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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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12,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,035
Reviews: 3,399
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,934
Gots: 2,598 | FT: 85
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Ratings: 12,035 | Reviews: 3,399
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The Mrs. and I were in Napa last weekend for a wedding and some wine tasting. But after all of the hype surrounding Russian River Brewing, we had to make a pit stop. We walked in on a Sunday night and while was there a 45 minute wait for a table, it was happy hour all day. That means $3.50 for 16oz of Pliny. Yes and please.

I immediately ordered a Pliny. And boy did it live up to the hype and then some. Having it fresh apparently is the key to this beer.

It poured a translucent copper color with a sheets upon sheets of lacing and a bit of carbonation. Very inviting.

This is a perfectly executed double IPA. It's not a harsh bitter double but rather it strikes a perfect balance between ultra fresh hops and the classic west coast style while allowing your palate to taste all of the complexities. And it was not too overboard on the grapefruit. I understand why this is so highly thought of. The hops worked so well as they were all in unison. I could have drank a few of these. So crisp, clean with great hop and a malt backbone. I want another!

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- gold hue with white head and good lacing.

S- pine, citrus, grapefruit, grass

T- pine, grapefruit, herbal notes and citrus.

M- medium body. medium carbonation. Smooth.

O- balanced and solid DIPA. Not as fresh perhaps as the hype may account for; only my second showing. On tap perhaps in the future.

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3.16/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

You say citrus, I say CACTUS.

This thing is rated 100?!!!
Not for me.
I would never buy this beer. So, that sums it up.
This shows you the beer market hype does not equal taste.

I'd rate Flying Fish NJ350 a 10, this thing is a 2.
Or, Flying Fish Exit 16, 10.

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4.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not gonna give details here, just my opinion it's great, but hill farmstead double Citra, and heady topper are by far better. I would never turn.down a Pliny but after you have heady or Pliny you don't really look to aquire it as much. But. It deserves it's spot and is a great brew!

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4/9/14 bottled date.

Appearance: Translucent, straw color with a yellow hue. Rich sand colored head. Two fingers that leave nice lacing. Minor amount of carbonation visible.

Smell: Citrus and herbal notes of hops are prominent. Grapefruit and pine are upfront. Some more subtle floral notes. Some lighter earthy notes of grass and white pepper.

Taste: Hops are the star here. Balanced malt profile, but not in a sweet way.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and smooth. The hop oils envelop the palate. Tingly.

Overall: Great DIPA here. Complex nose. Straightforward taste that hits the nail on the head, including prominent hop and malt characteristics. Hops hit the tongue hard, and I like that. Very drinkable.

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Pliney the Elder is my top IPA.

I got a friend to fly back a fresh growler and that has been one of my most memorable bottle shares. Until then I had never tried anything so piney and nice to drink. This beer doesn't try to go over the top, it is very balanced and pleasant to drink. It tastes bitter but not overly bitter, and the texture of the beer is a bit thicker (maybe) than most IPAs.

Certainly one of the best beers.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,035 ratings.