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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,929 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,929
Reviews: 3,203
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 5,034
Gots: 1,909 | 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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3.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had heard so many great things about this beer, that I was possibly over hyping it to myself. All said and done it was a great tasting beer, but really wasn't what I had expected. The body was very thin in contrast to what I had expected. Great aroma and flavor, just very little malty backbone to support the aroma. Happy, but surprised

bshotbox, Nov 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

grumpygerman, Nov 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A- Very light in color for an IPA (or actually, double-IPA). Crystal clear golden color, as a matter of fact, with some nice bubbles from the perfect carbonation. Not a lot of head on this one.

S- Lots of citrus and hops. Definitely has the "west coast" smell. Absolutely wonderful smelling brew.

T- Probably one of the most perfectly balanced IPAs I have tasted. Lots of citrus and grapefruit and loads of hops, but nothing is overpowering. A nice sweetness is present, along with a nice piney flavor from the hops. Everything about this is great!

M- Tingles nicely with a good amount of carbonation, which lasts through the whole beer. Nice body and a great finish.

O- This is definitely one of, if not the best "hoppy" beers I have tasted. I do not think it is over-hyped at all. In fact, I can imagine that this would be my 6-pack per week beer if it were available in VA. Instead, I will order a bottle from CA whenever I have the chance. Spectacular Double IPA from Russian River! I can tell that other breweries have tried to do something similar, but I have yet to find one that is so perfectly balanced. Going down in the books as my favorite!

brother_kenneth, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16oz bottle brought back from California into a pub glass.

A - Very clean straw colored with no noticeable haze. Nice continuous carbonation bubbles. A thin white, dense head that sticks around with nice lacing.

S - Very noticeable grapefruit aroma with hints of pine.

T - Initial flavor is strongly grapefruit with a subtle piney flavor that lingers for a little while. A little hint of malt sweetness, but the hops definitely dominate the flavor profile.

M - Very crisp and clean with a little bit of carbonation prickle. No cloying sweetness as found in some of the East Coast 2xIPAs.

D - An overall great beer. Very drinkable. For a 2xIPA it hides the higher alcohol content well with a great balance with just enough sweetness to balance the hops bitterness. Excellent (or should I say the perfect) example of a West Coast 2xIPA.

BeardFacePhD, Nov 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -30.1%

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,929 ratings.