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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,314 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,314
Reviews: 3,144
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,742
Gots: 1,689 | FT: 55
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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umpbumpfizz

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-08-2014 21:24:05 | More by umpbumpfizz
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bellbw

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-16-2014 17:12:11 | More by bellbw
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Glad to crack a beer of this caliber for my 50th review, and cheers to psiweaver for the May 12th 2010 bottle. The beer pours a burnt orange in my Duvel tulip, with a frothy, 3 finger off white head quickly forming and lingering. The lacing is decent, but just a bit short of earning a 5 for appearance. A pungent hop aroma is present even as I pour, and grapefruit, pineapple, and bitter orange peels are appreciable. Each sip leads off with the briefest of flashes of bready and caramel malt sweetness, before a shotgun blast of hop bitterness asserts itself. This fades into a more citrus hop flavor, largely pineapple and grapefruit. If the hop bitterness vs flavor balance was tipped a little bit more towards flavor Pliny would get a 5, but it's not quite there. Carbonation is high, but to good effect as it helps highlight all the juicy hop goodness, and I'm surprised at how creamy the mouthfeel is given the relative lack of malt presence. I wouldn't expect to notice much alcohol at 8%, but I don't find any at all as I sip on Pliny, and it's so damn tasty that it's a struggle to stop and savor this despite the bitterness. Truly world class, and the template against which all DIPAs should be measured.

06-11-2010 03:22:57 | More by axeman9182
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legend8706

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-03-2012 12:05:00 | More by legend8706
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JandJMD

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-21-2013 20:55:23 | More by JandJMD
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mlew

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-05-2014 10:04:48 | More by mlew
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Jiegel

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-01-2012 20:23:30 | More by Jiegel
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Duffman79

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-11-2014 06:06:03 | More by Duffman79
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

It's been a while since I had this beer. A friend brought one back last winter when he came home snowboarding. I won't go into a lot of detail because it's been so long, just the things that stuck out. The smell was amazing! I know lots of people talk about it but it was amazing. Sooo much Simcoe. As far as the hop taste, it makes it very evident that hop profile is more than just IBU's. Definitely big on Simcoe but I suspect Columbus, Centennial and maybe Cascades. I'm sure it died off a bit as it was almost a month and a half old when I had it but this was one of the only beers I have ever had where I started writing clone notes while I was drinking it.

01-10-2013 18:11:51 | More by BlissJunkie
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ItsYourBoyBlue

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-15-2014 06:21:13 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
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Drake415

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-22-2014 01:10:30 | More by Drake415
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station815


4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-20-2012 01:09:11 | More by station815
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Thanks Thickfreakness for the Pliny and an awesome trade.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head that last a while and leaves decent lacing.

S: An explosion of hops that can be smelled across the room. A beautiful smell of citrus & tropical fruit with a hint of pine.

T: Taste is just as hoppy as the nose. Wonderful bitter hop upfront with notes of pine and citrus. Middle is slightly sweet and ends again with a hoppy bitteriness. Very well balanced with a long lasting finish.

M: Very smooth, but the texture wasn't what I expected. Moderate carbonation with a medium body.

O: An amazing beer that I am so glad to finally try. Going to open a second bottle here soon and will try to trade for more in the future!

04-04-2011 17:23:55 | More by BrewCrew2010
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-05-2013 01:20:21 | More by brandonld23
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Matt_Ortiz

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-09-2013 17:49:08 | More by Matt_Ortiz
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smg

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-25-2013 00:18:08 | More by smg
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ranrad

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-30-2012 03:21:41 | More by ranrad
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KRG

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-19-2014 19:18:55 | More by KRG
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voodoofish65usf

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-08-2014 17:29:43 | More by voodoofish65usf
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Cooker_stp

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-17-2013 23:55:29 | More by Cooker_stp
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EROCK75

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-19-2012 15:56:41 | More by EROCK75
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gavjamhawk

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-24-2013 01:25:53 | More by gavjamhawk
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BWED

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

8 oz. pour into tulip

A- Golden, slight haze, fine white head. Tiny bubbles, and delicate lacing.

S- Grapefruit, pineapple, juicy and fruity. Some toasty notes.

T- Pungent citrus, bitter, sweet, and juicy. Subtle malt flavor, but sweetness comes out to balance the intense hopping.

M- Medium body, with a tingly carbonation feel. Clean, but the finish is dry. Bitterness isn't overwhelming, just how I love IPAs.

O- Fantastic. The American classic DIPA.

08-31-2014 21:37:01 | More by BWED
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mfavoino

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Tasted out of a 500 ml bottle marked 1/3/12 on 1/11/12.

Appearance: Pours a translucent light orange color with a fluffy head that generated a lot of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Definitely smell the piney hops right away and detect some more subtle floral aromas as well. Made me very excited for the first taste.

Taste: First impression is that this beer isn't as hop heavy as one would think. That said, Pliny bursts with incredible flavor that starts with very fresh piney and citrus hops and a subtle malt sweetness . The piney and citrus hops are there, but for a DIPA, this is something that I think the admittedly non-hopheads of the world will enjoy. It might just be a perfectly balanced American Double.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinks very, very easily.

Overall: Although the relative inaccessibility of Pliny contributes to its legend, there is no doubt that this beer lived up to much of the hype. If it were more easily available, Pliny would be at the top of my list for "go to" beers. The drinkability is terrific, and I'm glad to have enjoyed such a fresh bottle.

01-12-2012 04:44:35 | More by mfavoino
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mattvandyk

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-24-2014 19:18:18 | More by mattvandyk
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,314 ratings.