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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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9,769 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,769
Reviews: 3,124
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,482
Gots: 1,442 | FT: 53
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%

12-23-2012 05:56:50 | More by samturner
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-01-2012 15:51:35 | More by KingStephenR
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev -14%

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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-07-2013 15:48:35 | More by milliCAN
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

05-19-2014 14:01:14 | More by jstout26
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

11-22-2013 21:46:40 | More by daveydapoolman
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New York

5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

06-24-2014 23:17:34 | More by MaryW
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4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Thimbledrome for this one. Bottled on 7/10/2008 poured into a tulip glass.

It is a hazy golden, straw color with puffy white head that recedes very slowly. Smell is all hops...pine, grapefruit, and a little alcohol. The taste is a nice smack of hops and quickly fades to a malty flavor and back to hops at the end. The end of this beer is very dry, like the alcohol just evaporates everything in your mouth. It is much thinner than I expected and does not coat the tongue like a lot of DIPAs do. This is a highly drinkable beer for 8% and goes down much like a solid IPA would. There is a little boozy warmth left lingering in your mouth, but very well constructed.

I can not say this beer lives up to its hype, but it is definitely my style of DIPA. It is not overly sweet like a lot DIPA's can be, but very well balanced with a very fragrant dose of hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 01:44:23 | More by ddarden
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4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap several time and bottle a few as well. Draft rating. Pour is cloudy orange with a big creamy head that disappears rather quickly, but leaves a bit behind. Nice lacing. Aroma is piney and citrus hops with malt sweetness. Flavor is hoppy, but not overwhelming. Like chewing fresh, wet hops...but with a good malt balance. Finishes very clean. One of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 22:36:15 | More by miketd
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4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to ricand for sending me an extremely fresh growler.

It pours a golden, straw yellow. With a creamy white head and tons and tons of sticky lace left on the glass.

Pine, pine and more pine. Just tons and tons of glorious, dank hoppage. A slight bit of pineapple and grapefruit and maybe the tiniest amount of maltiness.

Chewing on pine cones. Not much other hop flavor is coming through and only the slightest bit of malt. Highly unbalanced but it is an amazing hop bomb.

Again, a chewy resinous mouthfeel. Medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

So incredibly drinkable. I couldn't detect the ABV at all and just zoomed through the first pint of this one. An exceptional DIPA.

Serving type: growler

06-29-2008 01:18:19 | More by thickerfreakness
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4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Russian River Brew Co. If only they could brew more of there beer on a larger scale. I live less than a hour from there brewery and I still only know of a few places to get there beer. Hope to see them grow without sacrificing there craftsmanship of what they brew. Excellent stuff.

Bottled on 8/18/11 Hmmm only 7 days old, I've had this beer many times before, but never this fresh, pretty excited.

A- Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle, powerful white puffy head, gorgeous looking yellow to gold body, very pronounced active medium size bubble carbonation. Almost looks like a fine Pilsner, only darker.

S- Ash crisp fresh Grapefruit, pineapple, mint, lavender. Hint of sweetness maybe from the malts more likley from the hops though. Strong fruit acidity, catching some nice floral notes as well. From the smell only this beer is a good buy, especially when its fresh.

T- Medium body, again getting really powerful strong grapefruit and orange, blood oranges to be specific, hints of tart lemon. Aspirin like bitterness at the very end that lingers oh so pleasantly. Surprised to see a melding between fruity citrus flavors and pungent floral aroma and taste. They really did a good job, also hints of mint and lavender I’m picking up as well, really makes this beer unique.

M/O- Has a really nice dry crispness to it, drinkabilty, I could have a few of these so its on the high end of being drinkable, even though it has a high ABV at 8%.

Look, I didn’t want to hop on the bandwagon, and give this beer a A+. However, this really has to be the best IPA I have ever had. I'm a big fan of the style to begin with. So I'm pretty picky about my IPA's. First sip I was convinced. Delicious beer, you have to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 22:42:03 | More by beerman21
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-12-2012 03:26:20 | More by andersen8185
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to pick up some Pliny while on a trip to Colorado, and it was without a doubt worthy of all the hype. It pours a deep gold with a solid head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass. The nose is all beautiful citrusy hops. Upon taking a sip, I noticed that while there was a malt backbone somewhere in there, this beer's complexity is all in its hops: grapefruit and pineapple flavors abound with a wonderful hop bitterness that stays around after each drink. The alcohol content is heavily masked by the hop explosions, making this an incredibly drinkable brew.

IMO, a perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 14:29:48 | More by Baraka
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

07-13-2014 17:56:36 | More by DrJones
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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