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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

11,446 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,446
Reviews: 3,255
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 5,317
Gots: 2,119 | FT: 67
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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

~ 6 week old bottle I snagged from Rambo's in Estes Park, CO. Have also had fresh on tap and didn't notice a significant difference in flavor profile.

A: Clear liquid gold

S: Tons of grapefruit, some pine and other assorted citrus, really fantastic

T: Huge grapefruit hops right off the bat with a beautifully balanced malt finish. This flavor balance is the reason why I love DIPAs and Pliny absolutely nails it.

M: Pretty smooth and consistent with nice carbonation

O: My number 1 beer easily, nothing but good things to say. Worth all the hype and then some. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy other DIPAs (esp Abrasive), but Pliny is Pliny. Except no substitutions.

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4.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle on Nov 26

Bottled on Nov 15

A: Nice clear golden color with a medium white head

S: Pine, citrus, tropical fruits and sweet malt

T: Balance is the major characteristic of this beer. Taste is similar to the smell. Citrus and pine dominate with a very subtle sweetness from the malt way in the background. So much hop flavor without being even slightly overly bitter. So very well balanced and such little alcohol taste.

M: Crisp, nice carb. So very drinkable.

O: At one point this was without a doubt the best beer I've ever had. I have encountered better beers (and better IPAs) since then but this beer will always remain legendary to me. Unfortunately, I've noticed a bit of variation in Pliny over the last 6 months or so but this particular 11 day old bottle was phenomenal.

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4.3/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful and perfectly clear light straw beer. Overly carbonated like a glass of champagne. Thick full light head that fades but leaves sticky foam rings with each drink.

Smell: Light floral aroma.

Taste: Floral and citrusy. Lemon and orange peel. Nice full flavored without the overpowering hop flavor that usually just fills you up. Tastes like a fresh hop beer.

Mouthfeel: Light and thin. Sharp on the tongue and very clean.

Overall: Great beer! I would probably keep this in my fridge all the time if it weren't so damn hard to come buy. It's an extremely refined IPA. Would be a great summer IPA because it's not so heavy; it goes down easier than most IPAs. Just the right amount of hopiness covers up all alcohol flavor without being overpowering.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle served in a snifter.

a-golden pee color with a decent head and lacing, clear, which is usually not a sign of what a like in a good IPA
s-smell of fresh pine, generic citrus, cat pee, and marijuana
t-not at all blown away here, taste is muted for a DIPA, more pine.
m-not as sticky as say Abner or Heady, decent carb
o-not impressed, yes I could drink this every day without problem, but nowhere near a top contender among others like Abner, Double Sunshine, Heady, Sculpin, and Nelson. I'm happy to receive it as an extra but wouldn't trade just for it, meh.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,446 ratings.