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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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8,788 Ratings

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Ratings: 8788
Reviews: 3063
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003)
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This is one fantastic IPA. After searching the entire West Coast for over a month, I found one.

Kind of BS to get a beer. But all along I though the Elder was available. Come to find out it was a Unicorn like a lot of the West Coast IPA's.

After Searching I brought it back East and Enjoyed with a friend.

The adventure to get the beer was far more exciting than the beer.

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Preface: I've been around the world tasting beer and wine. I've had nearly every beer on the Beer Advocate top 250. I appreciate all styles but have a preference for Double IPAs.

Pliny lives up to its hype. While similar in style to Heady Topper, they are two very different brews. Heady Topper has a great initial taste (probably the best), but the overall taste pales in comparison to Pliny. Pliny is refined and elegant.

Pliny pours golden with a great head. As it is an IPA, don't tilt the glass when pouring! Pour it into itself to unleash the flavor.

One of the very few brews in which the smell is indicative of the flavor. It doesn't let you down. It smells of citrus, hops, and honey.

Taste is almost perfect from start to finish. It is impeccably balanced. The bitterness and malt backbone pair perfectly. The balance of hops is perfect. The sweet citrus and hop flavor flows throughout the sip. No bitter aftertaste and it has a smooth, clean taste.

This beer is perfect because of science. The most important ingredient - the yeast - is priceless. If you can get your hands on that proprietary strain, you'll be able to make your own cult beer. The other science is the blending of hops which "attack" certain parts of your palate. Much like the blending of grapes in a world-class French Bordeaux, the blending of hops in this beer is, itself, world-class.

The only negative aspect of this beer is the volatility of the hops. The taste is perishable. If it gets too hot or exposed to sunlight, the flavor profile is damaged. I've had BAD glasses of Pliny!! Some of the more negative reviews are probably based on the fact the flavor profile was damaged. When you make a trade for Pliny, it sits in a hot truck on its trek hundreds/thousands of miles. Make no mistake, when fresh, this brew is something to behold and I still haven't had anything close.

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A: Crystal clear golden amber with a two finger head after a careful pour. Brilliantly clear and beautiful beer.

S: Resinous hops. Dank pine, citrus rind, and pineapple followed by some grassy/floral notes. Orange zest and a touch of malt are also present. Masterclass.

T: Sweet tangerine and citrusy lemon upfront. Sappy and bitter pine coats the palate and lingers for minutes after each sip. Just a hint of bready malt character becomes apparent as it warms. Perfect balance of flavor and bitterness for the style.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,788 ratings.