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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,537 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,537
Reviews: 3,171
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,860
Gots: 1,755 | FT: 58
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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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rockinjt2222, Aug 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

cubixrube, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottled 3/5/13.

A: Bright copper/golden color with a striking clarity. Three fingers of creamy, eggshell-white head retains very well. Lacing Is spotty. easily one of the best looking IPAs out there.

S: Fresh hop bouquet of mango, melon, pineapple, white grapefruit, and a slew of other tropical fruits. Somewhat dank. Oily, leafy, herbal edge. Aromatic pine needles. Just the slightest whiff of a shortbread/biscuit malt base.

T: Pine up front. Spicy, herbal, and leafy as well. Gripping, oily bitterness. Hemp seed. Bitter grapefruit. Bursts of mandarin orange, mango, and other tropical fruits. Very well-hidden alcohol presence carries tropical esters of pineapple and star fruit with it. Peppery. The malt base is barely a factor, with just a slight taste of toasted biscuit coming through. The finish is all hops, and the gripping spicy, herbal hop oils don't want to let go.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and full-ish. A restrained stroke of prickling carbonation supports nicely. Very smooth. Great.

O: When talking about West Coast IPAs and DIPAs, this is the standard to which all are measured. Rightfully so. It's pretty much perfect from stem to stern. An extremely well-crafted beer, and one that can scratch that hop itch like no other.

ryan1788a5, Aug 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Nicolay3535, Aug 27, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my 2nd time tasting Pliny and I come away simply thinking that sure, its very very good, but if I was given it in a blind testing without knowing what it was I certainly wouldnt think "this is one of the greatest things ive tasted in my life"... It seems on par with most really good IIPAs.. Making me thinking its high rating comes largely from fame rather than innate worth..

BirdFlu, Aug 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

msgraceffa, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

DiscOn, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of MeowTom
4.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear gold with a huge foamy head. The head sticks around for a while and never really goes away.

S- It's a huge piney hop smell. I could smell it when it a couple of feet away away. It's like I'm walking though a pine forest.

T- A huge hoppy bitter taste I was however expecting more from the way it smelled. I think it is a wonderful bloom as it sits on the tongue.

M- Thick body with a wonderful smoothness mixed with the carbonation.

O- Some really great things are happening with this beer and it is one of the top IPAs I have had, but the rumors of the greatness have disappointed. I can't believe that Zombie Dust doesn't have a better score than this, but thats life. I think I will have a zombie dust right now.

MeowTom, Aug 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Focusf111, Aug 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

rjfarel, Aug 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MichPaul, Aug 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rmfyeah, Aug 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

cspieth, Aug 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

scottiethebody, Aug 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

ant880, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of djs467
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear with a nice 1 finger head.
S: Just wonderful.
T: Definitely a very hop-forward beer, but the slight malt presence is perfectly well behaved for an American DIPA.
M: I feel this is the only part of the beer that is lacking. I felt the beer could use a little more body, but I am just being picky at this point.
O: Just a fantastic beer. However, given the popularity of the style it is really hard to crown a champ, but this beer would be in the top 10.

djs467, Aug 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

wyckydsceptre, Aug 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev -14%

mylar, Aug 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

NicAutry, Aug 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

jkjd, Aug 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Glopez, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14%

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,537 ratings.