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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,195 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,195
Reviews: 3,135
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,680
Gots: 1,628 | FT: 55
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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acat25

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-25-2012 21:54:54 | More by acat25
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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countchunkula


4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-25-2012 01:54:49 | More by countchunkula
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4/5  rDev -14%

04-25-2012 00:54:56 | More by FoodBrewsReviews
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-24-2012 23:13:36 | More by bootdown21
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-24-2012 22:40:15 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +1.7%

Bottle poured into tulip

A: Nice hazy orange very transparent, leaves a good one finger of off white head at the top that sticks to the glass for some good lacing

S: Lots of floral notes with strong hints of grapefruit and some honey on the tail end.

T: Up front is a lot of grapefruit with some floral notes, a slight sweetness that I think is honey. The taste of this DIPA is fantastic, and very well balanced not to much booze either, the hops are great.

M: Medium bodied, a good amount of carbonation, and little sticky feel.

O: This is a fantastic brew, had some high hopes before I opened it and was not let down at all. Glad my buddy got me a bottle of this now hopefully I can try the Younger. This is a great brew, well balanced and great tasting, perfect!

04-24-2012 16:53:39 | More by thedoubler55
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Gary79

Michigan

4/5  rDev -14%

04-24-2012 13:19:07 | More by Gary79
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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Virginia

5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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flayedandskinned

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

Bottled on 4/1/13
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, crystal clear, pale orange with a 2 finger tall pure white head that leaves thick curtains of lace down the sides of the glass as it recedes. Gorgeous.

Aroma: The hops absolutely burst out of the glass with distinct aromas of big juicy grapefruit, pine needles, ripe peach and little bit of pineapple. There is a distinct note of slightly sweet, bready malt to bring absolute perfect balance in the nose of this incredible IPA.

Taste: Huge, juicy citrus to the palate right away; mostly grapefruit and some impressions of tangerine. There is a sizable pine presence that follows up the initial bite of citrus, but the pine soon gives way to a brief note of lemon zest as the soft and chewy biscuit-y malt backbone cushions your palate from the positively explosive hops. The beer finishes very dry with a delightful bitterness that is intermingled with leftover whispers of the clean, crisp malt bill.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied, moderate carbonation, dry.

Overall: The quintessential double IPA, created by the brewer of the first Double IPA, Vinnie Cilurzo. I've had this beer hundreds of times and every time I drink one, I am continuously taken aback by the balance, drinkability and sheer quality of the hops in this beer. There has been many imitations attempted by many craft brewers, but I have yet to taste a single Imperial/Double IPA that toes the delicate line of balancing in your face hops and bready maltiness. Do plenty of other craft brewers make bigger and hoppier beers? Sure, but none can make me appreciate the finer things in life as much as Pliny does. Every craft beer enthusiast needs try a FRESH batch of Pliny straight from the tap.

04-24-2012 01:01:34 | More by flayedandskinned
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jacob4999

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -24.7%

04-23-2012 18:47:30 | More by jacob4999
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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

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Indiana

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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +7.5%

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Docrock

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle at 42F

A: A beautiful looking beer, golden color with a 1-1/2 head that lingers with a nice lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, nice hop fragrance, not overpowering, a well balanced nose, looking forward to first sip.

T: Wow. Much hoppier than aroma. The hops are well balanced with long aftertaste of pine. slightly astringent.

M: Carbonation is perfect, smooth in the mouth

O: This is a really good beer, close to hype, probably in the top five for its style.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 01:12:38 | More by Docrock
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wibrewer

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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zacheney

Oregon

5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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Maine

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-21-2012 19:35:17 | More by valdieu2
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,195 ratings.