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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,642 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,642
Reviews: 3,304
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,564
Gots: 2,294 | FT: 73
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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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 2/19/13 - thanks to Hamburgers! Appearance is crystal clear, light gold/amber body. Not hazy, no sediment. I cannot wait.

Smell is typical of a world class IPA - tropical fruit: pineapple, citrus, peaches, mango, and a malt background.

Taste follows the nose perfectly. Very tropical - tons of fresh fruit hit the palate, followed by a nice malt base. Impressively balanced.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, drinkable, perfectly carbonated.

Bittersweet, potent, tropical, balanced. Everything i'm looking for in an IPA. Gimme the freshies.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MCain04
4.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From BostonRyan, thanks, 500ml bottle from 12.20.12. Poured into a 12 oz Spiegelau snifter. Here we go...

A: Golden color, a little opaque, 2 finger pure white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Surprisingly subdued, may be due to it being a few months old. Much like Blind Pig, a combination of tropical fruits, orange, grapefruit, unripe mango, and some pine and floral notes, with a hint of malt sweetness.

T: Nice hop taste following the nose, a good amount of bitterness throughout without being overwhelming. The malt backbone is just perfect. In one word: Balance. Not a hop-head's dream beer, and not the biggest maltiest syrupy DIPA, but just really, really, well constructed. A little more hop taste for me and it'd be perfect.

M: This and Heady Topper are the only IPAs I can give a 5/5 to on mouthfeel. I don't know how they get the smooth, creamy texture so well, but it's just awesome. Full-bodied but not heavy, carbonation spot on, dry but not puckeringly so.

O: Damn near perfect. A top 3 DIPA for sure. Probably even better fresh. I would probably drink this every day if I lived in Cali. Worth seeking out just to try, but you may be saddened after finishing it if you don't have more left.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At this years Abbbp Beermageddon, actually the first official Abbbp Beermageddon of its kind, this was a lucky, lucky score for us. Along side the Westevleteren we had this proved to be in the as advertised, lived up to its legend calling.

Being in Texas, I've scoured the globe for this noble brew, its rating is well deserved, thank you RR....

From the opening smell you know it's going to be great. We were lucky enough to have a fresh one, less than a month old, so obvious advice reigns true, if you get your hands on this guy, chill it, then drink it!!! Drank in a sifter, The taste was pine cone fresh, crisp, and clean. Perfect, perfect carbonation.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,642 ratings.