Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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12,515 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,515
Reviews: 3,520
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 6,340
Gots: 2,922 | FT: 87
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 Freeldrcw
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Toronado. San Diego. Perfection. Juicy A.F.

Photo of GMan310
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Double IPA Drove 6 hours from LA to get to Russian river

Photo of Mmart802
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth, clean and well balanced. Very much a a West Coast IPA. Delicious.

Photo of Joey2timer
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

on of my favorite ipa's. a little over priced tho

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

Probably the best IPA I've had the pleasure of drinking.
Nothing can be said about this beer that haven't been said already. My buddy and I got heavily buzzed off a growler in one sitting and regretted we didn't pick up a case.

Photo of MA_hops
4.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid Double IPA, nothing exceptional, but well above average. Definitely is a malt forward beer with a decent amount of pine like hops.

Photo of Spookykid7088
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard to find. Got lucky late last year. Great stuff.

Photo of T-34-85
4.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this beast!...What a treat. The quintessential west coast IPA. Very similar bitterness and citrus fruit presence one would anticipate from the style, but every aspect seems to just be a little better than the competition. Excellent carbonation level and mouthfeel for an IPA with a great taste and a good nose.

Photo of Gajo74
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I do not know how else to say this without sounding grandiose, but I feel like I have truly found the holy grail of all IPAs. Being in NY I am unable to get this one and have thus wanted to get my hands on it for a while to see what all the hype was about. Luckily, my father went on a trip to the Bay Area recently with a request to find Pliny. He brought back three bottles, which did nothing to disappoint. Holy mother of all beers! I never curse in reviews, but,.... here goes...this is the greatest fucking shit I've ever tasted in my life!!!
Straight from that lovely golden pour, the most delicious aromas emanated from the glass. Tropical fruits, malty sweetness, citric, resiny and piney hops, floral had it all! I was inhaling with gusto! What a delicious taste! A hop bomb with perhaps the greatest hops to malt balance ever. So complex; fruity, bready, piny, hoppy. A strong grapefruit and resiny hops finish. What a mouthfeel! I could swirl it in my mouth all day long.
I'm so sad to have finished my 3 bottles. I am still dreaming of the taste and hope to feel it again soon. I did not have to think twice about giving this one a straight 5. It's perfect and pretty damned special.

Photo of kkleu357
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to try this. Thanks Brian for bringing this back from California. Bottled on 4/21. Perfect golden body with a wonderful white head. Tons of pine in the aroma. Puts you right in the mindset of walking in a pine forest. Huge bitter pine flavor with tons of citrus taste. So good. Seems like an excellent balance of pine and citrus, probably leaning more on the pine side. Oddly, there was still some left in the bottle after the bottle share, so I went back for seconds..

Photo of kimghamburger
2.82/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Don't waste your time trying to get this one.
Stones enjoy by overshadows this beer. It's only good as trade bait.

Photo of Beerandwhiskey63
4.81/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's a great beer, when you're drinking it you can't tell that it's a double Ipa thats 8%. Is it worth all the hype? Naw I don't personally think so, but if it is on tap I will for sure get a pint. I personally like a bitter bite when I drink an Ipa and it doesn't really deliver that.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gold draft pour, white head, and good lace. Grapefruit and pine nose. Tart fresh squeezed grapefruit with fresh hop finish; malt foundation holds it all together well. Medium mouthfeel with pine resin tongue coating. Excellent - one of the best beers I've ever had!

Photo of toronadotornado
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cask - San Francisco, CA - bottle (but previously enjoyed on draft at Toronado)

Photo of hawkx8
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer overall (ie the 100 point rating). It's always a race to our local Total Wine to be one of the few to get one and always a treat if you're lucky enough. For me, I enjoy bright citrus notes which Elder only has subtle hints of, but this is definitely a beer in my top 5 and I highly recommend trying.

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

Lagunitas taste-a-like. -.5 for the hype

Photo of KSOZE
4.41/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect example of the style. Well rounded IIPA with all the elements you look for. Glorious piney, bready and citrusy aroma. Pine, slight citrus, slight floral flavor with malt to back it up. Sticky, full texture with a slightly dry finish.

Photo of Golden303
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The king of the piney ipa's. The gold standard of beer. The granddaddy of them all. The sultan of swat. The.....

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

Friend brought me back two from a west coast trip. Pleasure to finally have this one. Another friend mentioned that it was like an IPA marshmallow that melts in your mouth. It was an incredible beer. Super thankful to try it. Damn good. One of the best I have ever had for sure.

Photo of marcfromphilly
4.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sublime taste. Thick and syrupy pine flavor and smooth sudsy mouth feel. Would drink again.

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

Perfection. There is no rival.

Photo of jow_42
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz bottle (4 days old!) poured into a Russian River pint glass

A - crystal clear, golden amber color. Tons of carbonation. Bright white, fluffy head.

S - Super dank, piney, grapefruit, grapefruit pith. Very bitter, in your face hops. West Coast style at its finest.

T - Amazing stuff. Huge grapefruit bitterness, orange, pine, resinous, dank hops. Grapefruit rind, orange pith on the back end. Bitterness lingers, but the bready malts balance Pliny well. Very easy drinking for an 8%

O - I've had Pliny tons, but having a 4 day old bottle in So Cal was a treat. People say this is a fast fader, but it doesn't get much better than this - for the West Coast style - when fresh. Highest of recommendations.

Photo of Belgeko
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp and clean, all around great beer

Photo of Coleman253
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best IPA I have ever had. (That being said I have not had the pleasure of meeting "the younger"). True definition of a beautiful double IPA. Perfect in look, smell, taste and feel. Every palate is different, and the introduction of each aroma and taste will be yours to discover when you have the opportunity to become acquainted with Pliny the Elder.

Photo of Chris33
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my future cousin-in-law for saving me one of these after his trip to Cali. Definitely lived up to the hype. I'm from Vermont originally and this stands up there with Heady; although comparing the two of those is like apples to oranges (other than they are both DIPAs). Top notch beer and I can't wait until I can get my hands on it again

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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