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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,648 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,648
Reviews: 3,120
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,427
Gots: 1,394 | FT: 52
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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MaxAdvo

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-29-2012 20:45:14 | More by MaxAdvo
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fsimcox

California

4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass. Poured an amber-orange transparent color with a foamy white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smells of hops, and lemon citrus. Some hints of pine and perhaps some orange peel.

Big hop bitterness right from the start, with some lemon zest. Big notes of pinecone, and a mild citrus finish. Some carbonation as well. .

Mouth feel is smooth, a little creamy, zesty, crisp, with some carbonation. There is an all around hop presence.

An awesome IPA. Looking forward to trying it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 16:04:18 | More by fsimcox
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Shilt

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-29-2012 14:04:20 | More by Shilt
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Freeod

Virginia

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-29-2012 04:49:06 | More by Freeod
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Hawkfish

Washington

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-29-2012 03:18:10 | More by Hawkfish
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danskyad

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-29-2012 02:51:06 | More by danskyad
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Cstromberg57

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-29-2012 01:07:08 | More by Cstromberg57
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DrewShal9

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Joe! Bottle dated 12/29/11.

A: golden orange body with a cloudy swirl of hop resin and thick fluffy white finger and a half white head that leaves a beautiful lace along the sides of the glass. Head stays throughout the beer until last sip. Impressive!
S: initial smell was a HUGE hit of pine and tropical hops then more of a focus on the citrus notes. Some sweet malt escapes at the end
T: explosions of tropical and citrus that is sweet yet bitter then back to sweet. Interesting how the beer is taking my tongue on a rollercoaster like this.
M: smooth light body with a moderate amount of carbonation
O: good dipa but didn't live up to the hype for me. I was expecting more but glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 00:22:28 | More by DrewShal9
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesty of IrishColonial. Huge thanks, Eric!

A: Pours a very clear goldenrod. About two fingers of crisp white head that thin out to a quarter finger. Head retention is good. Lacing is decent, spotty but easily rendered.

S: Lots of tropical hops, but balanced by a distinct resin quality. I get pineapple, grapefruit, and orange zest. But all of this bright, sweet flavors balance against a bitterness that smells of fresh pine needles. Very distinct and very delicious smelling.

T: Bitter pine, caramel malt, and citrus zest on the finish. Pretty malt heavy. Drink smooth and sweet, but would have enjoyed more hop presence.

M: Very well balanced. Flavors are well-integrated and carbonation is spot on. None of the flavors really overwhelm, though I have had more hop forward beers.

O: Definitely a solid DIPA here. Distinctive if only for the nice blend of sweet citrus and bitter resin. Flavor profile is very smooth and balanced. But there are better IPAs and DIPAs out there. Not sure this one is worth all the hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:35:41 | More by siege06nd
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BCross

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-28-2012 22:08:59 | More by BCross
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Kidfrogger

Indiana

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 21:44:48 | More by Kidfrogger
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-light amber color with a nice white head and great lacing

S-huge aromas of citrus, pineapple with great floral notes and pine, very complex and heady

T-Great fruit and pine upfront with hop finish which lingers on the palate, complex flavors like the aroma suggests

F-medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation

O-awesome DIPA, hard to top this. Wish it were more available in the East

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 18:59:06 | More by MDDMD
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smutty33

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 16:42:23 | More by smutty33
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qwertyiop

Indiana

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 15:49:46 | More by qwertyiop
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r0gueleader

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 08:20:29 | More by r0gueleader
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iskeptopotamus

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 07:51:44 | More by iskeptopotamus
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Cinderbike

Nevada

4/5  rDev -14%

01-28-2012 07:44:16 | More by Cinderbike
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agaloco9

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 06:00:15 | More by agaloco9
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themind

New Jersey

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

I have waited some time to try this beer. I received a case as a gift, it was less then 20 days old. This beer is by far the bench mark for all other beers to be compared. Pours a rich head, has an excellent pine and citrus aroma and the taste is out of this World. This is the king of all beers! Bar none! there is no greater DIPA then this!

This is the Legend that lives up to the hype!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:00:57 | More by themind
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dcguitar

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-27-2012 21:47:20 | More by dcguitar
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

I just realized I hadn't review Pliny yet!

Poured from bottle dated 12/28/10 to Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Perfect sized glass for the whole bottle and really presents the beer and aroma well.

A - The beer pours a clear gold/orange color with some excellent gold color highlights. 2.5 finger soapy bubbly white head which lasts well and has good lacing.

S - Wow! Overpowering aroma present almost immediately. I poured the beer in the corner of the kitchen and it really filled the whole area with huge bold hoppy fruity sweet aroma. Nice citrus, pineapple, resinous piny, floral, and sweet hops tones. By far the most pungent beer I've had. Really one of the highpoints of this beer.

T/M - Very similar to the aroms the palette is assaulted with huge hoppy flavors - though not overpowering like a Ruination or anything, it's very flavorful and complex yet refined and smooth. The beer presents itself with the citrus, pineapple, resinous piny, floral, and sweet hop flavors while combining a mild malty tone. The beer starts bright and crisp and then transitions to a more bitter flavor with a light alcohol warmth and finishes incredibly clean. The mouthfeel is just about perfect for the style and perfectly cabonated.

D - The most drinkable IIPA I've ever had.

Overall, it's a pleasure every time I get to enjoy a Pliny. I was speaking to a fellow beer buddy about the idea that perhaps this beer is rated so high and we enjoy it so much beciase we might only get it eveyr month or two. That may be a little of the appeal but after sampling compared to a local IIPA and another highly rated IIPA Pliny really is, in my opinion, worthy of the reverance. Highly, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-02-2011 02:22:18

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 21:33:56 | More by hopfacebrew
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-27-2012 20:39:32 | More by atoulouk
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stafford2

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-27-2012 16:22:40 | More by stafford2
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beef13

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-27-2012 14:53:06 | More by beef13
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likeemdark

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-27-2012 13:48:24 | More by likeemdark
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,648 ratings.