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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,791 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,791
Reviews: 3,125
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,494
Gots: 1,452 | FT: 53
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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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

09-08-2013 14:52:06 | More by Mantooth
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PatLarsen

South Carolina

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

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a big foamy white head that slowly recedes leaving behind lots of lacing. There is a steady stream of carbonation throughout the life of the beer. The aroma fills the room with floral, piney hops as soon as the cap is popped on this gem. The aroma really opens up as the beer is being poured and starts to showcase some citrusy notes as well. No real malt aromas to speak of The flavor is bursting with piney, floral hops. Not nearly as much citrus in the flavor as in the nose. Surprisingly there is really not much in the way of alcohol presence, hard to believe this is a 8% beer. Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Really quite good, and I can see why it is rated world class.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 19:57:20 | More by PatLarsen
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Ruben007

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-25-2014 00:43:22 | More by Ruben007
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mj001jk

California

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

Pours orange with white soap-scum like foam.

The hops jump out of the glass and grab you by the neck. This is an IPA and a west-coast one at that. No arguing about that. There are loads of citrus, primarily grapefruit, but also some orange and lemon zest with lighter grassy notes and that characteristic pine resin. As the beer warms some tropical fruit aromas develop as well, pineapple and mango/papaya comes to mind. The hops are intense but not overbearing, even allowing for some slight bready yeast aromas to escape.

Your mouth puckers immediately on contact with this juice but it doesn't get harsh, it slowly releases its grip and you are left with a wondrous melange of flavors that slowly evaporate from your sensation.

The balance between the malts and the bittering is exquisite and delicate, even leaving some trace amounts of sweetness on the long finish which in my opinion makes this a perfect dessert beer on its own.

Hands down one of my favorite IPAs and I am fortunately only a stoned-throw away from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 01:43:27 | More by mj001jk
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Chrisco88

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden/amber in color. Forms a thick, frothy white head, seems to last forever.

Aroma: Immediately hit by an intense floral hop aroma. Further sniffs reveal some citrus (perhaps grapefruit) and pine notes.

Taste: Quite bitter and hoppy up front but finishes with a light malty sweetness and a refreshing pine-y aftertaste that lingers but begs for more.

Palate: Very smooth, nice carbonation. Super clean aftertaste and mouthfeel, nothing in particular lingers.

Overall: A fantastic beer indeed. I went into this glass a bit hesitant; the intense aroma kind of put me off as I really don't have much taste for heavily hopped brews, but the complex taste and spot on aftertaste had me enjoying sip after sip. Definitely worth savoring, but damn easy to drink, too, and at 8%...

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:33:41 | More by Chrisco88
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jbogner

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

07-08-2014 14:57:29 | More by jbogner
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PatrickSullivan

New Jersey

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

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a great fluffy white head. Nice, thick lacing follows.

S: Pine is on the forefront of the nose with a good amount of pineapple and grapefruit to boot. There's a hint of malty sweetness in the background.

T: All those wonderful scents show up in the mouth. Some great pine and grapefruit hoppiness with some orange notes in there and a tiny bit of pineapple. Good malt backbone brings this to balance. Not excessively bitter and hides the alcohol quite well.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation with a nice smoothness and a bit of oily stickiness. Very drinkable.

O: A very well made, delicious DIPA. The hype behind it carries through the beer itself.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 15:36:36 | More by PatrickSullivan
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Squattro


4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

02-18-2013 19:30:46 | More by Squattro
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

05-25-2013 11:41:59 | More by jtladner
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iSrALE

Mexico

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

12-18-2011 04:14:44 | More by iSrALE
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simoen

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

08-27-2013 12:44:16 | More by simoen
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SPRichard

New Jersey

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

golden, light orange....very little carbonation....one finger head that becomes a thin layer leaving very sticky lacing

not much going on in the nose....sweet caramel malt is present...dominated by hops...citrus with some hints of pine

nice balance of citrus hops and pine accents...sweet malt and caramel...light toasted grain...predominant grapefruit as the beer warmed

medium bodied,,,moderate carbonation...creamy with a slight bitterness on the tongue

this is a beer to savor if it only makes brief appearances at you local beer bar...being on the east coast we rarely see this beer so i try and make the best of it when it comes around

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2009 21:39:42 | More by SPRichard
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Bananasplit

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

10-24-2012 05:50:50 | More by Bananasplit
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deuce9259

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

02-05-2013 15:52:20 | More by deuce9259
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kevwcamp

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

11-17-2011 17:07:49 | More by kevwcamp
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

08-03-2012 17:07:53 | More by richkrull
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striker2160

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

05-13-2014 01:50:38 | More by striker2160
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screenchef

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

07-24-2014 02:27:26 | More by screenchef
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johnyb

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

09-17-2012 01:54:56 | More by johnyb
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mattdbh

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

09-24-2012 21:18:29 | More by mattdbh
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hope22


4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

11-19-2012 04:13:45 | More by hope22
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Unsung

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

12-13-2012 22:14:47 | More by Unsung
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ste5venla

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

05-08-2012 22:18:35 | More by ste5venla
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VDODSON

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

03-13-2013 11:30:41 | More by VDODSON
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dinovis

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

05-03-2014 02:07:13 | More by dinovis
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,791 ratings.