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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,641 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,641
Reviews: 3,120
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,417
Gots: 1,392 | 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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yokken

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

03-17-2012 07:19:11 | More by yokken
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berr


5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-17-2012 02:12:48 | More by berr
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kslsc400

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-17-2012 01:28:54 | More by kslsc400
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-16-2012 21:59:51 | More by barbellsNbeers
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Arcane

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

03-16-2012 16:34:37 | More by Arcane
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ASTASOLLILJA

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-16-2012 15:08:50 | More by ASTASOLLILJA
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Goobastic

New York

4/5  rDev -14%

03-16-2012 00:01:23 | More by Goobastic
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RandyKemka

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-16-2012 00:00:31 | More by RandyKemka
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GnLar


5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-15-2012 22:14:53 | More by GnLar
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franklebert


4/5  rDev -14%

03-15-2012 18:16:07 | More by franklebert
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jakjak711

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

03-15-2012 05:11:36 | More by jakjak711
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rickards9

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-15-2012 02:58:22 | More by rickards9
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fuzzbalz

Georgia

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-15-2012 00:21:26 | More by fuzzbalz
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jtingue

New York

4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 2/13/12. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Crystal clear golden yellow in color, almost champagne like. Pours with 4 fingers of white dense head, which becomes less dense as it dissipates.

Smell. Wow, I can smell this 2 feet away from the glass. Lots of pine, and tropical fruit. So simple, yet so powerful.

Taste. Starts out with a piney bitterness. Floral hops accompany a nice sweetness, that leads into a dry fruitiness, with mango and citrus. Huge resinous bitterness is present throughout, but not so bitter as to become cloying. The finish is piney, again, with a lingering bitterness. Again, very champagne like.

Mouthfeel. Moderate syrupy body. Light carbonation, the only thing that differs from champagne.

This really lives up to its hype. This is my second time having it, and it remains the finest crafted DIPA I've had to date. This is one of the only beers that is extremely bitter, but not in a cloying way, which is usually a turn off for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 22:38:37 | More by jtingue
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leedog0623

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-14-2012 19:53:23 | More by leedog0623
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The heavens opened and filled my pint glass on glorious tap.

A - Clear honey amber with 2 finger white head with good head retention and excellent lacing.

S - A hops orchestra plays notes of pine predominately with grapefruit, nectarine, lemon, with a bit of malty bread and just a hint of booze.

T - This journey treks back and forth through the palate starting with a bold grassy pine and a tiny sweet at the front and sides of the palate then off to a plethora of hops from floral, herbal, and citrus with mainly pine and grapefruit notes. More apple fruit to follow with a final game winning shot of smooth dry bitter finish with a touch of fiery alcohol.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, smooth most the way with a chewy, dry finish.

O - One of the finest bottled IPAs ever and among my favorite brews. Put this one on my death-row last meal if we can't get the Younger.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 17:12:56 | More by williamjbauer
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PogueBear

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -14%

03-14-2012 14:08:40 | More by PogueBear
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FoamRanger


3.4/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Living in Texas we have no chance of getting PLINY (Elder). So, I have waited for months to get my hands on one and after a trade with a friend in Colorado I finally got one. The anticipation from all the hype made it feel like a present and me a little kid on Christmas day. I just wanted to stare at the mythical green and red label. Finally I opened it, poured it and took my first smell and drink. WTF? Who thinks this is the best "bottled" IPA there is? I was severely underwhlemed. Instead of fireworks and heavenly harps playing in my head I rattled off 5 local IPA's that blow this one out of the water. BUMMER MAN!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 12:36:09 | More by FoamRanger
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DanInTheCan

Colorado

4.98/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

...at the Cheeky Monk on tap :)

appearance - amber with a very nice fluffy head and lacing.

smell - very floral and piney with a sweet, hoppy smell. I honestly couldn't take my nose out of the glass. I held on to the glass for a few moments after it was gone just to take in the smell.

taste - very hoppy, yet smooth and not overly bitter. Very well balanced taste that makes this beer very easy to drink.

mouthfeel - very satisfying and full, again not overly bitter or sweet, very well balanced

overall - I thought I was dreaming when I saw this on tap, I knew immediately I must try it or the chance may not come again for a very long time. It was everything I expected it to be, amazing. I had one, and savored a second for as long as I could hold back.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 05:18:51 | More by DanInTheCan
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +7.5%

03-14-2012 04:22:50 | More by oldp0rt
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tdjb

Colorado

4/5  rDev -14%

03-14-2012 00:48:16 | More by tdjb
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SanDiegoCraftFan

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

03-13-2012 17:11:00 | More by SanDiegoCraftFan
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TheLastEngineer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

03-13-2012 13:33:03 | More by TheLastEngineer
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Steasy66

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-13-2012 02:55:33 | More by Steasy66
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

03-13-2012 02:17:25 | More by SocalKicks
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,641 ratings.