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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,490
Reviews: 3,165
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,834
Gots: 1,744 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

smonice, Dec 07, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Freshie bottle purchased at Hollingshead Deli when I was in CA (Orange) last week. Bottle is dated 11/26 and today is 12/5. I drank more than my share of Pliny while I was physically in CA. Some bottle, some draft. This is my last one that I brought home here to MA. Bottle poured into Hill Farmstead stemware.

A: Translucent, honey-amber in color. White/off white two finger head on the pour. Quickly recedes, but lacing is decent as i drink.

S: Sweet flowers (Simcoe?), grapefruit, piney/resinous hops. Light bready malts. Slight tinge of alcohol.

T: Grapefruit! Orange. Wonderful balance of hop blast amidst a malt backbone. Pretty much the standard, IMO, for DIPA balance and perfection. For a straight hop fix I might choose several of the HF line or HT, but this is one for the ages. I'm thankful that I am lucky enough to taste all of these great beers on a regular basis.

M: Medium. Slicky and slightly oily, but not at all cloying. Lingering bitterness, but not really dry per se. Begs for another sip.

O: Legendary for a reason.

jraras, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

langchops, Dec 06, 2012
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MikeEhrmantraut, Dec 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

18 oz bottle bottled on 11/21/12 poured into a tulip pint glass.

A- transparent amber hued with a 2 finger white foam head. Definitely not what you'd expect. But still a nice appetizing appearance.

S- DANK, tropical fruits, pine, grapefruit.

T- pine, grapefruit, orange? There's a hint of an orange creamsicle IMO. The freshness really comes through.

M- carbonation is perfect for the style. Oily enough to leave a lingering taste but enough to make me want to sip again.

O- best DIPA I've ever had. Perfect IMO. Super drinkable and balanced. I sipped this but can see myself drinking this by the mouthful how drinkable it is. Go get some. NOW

Johnnyramirez, Dec 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

bholby87, Dec 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

My favorite IPA of all time.

Pours a beautiful nice orange hue with a nice tight white head.

Smell slightly sweet tropical fruit with a little malt in the background.

Massive hops, piny bitter yumminess.

Great mouthfeel. I just wish I could have one of these once a week but about impossible to get in Texas.

Overall IPA perfection.

purdueflyguy, Dec 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev -14%

Derekg, Dec 02, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,490 ratings.