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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,235
Reviews: 3,234
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 5,195
Gots: 2,035 | FT: 65
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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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

wde83, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Mojo
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After fearing that I'd never have this, my brother-in-law scored a bottle and split it with me. It was poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint. With a beautiful crystal clear rich golden appearance, there was a frothy one finger head, a little bit of lacing, and a constant stream of bubbles rising to the top. The nose was fruit, grass, resin, bread, malt, and hops. Taste was awesome. It had a wonderful sweet malt profile which seamlessly gave way to a massive hop bomb on the finish. The mouthfeel was very full and satisfying, with just the right amount of carbonation. I have never gave all fives to a beer before, but this one earned it.

Mojo, Nov 23, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 10/04/12 poured into a tulip

A- pours a very clear zero haze pale golden color. Pure white head with big bubbles. Fades quickly to just rest a top of the beer.

S- The aroma came spewing out of the bottle before I could even get it in the glass. Grapefruit, orange citrus, little hints of malts and floral spice.

T- grapefruit, tangerine orange, floral zest, mild crisp malt

M- light body, bold carbonation. Very light quick finish but the hops leave a nice coating on the back of your throat.

O- Every drink leaves you wanting more. Crisp clean profiles and great drink ability. The worst part of the beer is when it's gone.

Keyportnick, Nov 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

drewkennedy, Nov 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

ooftu, Nov 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

tinypyramids, Nov 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

bevjen, Nov 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

NickCaff, Nov 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

IanTheIrish, Nov 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

baker2gs, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -19.4%

AxesandAnchors, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

vihila, Nov 21, 2012
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, Nov 20, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into my RR tulip.

Appearance: Nice fluffy head which is retained throughout drinking. Dark gold, in color--kind of like honey. Looks great.

Smell: Maybe my favorite part. This thing is so aromatic. Pine, Pineapple, mango, toffee, slight peppery booze.

Taste: Smooth yet very pronounced citrus. Grassy and resinous grapefruit. Bread and sweet malt balance it out. Oily and resiny finish. Man this thing is great.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Despire the insane hops and relatively high alcohol, this one is so drinkable. This review doesn't really do the beer justice and I can see why it is held in high regard. Drink it fresh!

MagicJeff, Nov 20, 2012
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4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz bottel poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter

A: This baby pours a beautiful crisp clear pale orange with an incredibly creamy looking white head. Great looking beer.

S: This thing is juicy and very dank. Nice malt sweetness but great hop aroma dominate the nose like a good DIPA/TIPA should.

T: Wow, great smooth hop bitterness with an incredible balance. Every time I try this beer I understand the hype. Great dryness but has a good malt backbone to support the bitterness. What an incredibly balanced and great tasting brew.

M: Smooth bitterness lingers with a smooth malt character and finishes dry with a tad bit of alcohol warmth. However, this is an incredibly easy drinking brew and very refreshing.

O: An amazing beer with a great reputation that is hard to understand unless you have a bottle or two in front starring you down. This is a good day.

MarioM, Nov 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

nevery, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at the brewpub a bit over a month ago.

Pours a deep clear gold with red glints. Huge beads of carbonation sustain a big, rocky head that lasts forever, coating the glass in foam. Peach, green melon, grapefruit and . Resiny fruity hop notes explode on the first sip - thick, fresh lemon rind, peach, tangerine, honey dew, grapefruit and a small bit of pine. Bitterness build pretty quickly on the palate. Some honey coated biscuits make up the light malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice, velvety carbonation and some hop mouthcoating going on. A huge aromatic hop flavor and an impossibly long lasting bitterness makes up the awesome finish. Alcohol is completely hidden throughout the hop maelstrom, making this beer dangerously drinkable.

I don't give 5s willy nilly, in fact this is my first. This stuff is sublime. Its 100% worthy of the hype. Pure hop wizardry. Perfect in every way in my estimation. I like that its very light colored, that's appealing to me for IPAs. If you like hops you have to sample this. This might well be the best beer I have ever tried.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Nesman, Nov 20, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light and bright orange straw color. Smells hoppy but isn’t too strong aromatically. Grapefruit, piney and a little earthy/floral as well. Not overly bitter, just the right amount. Lightly carbonated. Medium body. Flavor resonates nicely even after it’s been swallowed.

Overall: This is a refreshing and crisp enjoyable beer. The sweet grapefruit notes pair well with the hoppy punch and the mouthfeel is a great pair with the flavors. Makes you want to take big gulps, which is a great sign. There is no booziness for an 8.0% and it tastes great. I’d go back to this one again and again.

Mic-Lee, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

eggmaggi, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

hope22, Nov 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

CousinSuzy, Nov 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Monnie, Nov 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

joelBfrasier, Nov 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured from a 17.25 oz bottle (bottled on 2/19/13) into a tulip glass, beautiful orange amber colored with a huge white head that lingers leaving great lacing, clear

S: if I could smell this all the time I would always be happy, an explosion of citrus hops, orange, pineapple, mango, tangerine, aged cheddar, pine

T: beer has now been ruined for me, bitter floral hops, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, terrific sweet malt for a perfect, finish is pine needle resin

M: nice oily feel, great coating, alcohol well hidden

O: This beer is damn near perfection. The hype is real.

M_C_Hampton, Nov 18, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,235 ratings.