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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,642 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,642
Reviews: 3,304
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,564
Gots: 2,296 | FT: 73
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into Free the Hops snifter bittled 12-26-12 drank 1-19-13. Not as fresh as i would like but lesa than a month

S- danky, piney, citrussy. Very nice almost florally smell. Not as pungent as i expected but very nice aroma.

A-golden very clear with a small head. Almost crystal clear

T-very well balanced. Hoppy but not over done. A little less than expected on bitterness and flavor hops but is very balanced and smoth drinking. Background of herbal almost rosemary, faint so nicely incorporated. After taste is a burst of hops

M-nicely carbed smooth going down and not over effervescent

O- would drink many many more. Understandable on why its so highly sought after. Wishit was readily available. Hats of RR good job

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1.25/5  rDev -73.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of dashmartino
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to a friend from California I was able to try this super fresh! Bottle was dated 1/4/13, drank it on 1/16/13. I have had it before, but it was about 2-3 months old so I thought I'd try it again fresh before I really made up my mind.
Cracked it open and took a whiff. Wouldn't describe it as pungent as much as I would say it's fragrant. Very piney, citrusy, hoppy from the first smell. The beer poured a clear dark golden color with a fingernail length of head. First sip produces great waves of hops over the tongue followed by a citrusy balance. The result is an extremely clean and crisp IPA dominated by hoppiness without an apologetic malt backing. The mouthfeel is slightly effervescent, but not overwhelming so, just enough to make the beer refreshing as well as delicious. Definitely has high drinkability (if you were somehow able to get a lot of it!) My final verdict, Pliny the Elder is the prime example of the perfect IPA, everything you'd expect from the style. Russian River advertises that their beers are meticulously made, and Pliny exemplifies that.
Pliny is often compared to Heady Topper. If you stack both of them side by side, it comes to a matter of personal preference. Pliny seems to be a more refined experience, while Heady Topper is like the race gas of IPAs. But don't take my word for it! Seek out both and enjoy, then decide for yourself!

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.84/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.43/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 12.27.12. Consumed 1-13-13.

A; Clear golden yellow with champagne bubbles. Nicely carbonated head. A quick swirl leaves a treacly cascade.

N: Blend of citrus and pine. Medicinal, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and earth. Grass and minor levels of biscuit.

T: So incredibly balanced and tasty. Pine and earth. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit. Has a lush deep fragrance of hops backed by a hint of malt sweetness. Peppercorn and more spruce. Quite bitter, but deliciously so.

M: Dry, sticky, and refined. No alcohol. This is sublime.

O: Still the standard DIPA. As the hops arm race continues, it’s a good reminder to us that we still need the all around complete version that doesn’t succumb to over-hopping or exotic varietals. Drink it, enjoy it, love it.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.81/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled (12/27/12) into lawson's sniffer

A:Golden orange yellow honey colored with a thin white head that leaves a small lacing around the top of the glass. It is cloudy but still semi-translucent no floaters

S: fresh citrus hop bomb heaven you can distinctly smell the hops and their freshness but also lots of orange and other citrus scents. I am very impressed this is way better then I remember it to be.

T: As before this is a fresh hoppy dipa with a great upfront hop taste that stays true as this beer is more well balanced then any dipa I have ever tasted as you get the tastes of the hops and bitterness but it is barely there in terms of power and makes this extremely drinkable while being true to its hop character it really is very impressive

M: crisp up front while being extremely smooth throughout and oily but not too much. Extremely drinkable with the alcohol being completely hidden and will come up on you fast if you do not take your time. Not thick but more thick then thin not watery or completely resiny but there is definitely some in there.

O: Lets start with "the comparison" heady topper is my favorite beer I like it better (I have tasted them back to back) but that being said I do not think they compare well HT is a hop bomb and Pliny is a balanced hop forward dipa for me there is a big difference and they are both great. Mad respect to Russian River this is an amazing well crafted beer lives up to the hype buy it if you can and the fresher the better.

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.36/5  rDev -6.4%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh Pliny...the benchmark of all IPAs. It is fresh, it is piney, it is bitter, it is well, worth it! Some say its over-hyped, some say its the best beer in the world. I say it is the best rounded out IPA you could ask for.
Its extremely drinkable. It has a great bitter component. It finishes great on the palate. Fruity, floral, earthy and piney tones all round out a great nose and taste. Super balanced. its never too much and never, not enough. I think the hype was over done, but I do think that it is a world class brew. Drink it sooner than later.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Chalkhead
3.75/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The easier to find, gentler Pliny. Great taste, STRONG like bull, awesome finish. The best way to enjoy it is AT Russian river on a hot day, followed by a dip in the waters... Plus, the guys at the brewery are awesome. If they have any of the younger, don't let it pass you by

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,642 ratings.