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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,532 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,532
Reviews: 3,171
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,856
Gots: 1,751 | 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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5/5  rDev +7.5%

schnarr84, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of rfbenavi80
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 5-31-12. Picked up at the Brewery along with all the other "Russian River to go" beers.
An aggressive pour into a Tulip Glass.

A- Pours a mildly hazy perfect golden color with 3 fingers of thick, almost creamy white head that is sticking around a while, and leaving amazing lacing on the glass.

S- Getting lots of grapefruit, floral hoppy notes, plenty of fresh pine, and tropical fruits. Smells great.

T- Extremely balanced for a DIPA. Not near as bitter as some of the other options out there. It follows nose well with the bitterness of grapefruit, but the fresh sweet tropical fruit tastes of mango, and passion fruit. Crisp and refreshing.

M- Not as thick as some other DIPA's, which gives it it's very easy drinkablity. It's hard not to just gulp it down, being so perfectly balanced, and refreshing. Perfect amount of carbonation.

O- Lives up to the hype. At first glance it would seem like this is hard to get, but I'm sure at around 5 bucks a bottle at the brewery there are some BA's out there willing to spread the wealth and let others enjoy it. Seek this one out.

rfbenavi80, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14%

Naterobsnyk4, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Ami
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Ami, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of mgp2675
4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/25/12

A- Poured into my Westbrook pint glass, blonde-amber in color. It has a really nice head on it, though I did somewhat of a rigorous pour. Lots of notable carbonation and bubbles sticking to the glass.

S- Like any good DIPA, Pliny has a great aroma. Of course it has that hoppy, piney smell to it that I was expecting, but it has lots of grapefruit aromas in there, some citrus like lemon or orange, pineapple, even a hint of mango.

T- Still bitter and hoppy the way you want it, but all of those smells in the aroma work well with the taste. More and more grapefruit and citrus with a bitter orange aftertaste.

M- Lots of bubbles on the tongue, helped this beer go down smooth.

O- This is my third favorite IPA, behind Citra and of course Heady Topper. I never get tired of this though, it definitely lives up to the hype and worth trading for if you've never had it. I can't wait to try Younger one day.

mgp2675, Jun 23, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark golden with 2 finger white head that stays. Bottle is very adamant about drinking this beer fresh.

Smell: Lots of citrus/grapefruit notes.

Taste: Citrus upfront with a floral aftertaste, some honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A damn good IPA. Nothing flashy, but very well made and drinkable.

sureshot08, Jun 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Czar_chasm, Jun 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jbh26, Jun 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

abeerdude, Jun 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

theblackrook, Jun 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14%

Grayvey, Jun 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Quik4life3, Jun 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into pint at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours a hazy golden with thick white foamy head. Smell is fantastic! Sweet grapefruit and cotton candy with a tad blast of malts to finish. Taste is super bitter hop flavor but mixed with sweet cotton candy and pine notes. Its a little too bitter for me but its amazingly balanced. Overall, a truly amazing brew that does live up to its hype. Although I may like hopslam a tad bit more...
Being from NY, I consider myself very lucky to have had!!

DrinkSlurm, Jun 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jculler82, Jun 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rippy27, Jun 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

littleporter, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing pear/honey gold with a finger of sticky, stanky white head that dissolves to form a neat collar and spotty bits retaining in the middle. Slow needlepoint beading persists. A lovely glass of beer indeed.

Dense, fresh wet hops... tropical citrus galore with the support of all things coniferous. Mango, pineapple, spruce, rich pine, for having such a boring label this thing can really tango.

Big and bitter but subtle and smooth. Tremendous hop balance. Let's not even talk about malts... what are malts? Fuck malts, this stuff is crazy dank like the stankiest of the stanky. It's everything you can ask of a hop, all in one beer.

Overall, thanks a TON to schwartzoid for this and many other fantastic beers. Very glad I've got another waiting for me in the icebox cause this is DIRTY!

Hell yeah.

yamar68, Jun 21, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got 4 of these in a trade. Very excited. Held off on the review because, to be honest, was completely underwhelmed. Let it age a little bit, even though the bottle says not to about 100 times.

A - poured vigorously into my same old Sam Adams "I'm smarter than you, just look at the beer glass I have" glass. Pours a golden straw, paler than I remember. I know this isn't smell, but I smelled this bad boy as soon as I popped the top. Don't remember that happening last time. Fluffy pearl head, about 2 fingers that settles to 1 and leaves copious lace. Good carbonation. Great clarity.

S - make or break time, personally. Smell is incredibly important to me, and this doesn't disappoint. I get citrus (grapefruit, passion fruit, lemon zest) and maybe a little bread/earth, but the citrus dominates and holy shit on a stick is it good. Rivals my #1 ZD easily.

T - I remember spicy and peppery last time, and it shows up again, but not as strong as I remember. The citrus has left a little bit, and that may be a result of my silly aging. I get maltiness up front, followed by the hop punch (slap? It's not that strong) and a little alcohol burn on the way out.

M - medium to heavy, coats the palate and stays there for sure.

O - Blah, I hate myself for not giving all 5s. I guess I'm just not as sophisticated as you guys. This beer delivers everything up front with appearance and smell, then drops off a little with the taste. I wish that smell translated a little better into the taste, but what can you do? Would gladly take all this I could find, but wouldn't give body parts for it.

hoody711, Jun 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

apocalypsezombie, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

stevefinny, Jun 20, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. This is a great freaking beer. Honestly, I'm not a hop head and don't rush for the IPAs. But, this is truly one of (if not the) best bottled IPAs you can get your hands on. On the tap, I'm not sure if I would rank this above Blind Pig, but RR obviously has the IPA gig down. Great, golden appearance with just the right carbonation. Wonderful, grapefruit nose with all the things you love about hoppy beers and none of the stuff that scares you away. Wonderful taste and mouthfeel. I could keep going, but what more can you say about perfection. Buy this when you can find it. You won't find a better IPA in a bottle.

GlassHalfFull, Jun 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Vevoda478, Jun 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

mermaidtail, Jun 19, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,532 ratings.