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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,675 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,675
Reviews: 3,311
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,594
Gots: 2,321 | FT: 76
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Urban Tavern in the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco a few weeks ago. Very easy to drink. Hints of pine and citrus with a perfect balance. This I felt was a medium body work of art. Appearance is a fire orange. A must have if you can find it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've tried several Plinys now, and not one has been bad. Great IPA. Has a great, refreshing smell to it. Pours a light white/yellow head. Very citrusy and bubbley too, also has a really clean, crisp taste. Light orange in appearance. Beautiful lacing.

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4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Acquired a few of these from two different trades on the same day. Thanks h2k2c and frizzzle for hooking me up! Bottled 1/25/13, less than a month ago. Allowed to warm as I drank it, served fresh out of the fridge.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden body with minimal rising carbonation, a small 1/2 inch head rises and falls quickly and reduces to a few foamy bubbles surrounded by a white ring.

S- Super fruity and juicy upfront. Smells like I Just stuck my nose into a can full of tangerines. Grapefruit, orange, citrus, tropical fruits dominate with a slight resinous hop oil aroma in the background. The aroma is pungent and forward - the second I opened the bottle my personal space was saturated with the delicious aroma. I wish I could bottle it.

T- Upfront I'm hit with a nice balance of juicy, tropical, piney hoppyness and a solid but not too heavy malt backbone. This develops into a subtle stickyness that sticks on the tongue for a few moments.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body. Easy to drink.

Wow.. my first PtE. My first thoughts were that this is a very impressive DIPA - I can see why it is ranked what it is. At the same time, it is gaining some pretty fierce competitors. First example: Lagunitas sucks, a beer with a very similar hop profile and a clear filtered character, which is more readily available and less hyped up (which is probably why it has lower ratings). Another example would by heady topper, which in a side by side test would defeat PtE in my opinion. It's raw, unfiltered character gives it the one-up on PtE. Don't get me wrong, this is an EXCELLENT DIPA worth trying and I'm jealous of those who can get it on the regzzz.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1-25

A: light amber, caramel color, very clear.

S; pine, citrus, and grapefruit, caramel

T: bitter,grapefruit, lemon, earthy hops, piney goodness, gamut of hops with a sweet caramel backbone.

M: bitter and dry. but sweet at the same time.

O: glad i got to try this, im willing to trade for more.

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

Bottled 3 weeks ago. Served at 50 degrees F.

Crystal clear straw colored beer. Thick, snow white head. Retention is great, as well as lacing. Head fades slowly, and some remains throughout the duration of the drinking experience.

A balance of malt and hops in the aroma. Hop aroma is a blend of typical American hop varieties. Floral, fruit, and citrus. I expected a more pungent hop-forward aroma, but I'm not complaining. It has a certain subtle soft sweetness that's very, very good.

Absolutely perfect blend of malt and hops in the flavor. Soft and sweet at first, then spicy and bitter. Slight alcohol, but not what you'd expect for 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is spot-on! Soft, pleasant carbonation. Medium bodied, spicy, bitter, lingering finish. Perfect.

I obtained this fantastic beer from a great trader on Reddit. This is my first time trying Pliny. I feel like it definitely lives up to the hype. The balance is what really makes this beer better than the rest.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,675 ratings.