Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,449
Reviews: 3,257
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 5,336
Gots: 2,139 | 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: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a straw yellow orange with a nice frothy white two finger head that leaves a touch of lacing. Head dissipates to a nice skim of froth and carbonation.

Smell hits first with that piney grapefruit and pineapple fruit notes. There's an herbal hedgerow character to it. A sweet buscuity note somehow slips through. It's mostly pine/herbal/grapefruit/pineapple.

Taste is straight up piney, peppery tropical fruit hops with that sweet sticky resinous quality. The back end seems to be a bit of caramel and biscuit. Pleasant the entire way through. Almost an orange quality also lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky but the carbonation is moderate so that makes it feel lighter on the tongue. Resinous, but still drinkable and seems to be a nice balanced feel for 8%.

Overall, this beer is great. It is a bit of a legend but I don't think it's ultimately the end all be all of the DIPA's. It's a great beer that I'll have any day, but one worth the trouble of trying to find?

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's fortunately pretty accessible in California, so I've had it on tap and in bottles numerous times.

A - Light, relatively clear golden color.

S - Inviting mix of fresh hops and citrus.

T - The strong hop profile comes through immediately along with relatively muted hints of the citrus. The finish is dry and slightly bitter, but less so than some other DIPAs (such as Heady Topper). The overall balance in flavors is incredible.

M - Well-carbonated and easy to keep drinking.

O - After having this multiple times, I completely understand why this beer has been the gold standard for DIPAs. There are bold hops flavors but the emphasis on balance is awesome.

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I am filling this out from memory.
So, forgive me. But this beer isn't that memorable.
This beer had an excellent full but light mouth feel. A great medium bodied beer.
The color was on the lighter side of red-gold. More gold really.
It had aged a bit and this could be why it wasn't as memorable. The florals had dropped a bit but there faint echoes of it.
I consider this a great beer. But, personally, not my favorite.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,449 ratings.