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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

11,234 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,234
Reviews: 3,234
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 5,195
Gots: 2,035 | FT: 65
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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4/5  rDev -14%

NinjaPenguin, Feb 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Rice1303, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of mjstacker
4.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 week old bottle poured into a nonic glass. My 1st beer of the evening.

The color is great, kind-of a light copper/sweet orange. Mild haze, certainly not able to see through. Head was nice but disappeared quickly. Lacing all the way down.

The aroma was nice but a bit more piney and not nearly as citrus-y as i had expected.

Overall, very carbonated, nice tiny bubbles. Taste's like a world class double IPA. I like a bit more melon personally, but who am i to complain. If i lived in an area where this was readily available i'm sure i'd drink plenty of it, though i think i may prefer Blind Pig. All that said, drinking fresh Maine Beer Co. on the east coast seems just as nice. Cheers.

mjstacker, Feb 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Shandycan, Feb 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Krafty34, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of bound4er
4.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopyard in Pleasanton, CA

Nice straw color w/ a white two finger head. Smells of pine and faint malt. Tastes better than it smells...lots of pine and faint citrus with fantastic bitterness that manages to stay away from being over the top hoppy and dry. Alcohol is completely hidden. Very good beer that is really easy to drink but the Lagunitas Fusion 20 SF I had before this was better. Glad to have finally tried Pliny but seems overly hyped.

bound4er, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

vcoggins, Feb 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

guttervan, Feb 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

loaded4life, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.89/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My impressions of this beer were all good. I found this to be very dry, but not overly astringent. The hop aroma was strong and citrusy, with a light malt note to back that up. The flavor really matched the aroma well with no huge surprises. The dry finish and lack of alcohol warming makes this beer deceptively smooth and easy to drink, perhaps the most dangerous of the ones I tried. Folks not prepared for this alcohol content could put down a few of these before realizing just how strong they are! I have tried the bigger brawnier brother (Pliny the Younger) and that one takes it to the next level--more in line with a lot of the recent additions to the pantheon.

Jackofallbrews, Feb 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

dspinler, Feb 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Dajtai007, Feb 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

JMaxwell, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

DangleBerries, Feb 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ArdyExfor, Feb 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

adam_hill, Feb 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

NHhomebrewguy, Feb 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Excellent. Best IPA out there.

ParlayHard8, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

gmendez1122, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

PuFtonLyfe, Feb 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

jbhollis1180, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Goldfishman, Feb 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

AndyEdgar, Feb 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jcugafsu, Feb 02, 2014
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,234 ratings.