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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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9,792 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,792
Reviews: 3,125
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,494
Gots: 1,453 | FT: 53
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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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

05-02-2012 02:30:58 | More by lemongelo
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New York

5/5  rDev +7.5%

05-01-2012 17:57:42 | More by Hirshi
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +7.5%

05-01-2012 16:15:23 | More by totoropanda
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-01-2012 15:51:35 | More by KingStephenR
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4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very crystal clear golden orange with a nice creamy white looking head. it disappears pretty quickly, but some lacing sticks around nicely on the sides. Exactly what a west coast style IPA looks like. But I like them a little more hazy.

Wow. It smells awesome. It smells like a beautiful juicy pine cone, if that makes any sense. Perhaps more pine than any citrus but a perfect blend of the two.

Lots of bitterness right up front, but goes down very smooth. It's nice and juicy This reminds me of my first Sculpin. This is probably slightly more bitter than I like. Still love the bitterness, but not as sweet as I like.

I actually just detected a little bit of alcohol.

This is probably on the same level as Sucks and Sculpin. I just went through a case of Sucks and this actually tastes almost the same ha.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 03:35:22 | More by raynmoon
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3.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A finger of white, bubbly head. Lots of bubbles. Clear, pale yellowish copper.

S: Lots of hops, some grapefruit and pine. Not much else. Maybe some grains. Nice and crisp.

T: It's alright. Hoppy, a little bitter and drying. Some grains.

M: Pretty crisp. Clean, slight carbonation. Not bad, but not too exciting.

O: Underwhelming. It's pretty tasty, but doesn't nearly deserve the hype.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 02:28:30 | More by Meerkey
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Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +7.5%

05-01-2012 01:26:06 | More by Horbar
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2/5  rDev -57%

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04-30-2012 19:23:53 | More by
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-30-2012 19:07:14 | More by ceight
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-30-2012 18:24:12 | More by Jaldama
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-30-2012 16:18:53 | More by Canesfan22
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-30-2012 03:21:41 | More by ranrad
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-30-2012 00:53:30 | More by coz
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 4/28/12. Bottled on 4/3/12.

A: Hazy golden honey with a bubbly white head. Nice spotty lacing left behind.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and honey. Hop forward for sure, but there is some malt in the background.

T: Hoppy, yet sweet with a nice malt backbone. Tropical fruits, nice crisp finish that is not bitter are tongue wrecking. Very, very clean and amazing balanced.

M: Medium body, average carbonation, nice slick feel to it.

O: Dangerously drinkable. The 8% is hidden very well. I could drink this all day, everyday and never get sick of it. Extremely well made, lived up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 20:04:18 | More by herman77
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4/5  rDev -14%

04-29-2012 19:24:14 | More by Caterwaul
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-29-2012 16:49:45 | More by wiu992000
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4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - just beautiful. Light golden color with just a perfect 1/2in of head. One of the prettiest beer colors I've ever seen.

S - Great combination of pine and floral hops. Not too overpowering. I was expecting a little more but was pleasantly surprised.

T - This is a very good IPA. Great hop balance with malt - nothing over the top. In general I was surprised. This is an excellent example of the style - probably one of the best - but I don't think this is a 100/100 beer. I could easily drink this beer for a long time but I'm not sure it's quite lived up to the hype.

M - Great spiciness combined with he nice malt profile. I wonder if there's a little rye in here or if it's just the hops.

O - Again, a great beer. Probably a solid A (A+ for style) but it doesn't belong as #1 on the top 100.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 16:16:41 | More by spunk509
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-29-2012 15:38:57 | More by Sicem99
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had Pliny on tap, from a bottle and a growler which is the same as tap I guess. Anyhow, on tap is the perfect blend of freshness, coolness and taste. It encompassed everything you want in a beer; taste, high ABV and did I mention taste? Perfection in a glass. The color is a beautiful orange with a bouquet of hops. The taste is a perfect balance of well, just about everything. "Just get it".

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 05:42:08 | More by Ifields
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4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine brought me back a bottle on his brewery tour out in Cali. Needless to say I was very excited to try this little gem. I had had it once before on draught out at the Lagunitas Skunk Train Event off of a cold plate at a revelers camp site and remember it being phenomenal!

A - Poured into a Duvel glass it poured a thick but bubbly (was probably my fault in the pour) head that retained very well. Had a golden orange haze in color.

S - Smells of citrus and pine.

T - Nice hop presence, piney, grassy, orange with a mereinge creaminess. Abv potency is not very prevalent.

M - Mouthfeel is rather creamy, I actually expected more body.

O -Although this beer is really very delicious, I think the hype has spoiled my impression. I remember it much better than this, although my first taste was on draught at the Lagunitas Skunk Train tail gate which you know may have leant some environment pluses to the impression. Hope I don't sound like a downer. I really enjoyed it!

Thank Pete!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:03:57 | More by Coleybeerman
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-29-2012 01:09:06 | More by schoun
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had Pliny The Elder on-tap at the Neighborhood in San Diego.
Crystal clear golden-orange color with a nice one finger head that dissipated fairly slowly.
Aroma and taste live up to all the hype. Lots of tropical fruit in the nose; grapefruit, citrus and pine with some mango.
Perfect balance of hop twang and malts. Words don't do enough justice to this fantastic brew. Tastes almost like freshly squeezed hop juice, with just the right amount of bitterness balanced with sweetness. Lots of lacing along the insides of the pint glass.
Very easy to drink considering it is 8% alcohol by volume.
One of the best DIPA's that I have had....period.
Glad I was finally able to try it and experience the hype.
Definitely worth a try and highly, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 00:48:30 | More by CaptDavyJones
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-28-2012 22:30:56 | More by Number3red
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

04-28-2012 21:21:02 | More by justiceavocado
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-28-2012 20:20:46 | More by Jase2280
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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