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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

10,627 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,627
Reviews: 3,179
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,901
Gots: 1,795 | FT: 57
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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Photo of TCgoalie
4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, just mowed the lawn...now for my just reward! Thanks Matt!

Poured into a large snifter, there is still reasonable head across the enlarged surface area. Splotchy lacing surrounds the edges of its straw like peachy hue.

Tropical pine heaven on the nose. Just one sniff showcases the balance between hop and malt. Pine, pineapple, and nectarine meet a rounded complimentary caramel malt backing.

As in the aroma, I am very satisfied with the balance. More pronounced in the taste is the piney resin. Pineapple and tangerine play within the taste with a supremely mellow malt backbone tying it all together.

A mellow medium-full feel in the mouth with drying in the end...very nice.

Nothing in this beer is new, nothing blows me away, but it is strong in all areas without flaws. I could drink this all night and be happy. Please ship to Michigan!

TCgoalie, May 24, 2012
Photo of Blargimus
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled on 4/3/2012.

Lighter than more DIPAs I've had. Crystal-clear and straw colored. A few fingers of pretty white head that settles and sticks around. Pretty beer, but not mind-boggling.

This is probably the most fragrant IPA I've ever smelled. Heavy pine with floral accents. Maybe a bit of sweetness, but this is hop heaven.

Taste is certainly hop-forward, but it's remarkably well-balanced. Really superb. I do think I detect just a hint of alcohol, but not as much as 8% would have you expect. The aftertaste is clean and crisp, and bitterness doesn't stick around too much. This is a selling point for me.

Carbonated really well, it's almost creamy. Really the one criticism I can think of is the lack of any resinous mouthfeel, but that's more of a personal preference.

Yeah, this beer deserves most, if not all of the hype.

Blargimus, May 24, 2012
Photo of Shineonsolar
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Shineonsolar, May 24, 2012
Photo of MaseFace
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MaseFace, May 23, 2012
Photo of halffull77
5/5  rDev +7.5%

halffull77, May 23, 2012
Photo of scubahood
5/5  rDev +7.5%

scubahood, May 23, 2012
Photo of jcruelty
3.75/5  rDev -19.4%

jcruelty, May 23, 2012
Photo of sarabee
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

sarabee, May 23, 2012
Photo of Yabev15
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Yabev15, May 23, 2012
Photo of Packman4IL
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Packman4IL, May 23, 2012
Photo of hockenbeer
5/5  rDev +7.5%

hockenbeer, May 23, 2012
Photo of MarkMorow
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MarkMorow, May 23, 2012
Photo of Durb777
3.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Durb777, May 22, 2012
Photo of KristaHall
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

KristaHall, May 22, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

csmartin6, May 22, 2012
Photo of bobbypaulson
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a person who lives in Minnesota Pliny the Elder is not available as easy and as often as I wish it could be. I was lucky enough to have some fresh bottles sent to me (as fresh as they can be) however I was even more lucky in early January to get a growler set to me the same day it was picked up from the brewery and delivered to me super quickly!!! I can still remember the huge pop of the 2L swing top growler. So from the grower into a tall pilsner glass the color was light orangy brown in color with a thin white head that disappears quickly. The smell is very big and hoppy and sweet. The taste is super balanced with the amount of hop and sweet. All this high ranked IPA are all so hard to rate because they all are so amazing, it's hard to decide which one is better.

bobbypaulson, May 21, 2012
Photo of jfmamj
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

jfmamj, May 21, 2012
Photo of SickNukes
4/5  rDev -14%

SickNukes, May 21, 2012
Photo of Bottletap
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Bottletap, May 21, 2012
Photo of beerMeh
5/5  rDev +7.5%

beerMeh, May 21, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at cvm4's Yeti tasting. This was the warmup beer. And what a warmup it was!

A: Clear light yellow/orange with a one finger off white head that gave way to big bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: Major piney. Floral. Like walking in a forest of evergreens. May the hops be with you.

T: A hop/malt combo. Crisp, not bitter. Grapefruit, oranges. A clean finish. Oh, so smooth.

M: Light to medium. Light carbonation.

O: I'm not a hop person, but Pliney is a convincing brew, ultra smooth and highly drinkable. It really doesn't get better than this. Glad I got to try some.

brewskifan55, May 20, 2012
Photo of Enish266
4.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into Hess Willi Becher glass. Bottled on 05/16/12. Purchased for $6.99 from Holiday Wine Cellar.

A - hazy, light golden yellow. One inch head that dissipates after a few minutes with a moderate pour.

S - Pine and mango with hints of pineapple.

T - first taste is lightly sweet that then reveals its hop-awesomeness. Bitter, but not over the top. Just enough malt backbone to let you know it's there. Also finishes sweet with a hint of caramel and bitterness.

M - a little thin for the style. Doesn't coat my tongue or mouth as much as I hoped or remember.

O - A very good DIPA. A lot of competition in this style nowadays. Alpine and Kern River are worth competitors that are sort of local to SoCal but are arguably harder to find. Still one of the paragons that most DIPAs will aspire to be.

Enish266, May 20, 2012
Photo of mtbdonn
4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden orange with a good sized white, foamy head.
S - Big fruity hop smell; lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and just a little lemon.
T - Similar to the smell but with lots of hops, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon, pine, as well as some floral and other earthy flavors. Considering all this, it isn’t too bitter. There is slight bitter presence, but there are so many other flavors it isn't overpowering. The fruit flavors provide a very subtle sweetness along with some pale malt as well.
M - Medium to full body with a nice balance of carbonation; very creamy and smooth.
O - Absolutely delicious, the best IPA I've had! Great drinkability, goes down easy and tastes absolutely wonderful. The hop flavors work very well together making it quite refreshing.

mtbdonn, May 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

linttrap, May 19, 2012
Photo of MaChiNe
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MaChiNe, May 19, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,627 ratings.