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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
world-class

9,602 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,602
Reviews: 3,120
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,401
Gots: 1,377 | FT: 52
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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atoulouk

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-27-2012 20:39:32 | More by atoulouk
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stafford2

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-27-2012 16:22:40 | More by stafford2
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beef13

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-27-2012 14:53:06 | More by beef13
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likeemdark

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-27-2012 13:48:24 | More by likeemdark
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EinWeizenbitte

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-26-2012 20:00:51 | More by EinWeizenbitte
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distvan

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-26-2012 16:19:55 | More by distvan
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ninner00

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-26-2012 13:06:42 | More by ninner00
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kif

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle dated 01.03.2012 into a Stone tulip

A - Pours golden with a white head. Plenty of thin white lacing.

S - Lots of citrus hops. Grapefruit is the most prevalent smell I am getting

T - A very crisp taste that starts off with a bit of a piney taste that quickly transitions into the strong citrus hops. The hops are definitely strong, but is balanced out by just enough sweet maltiness. Very complex overall.

M - Crisp, thin, very drinkable.

O - Surprisingly easy to drink. I was expecting the hops to be a bit harsher, but the balance of the malt makes this one fantastic DIPA. I wish I could try an ever fresher bottle, but even 23 days out, this is incredible.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 09:18:26 | More by kif
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NORM4

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-26-2012 02:47:56 | More by NORM4
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beast464

Maryland

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-25-2012 20:03:51 | More by beast464
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VeggieNugget

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-25-2012 19:56:05 | More by VeggieNugget
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sammo

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-25-2012 19:09:37 | More by sammo
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Penguin3200

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-25-2012 15:28:33 | More by Penguin3200
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billyshears

Maryland

4/5  rDev -14%

01-25-2012 15:02:10 | More by billyshears
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.44/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 week old bottle.
See-through gold body, bubbly white head, and a sheet of lacing.
Sweet and a wonderful tropical(pineapple, mango, grapefruit), peach, and piney hoppiness.
Never had a double IPA before and was expecting to get smacked around by hop bitterness but this is balanced exquisitely. Mostly a pine and grapefruit hop taste with more subtle tropical flavors. Alcohol isn’t detected.
Not much carb, med body, and a slightly drying mouthfeel.
I could see enjoying a bunch of these in the springtime out on the patio...if only it was easier to get out here.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 06:11:51 | More by MattSweatshirt
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dylancraver

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-25-2012 06:07:32 | More by dylancraver
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schnell

Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A buddy and I brewed a clone Pliny a few months ago. It was a shot in the dark since neither of us even tasted a Pliny. I haven't been able to find it in Ohio. During a recent trip to Denver I stopped in at the Falling Rock Brew Pub, which had it on tap.

This beer is a must try for any hop head. It was outstanding. If I could get Pliny locally it would always be in my beer cellar. Oh, our clone was spot on taste-wise.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 04:11:25 | More by schnell
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jeff97701

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pub poured on tap in a 10 oz snifter.

Poured a beautiful golden color with a thick fizzy head. Left plent of intricate lacing. Smelled of pine and citrus, very true to class. Secondary smells were great. Felt smooth and pure going down, no rembrandts if alcohol, pure taste and enjoyment.

It's reputation proceeds it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 23:03:01 | More by jeff97701
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switzer

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-24-2012 23:00:23 | More by switzer
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blinkypalerrmo

Washington

4/5  rDev -14%

01-24-2012 21:36:09 | More by blinkypalerrmo
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chingonjefe

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-24-2012 20:23:43 | More by chingonjefe
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thatdirtymick

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-24-2012 03:49:12 | More by thatdirtymick
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- very crisp and clear in color copper to pale golden in color, thin white lacing retains along top, nice bubbles stream the glass

Smell- beautiful and really sharp citrus hops on the nose, really pungent in smell, grapefruit and just all kinds great rich hop smell, powerful

Taste- the mouth feel follows with out doubt that of the nose with powerful citrus tones, just loads and loads hops up front followed by middle back bone of malts providing great balance along the middle and the finish is just so long, lingers and lingers and lingers,

Mouthfeel- medium to light bodied its just so smooth and feels so slick and nice in the mouth with low carbonation

Overall/drinkability- okay well this is probably one of the beers I looked forward to enjoying trying more then anything else really or at least way at top of the list, i always wonder if i would find it lived up to all the hype, and it did, this beer is stellar, the flavor is just so spectacular and the balance is superb as it is hoppy but never crossing that line of being to much, the body is perfect, in drink ability its just flawless so smooth so slick, and that finish just wont stop, wow just really really good, this beer is all its hyped up to be and more ,far and away my best ipa if not beer, its a beer i only wish i could get all time, props to my guy who got me this thanks for the treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:48:18 | More by Stunner97
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ZDePaolo

Georgia

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-24-2012 02:55:47 | More by ZDePaolo
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drumspace

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers currently out imho. I wish that I could get more of it, as our stores here in Colorado limit me to 2 bottles at a time. :(
the smell is the first thing i noticed when i opened the bottle.
the color was very clean and clear which was a surprise to me.
taste was excellent, and the aftertaste did not linger too long like alot of IPA's that I try. I had a small tasting at my house and everybody loved it. not a single vote was negative. i like it because its not too strong, seems almost the perfect range of hops. my mouth was having a party and overall while I cannot rate something as perfect, it is as close to being perfect for my tastes. WELL DONE Russian River, Well done!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:41:18 | More by drumspace
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,602 ratings.