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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

11,844 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,844
Reviews: 3,355
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,746
Gots: 2,452 | FT: 80
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Huge thanks to russwbeck for this bottle, Russ is good people. Bottled on 09/21/2010

A - Upon pouring the first half of the bottle, it looks like your typical IPA. Pale, straw, light amber and crystal clear. Builds about a one-and-half-fingered head that dissipates fairly quickly. However, leaves some fantastic lacing that gives even the top-notch Belgians a run for their money. What is left of the head floats around in little clumps of islands on top of the beer, just masking the ocean of goodness that lies beneath.

S - Even right after the opening of the bottle I got strong whiffs of piney, citrusy goodness. Nose is almost entirely hop and pines, but can definitely get some notes of grapefruit, orange and lemon goodness. Smells bitter, but incredibly enticing. Refreshing and crisp.

T - Interestingly, you get a lot of bitterness within the first couple seconds, which is then counteracted with a smooth wave of malts and citrus. Not much alcohol taste at all in this one. The huge benefit of having a hop-forward bitter rush at first is that it leaves the palate ready to drink me and doesn't overwhelm. I'm more than 3/4s done and each taste is as good as the first and is begging me to drink me. Certainly a fantastically made beer.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied and carbonated just enough to entice the tastebuds and tingle the mouth. Feels great in the mouth.

D- Drinkability is astonishingly high for such a high alcohol DIPA. Really benefits from the smooth finish and is addictingly flavorful. The big bottle benefits greatly in this regard. A really fantastic brew and definitely gets me interested in more Russian River beers!

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This beer is flat out incredible. It is hard to believe that this beer comes in at 8% alcohol by volume.

It smells like hoppy goodness all the way around. Very inviting on the nose.

The color is a beautiful dark copperish variety, and looks like an ipa.

The mouth feel is thick enough but not too thick, and the texture this beer makes you want more.

The taste is an absolute 10 out of 10. One of the best beers I've ever had in this ABV range. So it's probably the best 8% Beer Iever had.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,844 ratings.