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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,473 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,473
Reviews: 3,163
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,828
Gots: 1,743 | FT: 58
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%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Donsmitty, Apr 28, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%

On tap at the brewpub, served in a pint glass
A: Golden orange, 1/2 finger head
S: Pine, citrus rind and a bit of malt. Hop-forward but balanced.
T: In a word: wow. Huge hops featuring pine and citrus, but also a malt backbone. The hops really let you know they're there, but aren't overpowering, and the rest of the beer comes through in balance making for a really tasty drink.
M: Gives you a hop kick but overall is medium-bodied with pleasant carbonation and integrated malt/alcohol.
O: This definitely lives up to its reputation, and being from Ohio where it's unfortunately not distributed, I picked up a couple bottles to fly back with me. Truly an epic beer.

ONUMello, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

gfx, Apr 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Neog, Apr 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

j_jahn, Apr 27, 2012
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Riggsy, Apr 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BethelLight, Apr 27, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +5.4%

A- Golden orange with medium density sticky head.

S- Smells piney, grassy and earthy with a slight citrus undertone.

T- Nice hoppy profile. It is piney, grassy, earthy. It is well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. I believe that an English yeast is used?... nutty and earthy. and a consistent orange citrus flavor

M- Medium-full body. Good carbonation bit. A well rounded bitterness.

O- A shining example of an imperial IPA. It is well balanced yet hoppy. Earthy yet heavenly. Truely a tale that deserves a spot in history!

ckcanady, Apr 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

od_sf, Apr 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

capy316, Apr 27, 2012
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sanitysessions, Apr 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

egrace84, Apr 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Ahhh the holy grail of IPA's, finally a chance to try. Poured from 500ml bottle into large pilsner glass. This is pretty fresh as it was bottle last month.

A- Pours a mostly clear light orange with 2 fingers of frothy white head that sticks around pretty long. Good lacing.

S- I think I died and went to hop heaven. There is at a minimum some floral, citrus and pine character all in one. There is also some sweetness which may be the hops delivering some passion fruit type aroma? Could be malt also but with the amount of hops in here i'm guessing hops. Can't ask for more awesomeness.

T- Such complex balance and taste. I don't think any description I can conjure up will do it justice, but i'll try. The hop character definitely dominates throughout; more balanced early and mid with a little more lingering bitterness late that hangs around for a long time. The taste does not hit you with all citrus or all pine or any one thing in excess; it's just this insane blend of so many different things (balanced out so very nicely by the malt). But I guess it leans closer to citrus/mango/grapefruit/passion fruit type flavor than anything else.

M- A pretty perfect medium body and low to medium carbonation. Not much prickly sensation from the hops (how is that possible!?) and coats your mouth like a warm hoppy blanket (you like that right?).

O- Not much I can add other than to say it's definitely one of the best beers i've tasted. I knocked off a tiny .5 from appearance because i've seen beers with a little better head retention and lacing, and I took off a tiny .5 from taste because I like a little more piney hop character like Lagunitas frequently includes; but this is a top notch beer that all hop heads should enjoy one time or another.

Yoda22, Apr 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

kyager2000, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Thecherryman, Apr 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

bvdubn, Apr 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14%

markasparov, Apr 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

rah1734bones, Apr 26, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev -2.6%

after years and years and years of waiting for this one and reading the heavy hype, my new beer drinking girlfriend sourced 2 bottles of this for us. apparently she called all over denver and finally hooked it up at mr. b's liquor. thank god she did. this mythical beer pours a slightly cloudy honey orange color with a one inch bone white head that has excellent retention. the smell is amazing, really tropical hops. im picking up passion fruit, clementines, and something even more intense like a pau pau or a mango, im not quite sure, but its all from the hops. makes me think there is nelson sauvin in here, but i cant confirm that, similar profile though. flavor has all the same hop essences, but is rounded out with a crackery seedy malt flavor that lays just under the hops, which arent in any way overbearing and bitter. this is really sensational. mouthfeel would be a 6 out of 5 if that was a choice, it is light feeling and smoothly creamy despite its squarely medium body. its got this perfectly made richness of feel when its held in the mouth, it gets foamy and huge and cloud-like. well carbonated but not like soda pop, its more tame and gentle, different vibe totally, but equally bright. quite a surprisingly dry finish, but appealing in this context. the aftertaste is legendary, hanging on forever. forever. every tastebud on my tongue is firing, bitter ones are dancing up front, sweet ones are tickling me in the back, and fruity like the islands somewhere in between. my inner beer geek is just brimming with accomplishment and radiating joy. this is fucking excellent. worth every dollop of hype, i cant wait for my next go!

StonedTrippin, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

500mL bottle poured into a snifter
Born on: 04/03/12

A: Pours a hazy dark straw color with just under one fingers width of sea foam white head which dissipates fairly quickly to only an outer ring.  Tiny sedimentation particles can be seen suspended in the glass.  Leaves a fair amount of patchy lacing.

S: A big citrus hop aroma with notes of pineapple, peach, orange, lemon zest, and grapefruit.  There is also a resiny, piney hop presence, and grassy/floral characters.  The malt backbone is almost negligible on the nose.  Very nice.  

T: There are significantly more malt characteristics present in the taste then on the nose.  Initially it's bready malts upfront and biting piney hop bitterness on the backed.  There is a prominent smoky characteristic as well, which I find pretty unique for the style.  As it warms, other flavors come out, including a malt sweetness and a citrus hop presence that consists mostly of orange and some lemon zest, with a hint of peach as the warming continues.  It's well balanced, but lacking in the big citrus character that's present on the nose.

M/D: There is a great smoothness to this beer, which is one thing that helps separate the men from the boys when it comes to the DIPA style in my book.  It has a nice medium body with an appropriate carbonation and a nice drying finish.  The ABV is in no way noticeable, and the drinkability is dangerously high.  

O: I've had PtE a few times on tap, but this is my first bottle experience.  It's good, very good, but to me it doesn't live up to the hype.  The aroma is great, but the taste just doesn't quite do it for me.  I wish the citrus explosion from the nose was more prevalent on the tounge.  Now don't get me wrong, this is a really really good brew, that I will drink any chance I get.  However,  when it comes to the big DIPA's, my order is Hopslam-->Heady Topper--> PtE, and I can even say I've had a couple non 'big name'  DIPAs that I think are better offerings.  It's a must try for any craft beer fan, but not on the level of Hopslam or HT.  

zac16125, Apr 25, 2012
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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