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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,821 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,821
Reviews: 3,194
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 4,996
Gots: 1,880 | FT: 63
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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4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First of four growlers filled at the Russian River brew pub yesterday to a pint glass

Pours a clear dark gold with a finger and a half of foam with great retention. moderate carbonation, great lacing. A great looking beer

Aroma of strong hops, strong grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits, and citrus. Alcohol is well concealed, good example of how a double ipa should smell

Taste follows the smell quite well. Strong hops, pine, grapefruit, lemon, which a finish of malt and alcohol. Very bitter up front, ending with a sweetness from the malt. Everything blends well and nicely represented.

Feel is also consistent, with the all the flavors and feelings rolling from the tip of the tongue back to the very end. Carbonation leaves a nice biting tingle as you hold it in your mouth. Nice and dry finish, leaving your mouth sticky and wanting more.

So is it worth all the hype? It'd depend on the style you frequent most, with this being the godfather of the double ipas. Though I find my nine hour pilgrimage every couple months to be worth it, friends and family who aren't too into beer say it's simply "alright," which honestly is probably the best you can hear from someone who hasn't developed a palate for dipas or craft beer in general. All in all there's a reason it's the #5 top all time beer, if you drink a lot of ipas this is probably the biggest 'must try' on your bucket list.

lordofstarside, Oct 21, 2012
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Chuglife for this want!!

Pliny poured a beautiful golden hue with about a 1/2 finger head. Classic west coast hop bomb smell. Juicy citrus smell that makes your mouth water. The taste and mouthfeel are awesome. The balance between the malt and hops is spot on. Overall Pliny is an amazing beer, and it's easy to see why it's in the top 5.

Thedaver4220, Oct 17, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had heard about this stuff for a long time. Then there was a charity event here in Charlotte where you would be poured a pint if you made a donation to a local soup kitchen, since it is not distributed here. Fabulous.

Then, a buddy of mine gave me a bottle and I finally enjoyed it with a buddy.

Nice citrussy, piny smell. The taste was everything that I had hoped for. It hit me right on the back of the tongue and I didn't look back. I really wanted another, but I was nice and shared my pint bottle...dummy me!

I have more on the way, and I can't wait to get it in my grubby little hands.

Great job RR

dvmin98, Oct 16, 2012
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,821 ratings.