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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,929 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,929
Reviews: 3,203
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 5,034
Gots: 1,909 | FT: 63
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%

Dknipa, Feb 20, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2/6/14; 2 weeks old.

Pours a very clear golden color with retained fluffy head.

Smells so nice. Floral, pine, orange citrus hops on a background of sweet malt.

Taste of slightly sweet malts up front as the hops hit with floral and fruity light citrus tones. There are some light piney notes, almost a hint of mint. The finish ends long and dry with just a touch of spice and booze. There is some lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Medium bodied with a slightly viscous mouthfeel. Active, creamy carbonation.

Wonderfully balanced but big DIPA. This is one heck of a hoppy beer. The first time I tried it a number of years ago there was nothing else like it. Still top tier. I may prefer Abner and Heady.

brianmandell, Feb 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Ruben_Peinado, Feb 20, 2014
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godog, Feb 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

JulianC, Feb 19, 2014
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Jdw60, Feb 19, 2014
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jwswigs, Feb 19, 2014
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Omonigan, Feb 19, 2014
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Cristian_Limon, Feb 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerNoobNC, Feb 18, 2014
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csoult, Feb 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mabmab67, Feb 18, 2014
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Tricerahops, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's taken me about 5 tries of this beer to truly appreciate it.. When I first tried it I loved IPAs but had a much less developed palette. I've now had it both on draft and in the bottle and this bottle (bottled about 6 weeks ago) is the most I've enjoyed it by quite a bit.

Pours a beautiful dark golden color with about a half inch of creamy white head. Smell is dank, earthy, grassy and floral. Taste is much the same, malt takes a big backseat so that the hop flavors can shine though in a great balance with one another. Bitterness is there but the hop flavors are still the main act. Dry finish with flavors that linger slightly but don't stick to the tongue and leave your palette fried.

On other tastes I've been overpowered by bitterness but now I can finally perceive all the great dank hop flavors that are there. This is not a DIPA with tons of citrus or tropical hop flavors but if you can tease out the amazing earthy hop flavors that are there, it's a truly great beer. Cheers!

BreweryRun, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

bryc9194, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -14%

smhalcyonco, Feb 18, 2014
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jbird_1973, Feb 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

pgrenvicz, Feb 17, 2014
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, Feb 17, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: green 510 ml bottle, poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip pint glass.

Appearance: orange colored, with a one finger semi-aggressive pour into the glass.

Smell: wow, the citrus smell attracted the attention of my wife, and she does not drink. Floral, pine, citrus, best double IPA smell yet.

Taste: the hops are not overpowering, smooth taste, bitter, the smoothness is what caught my attention. The various taste blend and melt into each other. What a great beer.

Mouthfeel: could feel the oil from the hops, carbonation.

Overall: great beer, I got two bottles from a local liquor store, I am really hoping to get more. This is a beer I could drink at a party or at home with lunch or dinner. It's definitely one to sip, savor, and enjoy.

Catracho5, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

NicholasOfMKE, Feb 17, 2014
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,929 ratings.