Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,451 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,451
Reviews: 3,257
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 5,336
Gots: 2,140 | FT: 66
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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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing hop flavor,nice and clean and crisp. A friend of mine makes a Pliny clone home brew and it's spot on. Love this beer. Just wish I could get it more often. Haven't had the younger yet, but I've always been asking for it. Reminds me a lot of Heady Topper.

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4.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa, Ca

I for one enjoy hype surrounding a beer, were enthusiasts and to not get excited about a beer is just silly. Coming from the East Coast and having heard so much about this beer i was very excited to jump into a few of these on my vacation to San Francisco and the greater area. Unfortunately i thought Pliny the Elder was just Good, it wasnt Very good. I had rought a half dozen beers on the west coast i thought were better presentations. but i still enjoyed this beer

A - Great looking beer, was a deep Amber/orangish brew, had a nice fluffy head that retained well

S - Very jumpy pine and grapefruit at first gives way to a little dankier hops, but seemed less dynamic than i anticipated.

T - Grapefruite comes first and there is great balance in this beer with the strong hop notes and a nice malt backbone to hold it all together, only problem was it seemed like a short taste. there were flahses of citrus and some pine, but really not as robust and complex as many other IPAs i have had.

M - Mouthfeel was just right, had good carbonation, beer was very drinkable.

O - Overall Good beer, Very nice hop characters, very nice presentation. everything was very nice, i would buy this beer often if i lived out west, but there are many other beers i enjoy more, and i just cant give it a top score.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 2/6 enjoyed on 3/4

A - Beautiful beer. Nice big fluffy white head, crystal clear body, lively carbonation. Pretty much perfect.

S - Citrusy cat pee. Sweet malt in the background. Pretty muted unfortunately.

T - Grapefruity hops. A hint of cat piss astringency. Very subtle sweet malt in the background.

M - Smooth as silk. Alcohol is not noticeable. Bubbles tickle the tongue. Just a subtle hint of bitterness lingers on the tongue. Really nice mouthfeel.

O - It really lives up to the hype. I could crush a couple of these really easily. I can think of a handful of beers I'd grab before this one but it's really well made and enjoyable.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,451 ratings.