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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,528 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,528
Reviews: 3,171
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,852
Gots: 1,748 | FT: 58
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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5/5  rDev +7.5%

nafredet1, Jan 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Crookdrain, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Petcha
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

~ 6 week old bottle I snagged from Rambo's in Estes Park, CO. Have also had fresh on tap and didn't notice a significant difference in flavor profile.

A: Clear liquid gold

S: Tons of grapefruit, some pine and other assorted citrus, really fantastic

T: Huge grapefruit hops right off the bat with a beautifully balanced malt finish. This flavor balance is the reason why I love DIPAs and Pliny absolutely nails it.

M: Pretty smooth and consistent with nice carbonation

O: My number 1 beer easily, nothing but good things to say. Worth all the hype and then some. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy other DIPAs (esp Abrasive), but Pliny is Pliny. Except no substitutions.

Petcha, Jan 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

wcl113, Jan 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

bbrown12, Jan 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

MacTeo, Jan 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

iKasey, Jan 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Tony412, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of anteater
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz bottle on Nov 26

Bottled on Nov 15

A: Nice clear golden color with a medium white head

S: Pine, citrus, tropical fruits and sweet malt

T: Balance is the major characteristic of this beer. Taste is similar to the smell. Citrus and pine dominate with a very subtle sweetness from the malt way in the background. So much hop flavor without being even slightly overly bitter. So very well balanced and such little alcohol taste.

M: Crisp, nice carb. So very drinkable.

O: At one point this was without a doubt the best beer I've ever had. I have encountered better beers (and better IPAs) since then but this beer will always remain legendary to me. Unfortunately, I've noticed a bit of variation in Pliny over the last 6 months or so but this particular 11 day old bottle was phenomenal.

anteater, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -14%

TomD, Jan 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

caspuria, Jan 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

IP-EH, Jan 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

NearTheGrove, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

LiquorsInc, Jan 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

seth128, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of constantine_272
4.3/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful and perfectly clear light straw beer. Overly carbonated like a glass of champagne. Thick full light head that fades but leaves sticky foam rings with each drink.

Smell: Light floral aroma.

Taste: Floral and citrusy. Lemon and orange peel. Nice full flavored without the overpowering hop flavor that usually just fills you up. Tastes like a fresh hop beer.

Mouthfeel: Light and thin. Sharp on the tongue and very clean.

Overall: Great beer! I would probably keep this in my fridge all the time if it weren't so damn hard to come buy. It's an extremely refined IPA. Would be a great summer IPA because it's not so heavy; it goes down easier than most IPAs. Just the right amount of hopiness covers up all alcohol flavor without being overpowering.

constantine_272, Jan 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

MelissaMonosoff, Jan 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Pumpknrdge, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

MadeInOregon, Jan 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DilisioYCBC, Jan 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hawkharvs, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

rafa1213, Jan 01, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle served in a snifter.

a-golden pee color with a decent head and lacing, clear, which is usually not a sign of what a like in a good IPA
s-smell of fresh pine, generic citrus, cat pee, and marijuana
t-not at all blown away here, taste is muted for a DIPA, more pine.
m-not as sticky as say Abner or Heady, decent carb
o-not impressed, yes I could drink this every day without problem, but nowhere near a top contender among others like Abner, Double Sunshine, Heady, Sculpin, and Nelson. I'm happy to receive it as an extra but wouldn't trade just for it, meh.

BAstoutsNsours, Jan 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Davihaw, Dec 31, 2012
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2/5  rDev -57%

user785335, Dec 31, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,528 ratings.