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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

11,459 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,459
Reviews: 3,259
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,356
Gots: 2,157 | FT: 67
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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They should really call this beer, Piney the Elder.

This tastes the way Pine Sol smells. And this is a good thing. This is Super Piney and just way out there in extremeness. Not so floral or grapefruity, but, man, does it deliver the Pine.

My wife doesn't care for it. I love it. Well worth the effort to seek out. Hell, I drove over five hours to find it. And I'm glad I did.

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

Poured from a growler we picked up at the brewery into a tulip glass.

A: Thick cream colored head with good carbonation in the clear orange honey colored body.

N: Citrus, pineapple, peach.

T/M: Hops! Citrus (grapefruit) bitterness with a peach sweetness. A dab of malty biscuit in the middle of the tongue. Bitter but so smooth and crisp. Clean body and mouthfeel with lingering oil residue (and bitterness) on the tongue. Alcohol is very well hidden on this one. Dangerously drinkable.

A little flat even though I had just picked up the growler the day before tasting; good nonetheless.

-edit-
What really sets this beer aside from other Imperial IPA is mostly the crispness and clean finish. The bitterness is obviously present, but it kind of lacks that sharp "bite" that other DIPA have when the flavor perception transitions from the nose to the tongue. In this regard, the flavor cannot get any better than it already is.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,459 ratings.