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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,640 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,640
Reviews: 3,120
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,416
Gots: 1,391 | FT: 52
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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Reviews by spinrsx:
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle

Bottle acquired in a trade with swedes21 - thanks buddy! Bottled 10/18/10

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber/orange colour with a fair size fizzy and frothy off white head. There is a very high amount of carbonation showing and there is some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for around 5 minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - pine, hops, pineapple, citrus zest, floral notes

Taste & Mouth - There beer has a spectacular mouth feel - it doesn't feel as carbonated as it looks. It has a nice light feeling while remaining creamy and velvety. The beer starts with a sweet sugary pineapple flavour and then leads into a piney hop bitterness. It finishes with a strong hop aftertaste that lingers within my taste buds even after a few minutes have passed.

Overall - I wasn't sure what to expect with all of the hype about this beer. It is without a doubt the best imperial IPA I have had to date. You can really tell that they used very high quality ingredients in this beer. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 00:24:23 | More by spinrsx
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,640 ratings.