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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,666 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,666
Reviews: 3,308
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,586
Gots: 2,315 | FT: 74
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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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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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.

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Review #300
Served in a tulip glass

A- pours a bubbly crystal clear bright golden color with a creamy two-finger head that seems to retain permanently, patches of lace stick as the head dissapates.

S- the first thing I notice are the freshness of the hops coming from the aroma, notes of fresh cut grass, orange zest, a bit of pine and some tropical fruit. Just a trace of alcohol and sweet malt.

T- the complexity of flavors are so impressive. It starts with citrus and pine hops with some fresh grassy notes. Mid palate provides sweet tropical fruits of pineapple and guava, the finish is dry and extremely clean with fresh mint sprig and light clean alcohol with a citrusy linger

M- medium body with a spritzy-yet-creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a velvety finish

O- the flavors of this beer lived up to the hype for me. This is the cleanest and freshest hop profile that I've experienced from a beer. The flavors are so profound yet brilliantly balanced, it drinks as easy as a standard IPA. Glad to finally have a chance to try this legend.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,666 ratings.