Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,456 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,456
Reviews: 3,257
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 5,345
Gots: 2,148 | 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 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Summary - After waiting 45 minutes at the Russian River Brew Pub in Santa Rosa for a table and a beer, I started with the flagship brew. I am not an IPA fan, but found this one so well-balanced, that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

A - No head to speak of. Golden amber hue.

S - Piney and hoppy.

T - Bitter in the front, but smooth in the back. Doesn't taste as piney as it smells.

M - Smooth and very drinkable, despite its status as a Double IPA.

O - Subtle for an IPA. I would wait another 45 minutes to drink one, but not 4 hours for a Pliny the Younger!

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy golden, with mild lacing and very thin head.

S: Earthy with a bit of citrus hop, mild to low malt

T: I am reviewing 2 days after I consumed Elder. I do not remember the taste profile

M: Almost creamy. The beer comes on mild and flavors sits wonderfully on the pallet and gradually fades.

O: I feel the strongest part of this beer is its mouth feel. Elder is very well crafted. You cannot argue Russian River really put effort into designing and balancing Elder. There was nothing that really stood out and I was not overly impressed with the flavor which is why I forgot it so fast. There are other Doubles/imperials that are on the market that are READILY AVAILABLE that I would rather consume. I was not a fan of having to go out of my way to find and try the beer after 3 years searching. Find it (good luck) and try it. But I would not go out of the way to drink again.

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

One of the finest beers put out by Russian River. Had it on tap at the brewery. Very hoppy aroma hits you first, drinks incredibly smooth for such a big beer. It is hard to find but well worth the hunt. If you happen to locate a bottle, or better yet find it on tap, do not pass up the opportunity to try it.

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,456 ratings.