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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
world-class

9,892 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,892
Reviews: 3,126
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,547
Gots: 1,507 | 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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Leviathan_USBM

Virginia

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-09-2012 16:49:19 | More by Leviathan_USBM
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IPx

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-09-2012 03:23:40 | More by IPx
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jhb138

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-09-2012 00:52:20 | More by jhb138
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7 March 2012

A: amberish-orange color, nice frothy head, unfortunately lots of tiny particles in suspension, I had to look at the bottling date twice to see if this wasn't old (as in 6+ months), very unusual with particles, would have received 5 except for particles
S: full nose, strong piney hops and grapefruit
T: very good DIPA, well-balanced with strong hops and good malt backbone
M: creamy, smacks of hops, very easy drinking for ABV
O: all-in-all a very good DIPA, only unusual aspect is all the particles in suspension, weird for such a fresh beer

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:09:31 | More by wisrarebeer
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biercycle

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-08-2012 22:52:19 | More by biercycle
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-08-2012 13:46:35 | More by Hanzo
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tfidler

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-07-2012 23:26:41 | More by tfidler
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lwburns15

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-07-2012 22:28:12 | More by lwburns15
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keepitsimple1990


4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle about 20 minutes ago, in Orange County. Bottle date 03-20-12. Fresh. First review for this, but i've had it before many times. Message me if you need help getting some, because we have it every week at several places down here.

Anyway.

Appearance: Darker, clear, almost syrupy looking IPA. So darker is implying a almost golden like green yellow. When tilted and looked at along the edges, i've noticed a green tinge to it.

Smell: If you want that specific Pliny smell thats like few others, then your going to love the smell. I think it's almost indescribable. But resin, hop buds, and a ton of skunk. I've heard it described as the beer that "stoners" would like because of it's intense skunkyness and resin like qualities, it's just hoppy goodness.

Taste: I do not know what the name is of the main hop that I can taste in Pliny. But I think it's also used prominently in Avery's IPA's and a limited few others. Maybe simcoe I've been told. Anyway, It's amazingly resiny and floral, and lemon, and grapefruit (very small) but citrusy. (Ugh I just finished it :( haha).

Mouthfeel: I like the somewhat heavyness of it. It's *% so the alcohol is there. But at only 500 ml a bottle there's no fear of taking big sips. But they are sips. Chuging some sips, and I've done it, will ruin the nice slick smooth mouthfeel and you wont get the taste. I don't care if your not into IPA's, the mouthfeel will at worst make it seem like your drinking weak alchohol, it's that smooth. The brewing and carbonation are in perfect ratio every time I've tried it.

Get your hands on some. I'll help you out. It should be shared.

P.S. One of the best, no the best. And thats still saying so much.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 22:06:01 | More by keepitsimple1990
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muledogus

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -14%

04-07-2012 16:33:20 | More by muledogus
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rumorsofsurf

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

04-06-2012 19:05:47 | More by rumorsofsurf
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juanbon

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-06-2012 18:40:37 | More by juanbon
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jds8411

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-06-2012 02:39:11 | More by jds8411
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AKolmogorov

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-05-2012 16:47:25 | More by AKolmogorov
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calmond72

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-05-2012 05:04:54 | More by calmond72
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tln13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -14%

04-05-2012 01:55:28 | More by tln13
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-04-2012 22:52:58 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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Bkin

New York

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-04-2012 21:23:20 | More by Bkin
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DSlim71

New Jersey

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

Big thanks to Matt (Crawbee87) for sending me a few RR goodies. This happens to be my last bottle of Pliny. Bottle dated 3/5/12.

A - A slightly hazy, light golden hue that generates an off white, 1 1/2 inch head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Hop dominated aroma with pine leading the way, followed by grapefruit and fresh peach. You could smell this immediately on the pour.

T - A blast of pine and citrus that really leaves a solid bitterness on the tongue. I love the balance between the grapefruit and piney flavors RR is able to achieve in this brew. The sweetness from the malt does a great job of holding everything together, but you know this beer isn't about the malt. Finishes bone dry with a little sweetness left behind.

M - Medium body and carbonation, sticky and resinous from the hops.

I could drink this all day if I didn't have to get it from the other side of the country. Also, the 8% abv is extremely well hidden, and falls right in the range where I like my DIPAs. This brew deserves to be towards the top of most lists.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 20:34:57 | More by DSlim71
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DayMD

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-04-2012 07:24:56 | More by DayMD
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RespetoCerveza101

Florida

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-04-2012 05:23:24 | More by RespetoCerveza101
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RWNay

Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-03-2012 23:16:25 | More by RWNay
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KingDiamond

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

04-03-2012 22:55:38 | More by KingDiamond
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eagles22

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-03-2012 22:36:32 | More by eagles22
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dac0152

Texas

5/5  rDev +7.5%

04-03-2012 19:22:44 | More by dac0152
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,892 ratings.