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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
world-class

11,851 Ratings
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100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,851
Reviews: 3,358
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,747
Gots: 2,456 | FT: 80
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Photo of Onemikeosk
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect mix of bitter/citrus flavor

Photo of Walruzuma
3.55/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. I can't believe I'm about to write this. I've never felt like a 'beer snob', but WOW. I feel so misled. Being from Vermont, where massive IPA's are de rigueur, I totally expected more based on ratings and reviews. I obtained my sample(s), via trade. They are very fresh (less than 2 weeks). They arrived well packed and cold, so I don't think mishandling is involved. My first impression: this is such an average feeling DIPA in 2015. Sean Lawson was brewing this same beer a decade ago in his shed. It is relatively clean, smooth and true to IPA form. But that standard sailed a half decade ago, at least in New England. Five years ago I might have been blown away. Today? I am sadly unimpressed. I am dismayed at how this is perceived by the public.

Photo of lavapajamas
4.28/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smity230
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Misfit2209
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This brew is a masterpiece of balance for the palate.

Photo of Willyd81
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mikecap
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reds76
4.82/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap in Philly - amazing!

Photo of Juno_Malone
4.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Garrett101488
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmarino
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erinmystic
4.34/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purely tastes like grapefruit. Hop, hop, hoppie. But many wish they could brew this beer. Many Pliny clones are brewed.

Photo of Stezz420
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Osseous
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured sideways into an IPA spiegalau. Heavy amount of head with constant bubble trails to the surface. SRM of ~15 , amber in color though slightly darker than expected. Lattice work formed along the sides with consumption. About 1/4" to 1/3" of resurgent head consistently formed upon agitation. Smell was incredible, with an overall pungent floral smell with obvious hops and pine. Taste was a fresh, crisp fruity tartness, reminiscent of grapefruit. Perfectly astringent, with a slight but not overpowering pucker. Finish was a slow build of bitterness that progressed, but finished asymptotically smooth. Definite presence of pine and resin. Mouthfeel was medium, with some definite body though counterbalanced by its refreshing taste. Overall, probably my favorite beer as of now, and anyone who is interested in hoppy beers ought to try this!

Photo of spoofer
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best. Still not as good as all the hype. But defibitely 5 of 5

Photo of mbfolk
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden apricot. Two fingers white head that reduces to foam leaving awesome lacing. Medium mouthfeel with aromas of tropical fruits and pine. There is a reason this is a top 10 beer.

Photo of Grodd87
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of simcoeluv
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are some really, really good double IPAs on the market.

This one is still the best.

Crisp, clear, wonderful aroma, excellent taste.

It is the standard by which I judge all others.

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eschlue
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nfkraemer
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is my new IPA favorite over Dogfish Head's 60min. Amazingly well balanced floral notes, sweetness with bitterness. The upfront bitters are subdued with only a slight reminder that you just took a sip of a delicious fruity, piney, crisp, and sparkling golden IPA.

Photo of john0721
4.29/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

510ml bottle, yellow, white head.

Pine, citrus fruit (grapefruit) in the nose.

Pine, citrus fruit (grapefruit,orange) in the flavor with a nice bitter finish.

The excellent piney, citrus nose is the high point for me with this beer. The very good flavor is a bit subtler.

Photo of Wolfpac78
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gradergator
4.79/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jasonrsmith0519
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,851 ratings.