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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,627 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,627
Reviews: 3,119
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,413
Gots: 1,388 | FT: 52
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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amnesia85

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-01-2012 23:45:26 | More by amnesia85
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SgunnarW

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-01-2012 21:21:02 | More by SgunnarW
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beerhorn12

Oregon

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-01-2012 18:35:58 | More by beerhorn12
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DrFayhee


4.28/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-yellow color, clear with a medium-thick head.
S: Rich sweet hops. The first fruity hit gives way to aromas of rose-hip, tea leaves, flowers, with some faint pine scents.
T: Matches the smell pretty well. A real hop-bomb that packs quite a bit of tartness.
M: Very clean, medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Quite dry.

Not sure I understand the wild obsession with this beer. I guess it's like the ideal of IPA for some people.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:09:56 | More by DrFayhee
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kdilks

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-01-2012 02:53:20 | More by kdilks
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Murrhey

Montana

4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Hollingshead's in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width white fluffy head. Middling retention. Sticky, fluffy lacing. Amber color with large bubbles in carbonation.

S- Spicy hops, very hoppy smell. Tasty and spicy smelling with lighter citrusy fruits.

T- Hoppy, but wonderfully so. Has the attacking flavor of a DIPA and slight bitterness but finishes floraly hoppy and warm.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth texture, clean linger. Wonderful.

O- I see what the hype is about. A delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 00:21:07 | More by Murrhey
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psychotia

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

03-31-2012 21:48:19 | More by psychotia
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wesleypipes237

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -19.4%

03-31-2012 19:57:47 | More by wesleypipes237
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Evan

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-31-2012 14:58:28 | More by Evan
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bh123

California

3.5/5  rDev -24.7%

03-31-2012 08:47:59 | More by bh123
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Rau71

California

4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a good 2 finger white head. Smells like Hop Heaven. Resiny Hop flavor throughout the beer and smooth as anything I have ever tasted, no distinguishable aftertaste. This is one beer that lived up to the hype of a top billing while I have been disappointed with others. This is my 2nd favorite DIPA behind Kern Citra, but ahead of Heady Topper. Top Notch beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 05:35:05 | More by Rau71
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Pugsly

New York

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-31-2012 03:32:08 | More by Pugsly
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demgoth

New York

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-31-2012 02:05:50 | More by demgoth
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jewcandy81

Maryland

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-30-2012 22:24:42 | More by jewcandy81
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Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Deeblo for carting the bottle some 6,000 miles to me ! Bottled 3 weeks prior to me drinking.

Poured into a tulip glass to a golden amber colour with a decent finger of white head which retained well, it looks a treat almost too good to drink !

Hoppy aroma of grapefruit, pine and to a lesser extent orange. The smell was good but didn't bowl me over have smelt better DIPA's but as for the taste ...

Everything one could wish for in a DIPA!

Hops, pine, citrus fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, orange a little malt and breadiness in the backbone, excellent bitter/dry finish - spot on !

Mouthfeel pitched absoultely to perfection in terms of the correct level of carbonation, body, taste.

Overall a fantastic well balanced DIPA that belies the 8% alochol level in drinkability. This beer deserves the hype!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 21:29:12 | More by Ruds
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Pat316

Michigan

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-30-2012 20:36:57 | More by Pat316
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muskiesman

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-30-2012 20:34:29 | More by muskiesman
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Deshon2688

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-30-2012 17:20:52 | More by Deshon2688
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Jager311

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-30-2012 04:18:40 | More by Jager311
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ribs

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-30-2012 03:17:40 | More by ribs
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d3c

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

03-30-2012 02:16:45 | More by d3c
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-30-2012 02:14:23 | More by swetsastonic
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Yummmmiller

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

03-30-2012 01:27:21 | More by Yummmmiller
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derftron

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh batch from a bottle, 2 weeks after birth!

Appearance: Gold, and with how I pour, about 2 inches of fluffy white head.

Smell: Oh, the smell. Probably my favorite part about both Pliny the Elder and Younger. Smells of citrus, pine, hops, and just freshness

Taste: Swirl the beer around in a cold tulip, take a deep smell, and then a substantial sip...glorious. This beer is so much better to me fresh out of the bottle than it is every time I have it on tap. Citrus, floral notes, balanced hops and malt, and amazing smell make this beer so unique. I have had it many many many times, and a fresh batch out of a bottle is by far the way to drink theis DIPA.

Mouthfeel: coats the toungue, but not syrupy.

Overall: One of my favorites and I am very happy that they distribute to my area quite frequently. I have had many double IPAs and this one is still the king to me (although I am DYING to try Citra IPA because it sounds like Pliny 2.0). Fresh, citrusy, liquid gold. And for 8%, this is a VERY drinkable beer. I will buy a bottle of this every time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:01:59 | More by derftron
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raulazzer

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

03-29-2012 21:15:56 | More by raulazzer
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,627 ratings.