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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,887 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,887
Reviews: 3,126
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,548
Gots: 1,506 | FT: 53
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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Steimie

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-19-2012 20:09:10 | More by Steimie
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-19-2012 19:04:12 | More by DelicateDelirium
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mrsdrabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -14%

04-19-2012 05:05:53 | More by mrsdrabmuh
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Radegast

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-19-2012 03:18:29 | More by Radegast
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jpbborba


4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-19-2012 01:41:26 | More by jpbborba
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

Very excited to have had my sister ship me three of these from Cali to Florida. Date on these is 4/3/12, today is 4/18/12.

A: single finger head with nice circumferential lacing on a pale golden with a subtle crimson hued body.

S: floral and to stay in the same vine of imagery, a bouguet of citrus, earthy, floral and mild pine hops.

T: Basically perfect balance in the hop flavor as well as transisiton between flavors. Everything is here and nothing clashes; pine, floral, citrus, earthy etc. Very nice.

M: very smooth. not overly sharp or crisp. medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one certainly lives up to the hype. This is a beer I could drink everyday. Excellent. Glad I have 2 more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:08:05 | More by kylehay2004
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Devan


5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-19-2012 00:05:57 | More by Devan
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Boont

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-18-2012 22:31:12 | More by Boont
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waffles

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-18-2012 21:59:31 | More by waffles
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-18-2012 13:50:55 | More by yergermeister
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -14%

04-18-2012 02:07:58 | More by standardcherry
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Angieoh

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-18-2012 01:33:06 | More by Angieoh
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gregmoscetti

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-17-2012 22:45:42 | More by gregmoscetti
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cripes

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-17-2012 17:49:44 | More by cripes
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jojoluvsbeer


4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with a small white head and good lacing. Aroma is all about citrus and pine hops and a bit of caramel in the back. Taste is caramel malts with loads of hop flavors mostly citrus, grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 16:51:55 | More by jojoluvsbeer
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HopsintheSack

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-17-2012 02:37:08 | More by HopsintheSack
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Sweasty

Texas

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

Finally got my hands on one of my hoppy white whales. Pliny The Elder looks the part of a proper IPA. A crystal clear copper body is topped off by a couple of fingers worth of thick bone white head. Head eventually settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left coating the glass in its wake.

Pliny hits the nose with an amalgamation of hop bomb perfection. Citrusy and juicy grapefruit strike first. Juicy oranges meld with the grapefruit. A strong tropical quality, mangoes and passion fruit, flow with the citrus notes. A light herbal, mint perhaps, note hits underneath the fruit. Just the barest hint of bready and caramel malt manages to break through the hops.

The taste is quite impressive. Hops barrage the palate. They wash over with a drying quality that urges one to take another sip. Bitter juicy grapefruit takes hold first. Juicy oranges join forces with the grapefruit for an assault of citrusy goodness. Tropical fruits show up mid palate. Mango notes are a bit stronger on the palate. Bitter grapefruit again take hold in the dry bitter finish.

Pliny The Elder is a nice medium bodied brew. The carbonation is adequate.

Pliny The Elder is one of those beers that lives up to its hype. The hops are well blended. That seemingly rare tropical hop quality is on full display. This beer will live on in my memory for quite a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 01:13:30 | More by Sweasty
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BradleySig

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

04-16-2012 22:08:41 | More by BradleySig
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leviecole


5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-16-2012 21:36:46 | More by leviecole
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cougarbait

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

04-16-2012 18:56:14 | More by cougarbait
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Bulshrk

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

04-16-2012 18:43:14 | More by Bulshrk
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markeyri

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-16-2012 16:28:10 | More by markeyri
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kbamrick

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-16-2012 13:34:04 | More by kbamrick
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EfilsGod


3/5  rDev -35.5%

04-16-2012 08:28:58 | More by EfilsGod
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy, golden color with a two to three finger head that lingers with a nice laciness.

S: Citrusy, piney, fruity hops, and a small amount of maltiness on second sniff.

T: Follows aroma nicely. The hop profile seems entirely in balance, not sweet but fruity, with merely a slight lingering bitterness.

M: Smooth texture, carbonation seems just right.

O: Really really good, probably great. The downfall of this beer is that this is the only bottle I have. I will miss it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 05:54:41 | More by macrosmatic
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,887 ratings.