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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,288 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,288
Reviews: 3,142
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,731
Gots: 1,672 | FT: 55
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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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-15-2012 02:15:19 | More by EasyDub
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

10-15-2012 01:40:22 | More by fehrminator
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Fresh bottle picked up at the brewery. 10 days old.

Crystal clear, copper colored body. Rocky, 1 finger, white head with great lacing. Very good looking beer.

Aroma was excellent. Strong floral and citrus aroma. Slight pine. Mildly sweet and a nice malty aroma. Hints of caramel. Great balance.

Taste was just as amazingly balanced. Big floral and citrus flavors up front. Good lingering piney, danky hop flavor that blends in to a balanced biscuity, malty backbone. Some mild sweetness still shows its a DIPA with notes of caramel. Bitterness still peaks through the malty profile and lingers lightly in to the finish. Mildly grassy and resiny in the finish. Finishes clean with no signs of ABV, just some lasting hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel was perfect. Medium body, medium carb and a dry finish.

Overall its an excellent beer and is always enjoyed. Drinks much lighter than 8% and has an excellent balance of malt and hops. The fresher the better on this one.

10-14-2012 22:12:40 | More by riored4v
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -24.7%

10-14-2012 21:27:43 | More by cornpone
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-14-2012 16:49:51 | More by Fenfig
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-14-2012 05:16:19 | More by itsthepleats
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-14-2012 03:06:01 | More by psdonnelly
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-13-2012 11:56:37 | More by jpd7374
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-13-2012 03:49:48 | More by Hebi
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-12-2012 22:44:44 | More by joh04587
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-12-2012 06:35:28 | More by ishinder
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-11-2012 21:44:03 | More by Hopblooded52
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4.4/5  rDev -5.4%

I traded a couple bottles of homebrew for a bottle of Pliny last night, and quite frankly, my friend got the short end of the stick. This beer is wonderful.

It's appearance struck me as the way people tend to draw beer in cartoons- perfectly golden and with tons of head except it was real. It had a good strong hoppy smell to it that gets the saliva going and when you take the first sip that tasty bitterness comes through like lightning, accompanied by a little bit of a citrus note. Its surprisingly drinkable for how high in alcohol it is which is really not that perceptible. Towards the end I started getting a little bit of a soapy taste in my mouth though, but que sera sera.

For folks who love IPA's this is a must-try.

10-11-2012 19:06:31 | More by Tantrum
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4/5  rDev -14%

10-11-2012 17:36:50 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-11-2012 15:58:36 | More by cmr5056
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-11-2012 14:19:28 | More by cfrobrew
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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%

A few hours after I finished it, so not the most in depth or accurate review. I plan to come back when I open by next bottle.

What I remember from our 510 ml bottle:

A- A beautifully light and hazy orange. Poured over three separate snifters, first one about a finger and a half head, and the last hardly any. I drank out of the next-to-no-head snifter (I'm a sharing guy)

S- The aroma was dank. Pungent. Intriguing. Citrusy for sure, but nice pine aromas were beyond present, and a nice earthiness also.

T- The taste. The taste by itself was not what I was expecting. I expected something to stand out as far as individual flavors. But no. I had wanted this beer for ages, but there was no one flavor that made me love it. It was the balance that made it a necessity for more. Russian River brews their beer with very few specialty grains. Maybe this was the reason behind this. Citrusy hops dominated the flavor. A little pine, pretty much like the aroma minus the amount of earthiness.

M- The mouthfeel. Although it did not seem/look/hear very carbonated (and I said I had the least heady of the three), it left a nice, perplexing "tingling" feel on the tongue. Constantly enticing you to come back for more.

O- One of my favorite beers. I had many different ones on this evening. Including vintage. But this was one of two that stood out. Perplexing and satisfying all in one. The mouthfeel and balance is what stood out. While the aroma and taste were definitely strong, I expected that.

10-11-2012 05:13:00 | More by MrBoh
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4.8/5  rDev +3.2%

Draft at Monk's Cafe in a pint glass.

A: Liquid gold body with a rocky, white, unflinching head. Leaves narrow bolts of lace on the glass.

S: Smells like an unadulterated hop flower. Great hop smell, but a bit more complexity would be nice too, I couldn't really get any malt.

T: Rolling in fields of hops and clover. Hugely floral with honey notes. No astringency or alcohol to speak of.
Pure. That's the best word for it.

M: Imperceptibly brilliant. A light sparkle of carbonation with a body so perfectly matched to the tongue that you can barely notice it.

O: My burps taste better than your favorite food. This one's worthy of the hype.

10-11-2012 02:50:10 | More by RichardMNixon
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-10-2012 23:01:27 | More by fmc79
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-10-2012 21:24:52 | More by TheMike426
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-10-2012 16:48:14 | More by calvin233
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-10-2012 05:48:18 | More by seanmoto
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

10-10-2012 03:52:11 | More by JacobGumina
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

10-10-2012 02:59:03 | More by medic25
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Pliny is by far one of my top favorite Beers! The color is perfect, pours excellent with a beautiful white creamy head! The nose is just amazing with it's citrusy, piney, earthy amormas with hints of herbs. The taste is nothing short of a hop party in your mouth! Starting of with sweet honey mixed with citrusy hoppy undertones moving into a multitude of barley and malts mixing with the taste buds in my mouth bringing me to the pinnacle of Imperial IPA ecstasy! 'nuff said! It's a real Hop Heads dream! Kudos Russian River! Cheers!

10-09-2012 23:27:47 | More by coolparrot
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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