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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,524 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,524
Reviews: 3,171
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,852
Gots: 1,747 | FT: 58
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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Photo of SaucedBoss
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you haven't tried this beer, PLEASE do.

Easily the best beer I have ever had. This is what beer should taste like. My only issue is that it isn't produced in mass quantities. I am blessed to live close enough to Russian River Brewery, but even then it takes a bit of effort to find this beer. Bottles usually sell out within hours.

Perfect Appearance / Smell / Taste / Mouthfeel.

A beautiful light copper color and the best flavor I have ever had. It will bring a tear to your eye I promise.

SaucedBoss, Oct 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Nuggetz, Oct 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

wrw5031, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DanSmith17, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

KevinStaley, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of tkdchampxi
4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


My first review of this beer was just a plain 4.75 score without a written review.

Upon my second tasting of this beer, I have to say that Pliny can seriously suffer in quality based on how it is kept or served.

Pliny is Pliny, and if you've had it before, you know how good it can be.

Both times I had it, it was on tap at special beer events. The first time I had it, about three weeks ago, it was juicy, citrusy, hoppy, and delicious. The second time I had it, yesterday, a lot of the hop profile that made it so amazing had deteriorated. As I understand it, both pours came from the same batch at Russian River, and both pours were from recently tapped kegs. Nonetheless, yesterday's pour was significantly worse. It had all of the same hop and initial flavors at the fore, but it had lost so much if its special quality off the back end.

It was still good, but it wasn't better than the uber-fresh Victory Dirtwolf that I had it side-by-side with. For a pour of Pliny, it was honestly disappointing.

tkdchampxi, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

9uns, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

bruceleeroy, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev -14%

BullBearHawk, Oct 07, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: light golden color, about a finger of head which stuck around nicely

S: let me preface by saying I tried this at a campsite on a perfect warm fall day. Like the pines around me I was hit with pine and soft fruit.

T: wow very nice. Strong woodsy flavor followed by the taste of the grain. The farthest from harsh it could be. Perfect carbonation, just an experience that is especially rare in my parts

M: cliche, but smooth, meaning that from fist sip to aftertaste is extremely pleasant. This beer lingers long enough to remember why you specially requested it.

SiriusBock, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

CATVDK, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of bcerv-ca
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on: 9/30/13. Drank on: 10/4/13.

Poured into a pint glass. Color was a beautiful golden orange . Small carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass, evenly distributed throughout the beer.

The beer smells like you are walking through a pine forest in the early morning and hints at the amazing, complex taste that is about to follow. Smells like dank, resiny-pine, with sweet fruity notes. I let it sit for a while and the smell of alcohol became more noticeable.

Upon the first taste, I receive an immediate blast of pine & citrus, with a smooth, somewhat bitter, finish on the back of my palate. As I continued to taste, the bitterness faded and Pliny became smoother, fruitier & the booze more noticeable. The amazing taste lingers on the palate and leaves you wanting just one more taste.

Pliny the Elder is a MUST-TRY for any craft beer fan.


bcerv-ca, Oct 05, 2013
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,524 ratings.