Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,459
Reviews: 3,258
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 5,352
Gots: 2,149 | FT: 67
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003)
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Poured from brown bottle with fresh date of 12/27/12 into tulip glass.
Had a friend from SD bring up two bottles of this for me and I sure am happy he did.

A...pours clear, honey yellow with a white fluffy head. Lots of vey sticky lacing down glass.

S...wish I could rate the smell higher than a 5. Lots of floral smell at first, like a bouquet of fresh flowers. Then there is wonderful pine resin scent in here. I just want to push my nose right into this brew it smells incredible.! I didn't think this could live up to the hype but it does. Hop head paradise. Every bit of that great nose is in the taste and then some. Lots of hops right up front that have a punch in the mouth bitterness without the over done malts like a lot of DIPAs. It gets a peppery tingle in your mouth before letting into an earhty pine flavor and finishes quick and crisp.

M...perfectly done. Carbo is just right and gives it a light mouthfeel even with such a full taste.

O...this is right on the money. It is hard to be better than this. I thaught I would be let down after finally tracking down this exceptionally rated brew but, I was not. Every bit as great as I would have hoped. I love this beer and can't wait for my next chance to drink it.

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Photo of SStein
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversided wine glass.
It pours a deep golden orange and has a finger height head. The head quickly becomes lace and then is gone.
As you inhale there is a smells of pine, pineapple, and assorted citrus. The smell alone is wonderful. It definitely helps build as you wait to finally take a sip of this beer.
There is a strong hop taste. It is not overpowering but there in your face none- the- less. In the background you get some of the taste from the citrus you just finished smelling.
There is medium carbonation and it feels crisp and light on your tongue. It goes down quite smoothly.
This is a fantastic beer, and worth trying at least once.

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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

~ 6 week old bottle I snagged from Rambo's in Estes Park, CO. Have also had fresh on tap and didn't notice a significant difference in flavor profile.

A: Clear liquid gold

S: Tons of grapefruit, some pine and other assorted citrus, really fantastic

T: Huge grapefruit hops right off the bat with a beautifully balanced malt finish. This flavor balance is the reason why I love DIPAs and Pliny absolutely nails it.

M: Pretty smooth and consistent with nice carbonation

O: My number 1 beer easily, nothing but good things to say. Worth all the hype and then some. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy other DIPAs (esp Abrasive), but Pliny is Pliny. Except no substitutions.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,459 ratings.