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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
world-class

9,905 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,905
Reviews: 3,127
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,549
Gots: 1,508 | FT: 54
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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CummingsK21

Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-31-2012 00:25:37 | More by CummingsK21
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-30-2012 23:40:07 | More by eawolff99
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ystazi

Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-30-2012 22:43:37 | More by ystazi
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-30-2012 04:33:40 | More by slimntubbs
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pcents

California

3.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple bottles of it and I can say I was a little disappointing for such a critically acclaimed beer. It had a beautiful golden, slightly brown appearance. Lacing seemed to be lacking on the glass the first bottle but the second it stuck on very well, though I was using a wine glass since I was at a friends house. I also was not able to pick up much of an aroma and I was not the only person of the group to feel this way. While it does emit a citrusy and slighyt sweet aroma I feel it should have been a little more pungent. Also I found it to lack the hoppiness I would expect to find in an Imperial IPA. It is a little bitter and has a light mouthfeel. I really did enjoy the beer and would definitively drink it again, in about 5 minutes when I open up another.
bottle 11-6-11 and drank on 1-29-12

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:54:23 | More by pcents
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-30-2012 01:27:00 | More by jfcaa193
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hendge

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -14%

01-29-2012 22:06:22 | More by hendge
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MaxAdvo

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-29-2012 20:45:14 | More by MaxAdvo
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fsimcox

California

4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass. Poured an amber-orange transparent color with a foamy white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smells of hops, and lemon citrus. Some hints of pine and perhaps some orange peel.

Big hop bitterness right from the start, with some lemon zest. Big notes of pinecone, and a mild citrus finish. Some carbonation as well. .

Mouth feel is smooth, a little creamy, zesty, crisp, with some carbonation. There is an all around hop presence.

An awesome IPA. Looking forward to trying it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 16:04:18 | More by fsimcox
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Shilt

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-29-2012 14:04:20 | More by Shilt
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Freeod

Virginia

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-29-2012 04:49:06 | More by Freeod
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Hawkfish

Washington

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-29-2012 03:18:10 | More by Hawkfish
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danskyad

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-29-2012 02:51:06 | More by danskyad
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Cstromberg57

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-29-2012 01:07:08 | More by Cstromberg57
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DrewShal9

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Joe! Bottle dated 12/29/11.

A: golden orange body with a cloudy swirl of hop resin and thick fluffy white finger and a half white head that leaves a beautiful lace along the sides of the glass. Head stays throughout the beer until last sip. Impressive!
S: initial smell was a HUGE hit of pine and tropical hops then more of a focus on the citrus notes. Some sweet malt escapes at the end
T: explosions of tropical and citrus that is sweet yet bitter then back to sweet. Interesting how the beer is taking my tongue on a rollercoaster like this.
M: smooth light body with a moderate amount of carbonation
O: good dipa but didn't live up to the hype for me. I was expecting more but glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 00:22:28 | More by DrewShal9
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesty of IrishColonial. Huge thanks, Eric!

A: Pours a very clear goldenrod. About two fingers of crisp white head that thin out to a quarter finger. Head retention is good. Lacing is decent, spotty but easily rendered.

S: Lots of tropical hops, but balanced by a distinct resin quality. I get pineapple, grapefruit, and orange zest. But all of this bright, sweet flavors balance against a bitterness that smells of fresh pine needles. Very distinct and very delicious smelling.

T: Bitter pine, caramel malt, and citrus zest on the finish. Pretty malt heavy. Drink smooth and sweet, but would have enjoyed more hop presence.

M: Very well balanced. Flavors are well-integrated and carbonation is spot on. None of the flavors really overwhelm, though I have had more hop forward beers.

O: Definitely a solid DIPA here. Distinctive if only for the nice blend of sweet citrus and bitter resin. Flavor profile is very smooth and balanced. But there are better IPAs and DIPAs out there. Not sure this one is worth all the hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:35:41 | More by siege06nd
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BCross

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

01-28-2012 22:08:59 | More by BCross
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Kidfrogger

Indiana

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 21:44:48 | More by Kidfrogger
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-light amber color with a nice white head and great lacing

S-huge aromas of citrus, pineapple with great floral notes and pine, very complex and heady

T-Great fruit and pine upfront with hop finish which lingers on the palate, complex flavors like the aroma suggests

F-medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation

O-awesome DIPA, hard to top this. Wish it were more available in the East

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 18:59:06 | More by MDDMD
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smutty33

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 16:42:23 | More by smutty33
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qwertyiop

Indiana

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 15:49:46 | More by qwertyiop
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r0gueleader

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 08:20:29 | More by r0gueleader
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iskeptopotamus

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 07:51:44 | More by iskeptopotamus
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Cinderbike

Nevada

4/5  rDev -14%

01-28-2012 07:44:16 | More by Cinderbike
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agaloco9

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 06:00:15 | More by agaloco9
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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