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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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12,008 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,008
Reviews: 3,394
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,914
Gots: 2,582 | FT: 82
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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

Bottle dated 12/23/09 picked up on a business trip. I've had this beer a few times. Better review it, as it is hard to say when I'll have it again.

S - I would usually review appearance first, but this is a beer you smell before you see. The moment the bottle is opened, the room smells like hops. After the pour it is only stronger. Pine is here, and a citrusy pineapple is hiding out as well. Are there hops floating in the bottle?

A - The appearance adds to the sense that this is a delicate beer. No floating hops, contrary to what my nose guessed. Instead, very high clarity, and just slightly amber color. The fluffy head is very slow to dissipate.

T & M - I agree with the general sentiment that pine dominates, but I remember it being even stronger in the past. I wonder if this bottle has started to fade? Either way, the strong pine and citrus hops sit well on the fragile malt backbone.

D - The final effect is the most drinkable IPA/IIPA ever created. For this alone, it deserves its reputation.

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A: Amber/orange colored body. Head dissipates fast and retains a white surface/ nice lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and floral hops.

T: Wow!!! Sweet citrus/pine hops(little earth), malt, followed by alcohol that creates this salivation/citrus zip that makes you beg for another sip.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, medium alcohol presence(though it defiantly creeps up), and medium/high carbonation.

O: Excellent iipa that possibly lives up to the hype. Satisfying in every area, this beer is fantastic. Salivating and mouth watering. Yes I would defiantly buy this beer again and recommend ever time I found appropriate.

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Bottle served in a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden hue. Thick foamy white head with exceptional lacing.

Smell: Tons of citrus hop aroma and lovely floral notes.

Taste: Amazingly smooth and well balanced considering the heavy hop aroma. Tons of citrus and floral hop flavor, but virtually zero harsh bitterness. There is a slight hint of nutty and biscuity malt flavors to serve as a background for the hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and extremely drinkable for an Imperial IPA

Overall: An exceptionally drinkable imperial IPA. This beer is big in every way and yet it is perfectly balanced. True art in a glass.

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A- Pours crystal clear gold with orange hues. A two finger of a billowy white head. Some noticeable alcohol legs and impressive head retention.

S- A lot of peach, apricot, mango, a bit of caramelized fruit. A breddy and sweet malt backbone. An IPA that isn't overrun by hops, and extremely balanced.

T- A moderate bitterness and a perfect balance with the sweet malts up front. This beer takes over with the hop flavors. A lot of pineapple, mango, apricot. There is also a slight pine and onion like character to it. The hop flavors remind me more of hopslam than your typical California IPA. The malts are very well implemented. There is a slight caramel and a bit of a crystal grain to it. An incredible balance to this beer.

M- A full body to this beer and unparalleled drinkability. A perfect bitter sweet balance Excellent carbonation.

O- Finally got my hands on this legendary brew! It's great. Not as hop forward as I was expecting but still very very hoppy considering its malt presence. Masterfully made and incredibly well balanced. This beer is worthy of it's lore and legacy.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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