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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,551
Reviews: 3,173
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,867
Gots: 1,758 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cfrobrew, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of MrBoh
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

MrBoh, Oct 11, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

RichardMNixon, Oct 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

fmc79, Oct 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

TheMike426, Oct 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

calvin233, Oct 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

seanmoto, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

JacobGumina, Oct 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

medic25, Oct 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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!

coolparrot, Oct 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

BeerBeast, Oct 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

natbarr, Oct 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Stinger80OH, Oct 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

TONYJS077, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Graviz, Oct 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

chricullen77, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

hammer44, Oct 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Karstens9, Oct 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mikesut4, Oct 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App:Golden, thin white head.
Smell:Citrus, orange almost marmalade with nothing cloying on the nose, quickly over come with resinous tones, smell sweet but dry.
Taste.Simple at first sip. Complete. Then complex layers arise. Citrus, pine, orange. Could go on and on.
Mouthfeel. Killer finish this beer is dry yet thirst quenching. A full spectrum of hop flavors are expierenced after each sip. definitely a beer designed around a hop.
Overall. 7/11/12 bottle date on 8/6/12. I have had this beer several times, some fresh, some not so. Listen to RR. Drink fresh. What a beer!!

Serving type: bottle

dbexpert, Oct 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Nage37, Oct 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -30.1%

bgramels, Oct 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

1WIBeerGirl, Oct 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

JonJSt, Oct 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

freehafe, Oct 07, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,551 ratings.