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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,861 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,861
Reviews: 3,125
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,530
Gots: 1,497 | FT: 55
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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Swuntly

California

4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottle dated 2-6-12

A - Pours a clear golden orange. 2 fingers of amazing fluffy eggshell white head linger around while leaving nice sticky lacing. amazing looking beer. 4.5

S - Pure tropical citrus up font, with pineapple, mango and passionfruit. Grass and pine is in there too, and the slightest hint of bready malt as well. 5

T - Pineapple and grapefruit right upfront, followed by freshly cut grass. Malt comes through on the back end, with just a bit of lasting hop bitterness. Very drinkable as the alcohol is completely hidden. 5

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Slightly resinous feeling coats the mouth. 4

O - Definitely a beer that should be sought after by IPA lovers, Elder is very drinkable and highly hopped. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 22:37:16 | More by Swuntly
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yankeefan287

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-24-2012 19:34:18 | More by yankeefan287
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mz3frs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -14%

02-22-2012 02:31:06 | More by mz3frs
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whatsajessica

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-22-2012 00:41:36 | More by whatsajessica
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brewinglawyer

Washington

4/5  rDev -14%

02-21-2012 22:47:14 | More by brewinglawyer
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -14%

02-21-2012 15:01:15 | More by Patrickbrusil
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callmeishmALE

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-21-2012 00:25:16 | More by callmeishmALE
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Ktown67

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-20-2012 23:52:37 | More by Ktown67
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

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

Bottled 2/6/12 poured into tulip

A - Pours a crystal-clear golden copper with a two finger white head that laces the glass wonderfully. Great retention on a head that lasts for days.

S - Sweet tropical fruits of pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. Pine needles and sweet caramel. Less aggressive than I recall, but perhaps that's a good thing considering the amazing balance this beer displays. Surprised that it doesn't keep up with others that I love (Sculpin and Double Jack come to mind as have better aromas).

T - Talk about balance. I haven't had this in over a year, but I remember how well it balances hop with malt and various hop flavors with one another. Bitter hops, resinous pine, sweet caramel, sweet tropical fruits. Finish is a bready/grainy warming wonder. It has everything, and it it perfectly composed.

M - Mouthfeel is divine. Medium body, smooth with some crisp carbonation.Finishes a bit drier than it starts but only just the right amount.

O - Long live the king! That said, Pliny's dominance isn't nearly as clear to me as it was the first time I drank it. I've had many amazing beers, many of which are DIPAs, since I first drank this beer. I'll probably rank this highest, because it is in perfect balance and tastes incredible without overwhelming with hops (definitely still a hop monster, though!). This is a beer that I'd die to have easy, regular access to. It has a drinkability that these other world class IPAs (other than Double Sunshine) don't quite have. I could drink this like water and be on cloud nine. Drinking pints and pints of Heady Topper could be a bit taxing, as that's one aggressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 22:51:40 | More by greenmonstah
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idrinkbrew

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-20-2012 19:29:19 | More by idrinkbrew
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ritter57

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-20-2012 18:28:49 | More by ritter57
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rogueleonardi

Ohio

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

Huge thanks goes out to hoparoundnw2337 for sharing one of these out of the goodness of his heart.

O - yes i'm starting with overall. This is one of the greatest beers I've ever had. Fantastic color, the golden color almost seems to glow with an orange aura. The pure white head looks like a cloud that's been plucked straight from the sky, and this golden nectar tastes as if the beer god Osiris brewed it himself.

A - Before I even opened this beer I loved it. The odd shaped bottle, with the cool vintage looking label gives it a very west coast look. I poured this pretty vigorously into a plain pint glass. Has a perfect clear golden color with a hint of orange to it. Gorgeous pure white head, about 1 1/2 inches worth. The head is very airy with some huge bubbles. Great lacing, awesome carbonation, you can see all kinds of bubbles slowly rising to the top.

S - As soon as you pop the cap on this one you get hit in the face with a ton of hops. Grapefruit, lemons, and some other tropical citrus upfront with an amount of very piney, earthy hops following it giving it a nice balance. Really no malt to speak of, this aroma is all about the hops

T - Hoptacular! Hoprageous! Hopsanity! All kinds of hops but they balance the beer very well. The piney more earthy hops give the more bitter, and citrusy hops a much better balance, and keeps it refreshing. The piney hops also do a great job hiding the 8% abv, no alcohol flavor what so ever.

M - Perfect carbonation gives this a very refreshing feel. Its not to carbonated to the point where its overwhelming, but it does leave a nice crisp finish. Very drinkable for 8% with no alcohol feel at all. Very thin beer, with a light viscosity.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 16:31:24 | More by rogueleonardi
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valdieuer

Maine

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-20-2012 15:52:24 | More by valdieuer
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rammi89

California

3.5/5  rDev -24.7%

02-20-2012 09:16:00 | More by rammi89
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TheSamsquanch

New York

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

02-20-2012 02:18:11 | More by TheSamsquanch
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MickeyHops

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-20-2012 02:08:15 | More by MickeyHops
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surfotog

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-20-2012 00:27:19 | More by surfotog
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fortheloveofbooz

California

4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Crystal clear honey color. Absolutely beautiful beer Ridiculously fluffy white head and fantastic lacing.

S - Really nice citrus and pine notes, grapefruit and tropical fruits shine through. Very little sweet malty smell. Definite focus on the hops.

T - Similar to the smell. A lot of citrus/tropical fruits and some pine, even a touch of Meyer Lemon with a just the right amount of resin. Nice balanced alcohol, nice malt backbone. Killer!!

M - Seriously smooth mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation to awaken your palate.

O - Seriously a killer double IPA, no real flaws in my opinion. Wish I could get my hands on it more often.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 20:48:09 | More by fortheloveofbooz
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Weter

Michigan

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-19-2012 18:53:24 | More by Weter
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TubaChic

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-19-2012 17:50:45 | More by TubaChic
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ChocolateJesus

Indiana

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-19-2012 16:45:11 | More by ChocolateJesus
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chugalug06

Colorado

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

Dated 2/6/12

A - Amazingly clear! Beautiful orange and yellow color. Perfectly neat white foamy head. The head should be described as cream, not foam... Moderate (random) lacing... Not too heavy. How do you get such a complex brew this clear?!?!?!

S - Very sweet citrus bears the nose. Very smooth and buttery. Lots of deep robust orange and vanilla notes. Grapefruit, lime, and pineapple

T/M - Very addicting flavor. It's super tough to set this one down... Very sweet, but not sugary at all. Perfectly bitter and hopped. The citrus blend melds well with the crystal malts. The Simcoe and Centennial hops stand out big time, they're very fruity and fragrant. No heat to be found.

O - There are VERY few beers, let alone DIPAs, this well rounded. An awesome brew, I may prefer The Elder to The Younger... A good value at $6/500ml, but be warned, it sure does go down fast. Recommended, if you can find it ;) Brilliant work Vinnie.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:37:39 | More by chugalug06
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clarkw42

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

02-19-2012 04:06:13 | More by clarkw42
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-19-2012 02:15:54 | More by FalconA
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

02-19-2012 01:55:35 | More by millerbuffoon
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,861 ratings.