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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,803 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,803
Reviews: 3,192
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 4,991
Gots: 1,873 | FT: 63
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%

Howlader, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

cfh64, Aug 12, 2012
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Wmbolling, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14%

k3bright, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of mpyle
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled May 4, 2012 (drinking 3+ months later).

Pale gold color, brilliantly clear. Pours a moderate sized white head, intensely creamy and with good retention.

Big tropical and pine hop aroma, maybe a little papaya and pineapple.

Subtle malt sweetness melds flawlessly with the more tropical fruit elements of the hop flavor. The sweet fruity flavor up front transitions to a slightly bitter fruity flavor in the finish. Hop bitterness is smooth and somewhat subtle.

Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, and just a little bit of alcohol warming.

Overall a tremendous showcase for hops, with malt secondary but there in sufficient quantities to provide a backbone. The alcohol character is well masked. A surprisingly drinkable 8% ABV DIPA.

mpyle, Aug 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

st9647v3, Aug 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

redfacedshooter, Aug 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

BigLittleHokis, Aug 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -24.7%

kendellmarie, Aug 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

bradcochran1234, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

clegolfski, Aug 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ebefiction, Aug 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

hbchrisg, Aug 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rolltide8425, Aug 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

averydylan, Aug 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

drkwoods, Aug 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

danipp, Aug 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

scot959, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14%

WorldWideStout, Aug 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

ek_ek, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of egdeoftheUS
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle 4-Aug-12 on sunny clear 22C day while finalizing my home-brew equipment list and working in the garage.

Thanks to Fairhaven Wine in Bellingham for showing me product "in the back."

Appearance - Poured clear, medium carbonation. 1.5 cm white head for 30 seconds, 3 mm lacing at each sip.

Smells of fresh crushed timothy grass flowers and heather blossoms. Truly interesting hop work in this beer. I'd appreciate a Pliny the Elder glade plugin...but I digress.

Pleasant taste for an IPA, no taste bud ruining bitterness. Hop tea with floral oils and a dash of grapefruit.

Slight tingle in the mouth with the expected carbonation.

Definitely the top IPA in my catalog, but not an overall favorite. Personal choice is exactly that.

egdeoftheUS, Aug 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

jteezy310, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of lovelyallen
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Belmont Station in Portland.

A: Poured a wonderful rich gold color with a perfect head. Pretty good lacing, not a ton but certainly a pretty beer to swirl and examine. It was very inviting.

S: The first thing I noticed was pine and then hops with a bit of sweetness at the end. It wasnt an overpowering aroma that knocked me off my feet but it smelled very fresh and crisp.

T: I couldnt tell that it was a DIPA because it wasnt a massive hop bomb, but that was fine with me. It was a perfectly balanced beer that I felt I could just sit and smell/drink for ages. The main notes were hops, pine, bready malt in the backbone, and a really great yellow honey note that I couldnt get enough of. The flavors were all spot on and I don't think I have a bad thing to say about it. However, it isnt some god like nectar that people make it out to be. Its damn god, but I wouldn't call it the best.

MF: Wasnt too oily or thick which I liked, but it certainly had a good body to it. Again, very well balanced.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. I recommend anyone try it if they can get their hands on it. However, it is certainly not the gods gift to men and it doesnt really live up to the massive hype surrounding it (but who cares, its delicious!). It is a solid DIPA, very drinkable, with some great depth and rich complex flavors.

lovelyallen, Aug 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

flyers1980, Aug 08, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,803 ratings.