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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,327 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,327
Reviews: 3,145
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,750
Gots: 1,695 | 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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CheftoDeath

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-15-2013 03:34:18 | More by CheftoDeath
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

11-15-2013 03:23:03 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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FullObs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

11-15-2013 00:53:25 | More by FullObs
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Lkell30

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-14-2013 22:55:24 | More by Lkell30
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BeerBuffalo

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

11-14-2013 20:26:04 | More by BeerBuffalo
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jackmax

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-14-2013 19:09:31 | More by jackmax
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EersandBeers

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +7.5%

11-14-2013 15:37:17 | More by EersandBeers
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JArt

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +7.5%

11-14-2013 15:15:41 | More by JArt
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MattyBones

New York

5/5  rDev +7.5%

Pliny the Elder...the beer I heard so much about when I really started delving into craft beers. I heard everything from it being the Holy Grail of beers to it being the most overhyped beer ever. All I knew was that I wanted to try it. After searching I was able to find a shop that would deliver to NY, so I ordered 2 bottles of the elder, 2 blind pigs and Redemption. Figured why not make it a RR care pack lol. Well...

Appearance: Liquid gold. Golden in color with a nice white head about a finger thick. Had a very fresh, refreshing look to it.

Smell: Extremely floral nose, fruity, citrusy, some pine. It was a very pronounced nose.

Taste: Okay...all the people that told me it was overhyped either lied to me and they never actually tried it or they are closet fans pissed off that its not readily available near us. This is what it's all about. A beautiful assault of citrus and pine, hops, hops, hops charge with a solid bitterness that balances out with slight malts, but nothing that takes away from the awesome flavors.

Mouthfeel: clean, fresh, smooth and did I mentioned fresh. Slick enough to hit the palate and give you all the flavors without shredding it.

Overall: It absolutely is the most well balanced beer I've tasted to date. It's clean, refreshing, the perfect amount of bitterness, it is amazing and I couldn't wait to jump in to that second bottle. I've had Pliny now and I have had heady as well. They are pretty much neck and neck but I must admit that I enjoy Pliny a tad bit more. It's a little cleaner tasting and a tad bit more balanced. Hopefully I won't have to wait too long to get my hands on another bottle or 2.

11-14-2013 14:24:18 | More by MattyBones
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.59/5  rDev -1.3%

L: Bright clear gold with a nice white head and some excellent lacing.

A: Big piney, citrusy hops with some light stone fruit and pineapple notes. The malt is clean and neutral, just some nice breadiness, and the yeast character is super clean.

T/M: Big bitterness upfront, moves into some big piney simcoe notes and some softer citrus notes as well. The hop flavor is met with some clean, crisp malt and fades out into a big, bitter and dry finish. Pine and citrus rind notes linger on the palate for some time.

Overall, a very highly regarded beer that lives up to the hype. The perfect example of what a West-Coast IIPA is all about, not to mention that it is the original. If this isn't World-Class beer, I have never had it.

11-14-2013 03:14:13 | More by Siriusfisherman
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Moopband

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-14-2013 02:45:52 | More by Moopband
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the4_5

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

11-13-2013 22:40:56 | More by the4_5
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SBXLII

New York

3.19/5  rDev -31.4%

Had an 8-23-13 side by side with a 6-1-13 Heady Topper. The Pliny does not hold a candle to the Heady. It had basically become a malt bomb whereas the Heady literally tasted as good as the day it was purchased in Waterbury.
Terribly disappointed in all the hype.
Green Flash Green Bullet was literally better than Pliny. Sorry, Russian River.

11-13-2013 21:59:47 | More by SBXLII
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V3XX069

Kansas

4.94/5  rDev +6.2%

16 oz. bottled poured into a pub glass.

A – Golden bronze, with a light head. Left gorgeous laces during consumption. Slightly opaque, no sediment.

S – Fresh hops, slight pine and citrus.

T – Great complex flavor. This is a finesse IPA. Balanced citrus and pine with a crisp hoppy finish. Not in your face with the hops, they are subtle yet pronounced.

M – So fresh and so clean. Leaves you lingering for the next sip. Slight tang and bite from the hops, but a bite in the best kind of way, if you know what I mean. Like Kate Upton just nipped at your lips. Medium bodied. Oh man, give me more!

O - Blew me away. I love west coast IPA's like Ruination and Hamilton’s Ale. If these two are like in your face powerhouse Bordeaux’s, then Pliny is no doubt like a finesse Burgundy.

11-13-2013 18:54:59 | More by V3XX069
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Thrashsquatch

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

11-13-2013 16:11:13 | More by Thrashsquatch
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gspeer711

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

11-13-2013 04:06:55 | More by gspeer711
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TheSlipperyOne

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-13-2013 01:47:14 | More by TheSlipperyOne
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fayenatic

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

11-12-2013 22:41:20 | More by fayenatic
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TheElbow

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-12-2013 21:21:03 | More by TheElbow
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-12-2013 21:13:48 | More by mmulebarn
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epicd3

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +7.5%

11-12-2013 14:55:35 | More by epicd3
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TrojanRB

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-12-2013 13:07:49 | More by TrojanRB
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chewy6935

Michigan

5/5  rDev +7.5%

11-12-2013 03:50:03 | More by chewy6935
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chadski

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

11-12-2013 03:08:56 | More by chadski
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Murp

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -14.4%

Not sure what to say about Pliny. It's basically perfect, but at the same time it's not terribly interesting.

The appearance is exactly the light copper it should be. The smell is balanced (you'll see that word a lot here) with notes of plant, citrus, pine and resin. The taste mimics the smell, with just enough sweetness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is good, neither to thick or thin, with a little lingering resin.

The end result is just right, but somehow less than the sum of its parts. I certainly enjoy Pliny, but it's never made an impression that lasts. It's an exceptionally balanced double IPA, but it's basically the same IPA everyone makes, just executed better.

11-11-2013 23:39:36 | More by Murp
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,327 ratings.