1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,600 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 9,600
Reviews: 3,120
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,401
Gots: 1,376 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pliny The Elder Alström Bros
Ratings: 9,600 | Reviews: 3,120 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of oldvines
oldvines

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-22-2012 00:31:10 | More by oldvines
Photo of tmcd02
tmcd02

Texas

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-22-2012 00:31:05 | More by tmcd02
Photo of IIDRushII
IIDRushII

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-22-2012 00:11:25 | More by IIDRushII
Photo of frank12
frank12

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-21-2012 22:33:02 | More by frank12
Photo of punkhim
punkhim

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

03-21-2012 21:49:39 | More by punkhim
Photo of C2H5
C2H5

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-21-2012 16:57:45 | More by C2H5
Photo of whinton
whinton

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

03-21-2012 14:02:54 | More by whinton
Photo of Rogee64
Rogee64

Michigan

4/5  rDev -14%

03-21-2012 01:54:58 | More by Rogee64
Photo of szmnnl99
szmnnl99

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-21-2012 01:45:05 | More by szmnnl99
Photo of Archemedies
Archemedies

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-21-2012 00:34:38 | More by Archemedies
Photo of jgreasy
jgreasy

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: golden with a thin head
S: hops, like a double IPA should
T: ah here is the suprise... like expected the hops level is high, but the balance is what sets it apart. piny flavors but no bitter, dry finish common to so many IPA's, no hint in the flavor to the high alchohol content.
M: smooth, no dry after-feel, high ABV present in feel.
O: There is a reason this beer is rated so high.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 20:46:40 | More by jgreasy
Photo of amart79
amart79

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-20-2012 05:09:39 | More by amart79
Photo of millered9
millered9


4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-20-2012 04:57:14 | More by millered9
Photo of GarretD
GarretD

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -35.5%

03-20-2012 03:14:03 | More by GarretD
Photo of allforbetterbeer
allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is 12 days old. Possibly the freshest bottle of commercial beer I have ever tasted, and how fitting it would be my first taste of Pliny the Elder. Yes, after years on BA and hundreds of beers, the time has finally come for me to taste this beer. This is one of the 5 most hyped beers in recent craft history. Poured into a tall, antique Czech pilsener glass that easily swallows the entire bottle.

The beer produces a thick two fingers of pillowy head that seems to last forever. The body is light gold and almost totally clear. Lighter than the average IPA.

The aroma is truly hoppy. The hoppiest I have ever smelled? Probably not, however it is very fresh smelling and very bright. Sweet, freshly cut grass, split ponderosa logs, a fistful of pineapple and grapefruit chunks, and touch of basil and mint make up the highly bitter, bright nose. Well done.

The flavor is truly good. Possibly the cleanest and brightest DIPA I have yet tasted. Truly resinous in a wonderful way. If hops had juice this bottle would say "not from concentrate", which is interesting since RR uses some hop extract in this beer. As I sip this I keep coming back to the idea of juice, and I think it is because of the surprising sweetness in the beginning of this flavor. I did not see this factor coming. It kind of tastes like what I would imagine the juice of "hop fruit" would taste like, if such a thing existed. I have never tasted an IPA that was this sweet, and the further into the glass I get the more I find myself wishing for less sugary sweetness, but it sure does make it drinkable!

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, which is exactly where I like things in a DIPA. It could have a touch higher "hop oil" feel (if there is such a thing) but I am really just being nit picky. Well done mouthfeel.

Conclusion: Today there are hundreds of IPAs and DIPAs that all taste basically the same. My biggest fear with Pliny was that it would turn out to be just another like so many of the rest, and that outside of a slightly fresher taste it wouldn't stand out. I am glad however to find that it actually is unique, with a flavor that isn't quite like anything else I have tasted. It is an amazingly unadulterated liquid form of fresh hop cones, which is pretty awesome. I can now cease scoffing at the masses for hyping this beer up beyond reach, as it truly is a magnificent DIPA. The best? Nearly, but it doesn't quite take gold in my book. I remember a time when this beer could be seen sitting in the cooler at a local store! I never paid any attention to it and by the time I realized what it was, so had the rest of my town, and now it never even makes it onto the floor, and only lasts a day or two when kept out of sight.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 02:18:39 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of station815
station815


4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-20-2012 01:09:11 | More by station815
Photo of Sarnford
Sarnford

New York

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-19-2012 22:47:49 | More by Sarnford
Photo of zxcvbqqq
zxcvbqqq

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-19-2012 22:42:32 | More by zxcvbqqq
Photo of kc44
kc44

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flawless, golden color that is as deep as it can be before it starts to move towards bronze. Could retain its head just a bit more. Smell is great, nothing but a one-stop education in American hops with their citrus, pine, and resin, but its strength is also its weakness; I feel like there could be more depth to the hop bouquet. I don't believe DIPAs need to be one dimensional on the nose, since in my opinion the best ones certainly aren't when it comes to flavor. Taste is a perfect balance of towering hop bitterness on a firm malt foundation, not too sweet, not too dry; while this is obviously a thoroughly bitter beer, the rest of the elements keep it in check and prevent it from overwhelming the palate. Goes down nice and smooth, just a little overcarbonated, but that isn't an entirely a bad thing as it kept my pace more toward where it should be. Overall, an absolutely stunning beer, a must-have, not the undisputed greatest double IPA I've ever had, but it is certainly fairly high up on the list.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 17:48:15 | More by kc44
Photo of Aexoonge
Aexoonge

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

03-19-2012 17:05:51 | More by Aexoonge
Photo of wrath98
wrath98

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-19-2012 15:01:11 | More by wrath98
Photo of AlexChillton
AlexChillton

Arizona

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-19-2012 12:37:18 | More by AlexChillton
Photo of theminutemen
theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

03-18-2012 22:37:06 | More by theminutemen
Photo of GreatBloomer
GreatBloomer

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-18-2012 18:40:54 | More by GreatBloomer
Photo of dankness3
dankness3

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

03-18-2012 14:54:14 | More by dankness3
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,600 ratings.