Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,459
Reviews: 3,258
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 5,352
Gots: 2,149 | FT: 67
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003)
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16oz bottle brought back from California into a pub glass.

A - Very clean straw colored with no noticeable haze. Nice continuous carbonation bubbles. A thin white, dense head that sticks around with nice lacing.

S - Very noticeable grapefruit aroma with hints of pine.

T - Initial flavor is strongly grapefruit with a subtle piney flavor that lingers for a little while. A little hint of malt sweetness, but the hops definitely dominate the flavor profile.

M - Very crisp and clean with a little bit of carbonation prickle. No cloying sweetness as found in some of the East Coast 2xIPAs.

D - An overall great beer. Very drinkable. For a 2xIPA it hides the higher alcohol content well with a great balance with just enough sweetness to balance the hops bitterness. Excellent (or should I say the perfect) example of a West Coast 2xIPA.

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3.25/5  rDev -30.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jhadler
4.2/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother brought a case of this back from his trip to out west. There was almost too much hype around this one before i had a chance to try it. It didn't disappoint but it wasn't the best ipa I've ever had either.

Hoppy with a little fruit citrus that remains long after with great amount of carbonation.

Bottle Design: 2/10

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Resuin
4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to user quirkzoo for this bottle, which was sent to me out in Hawaii for no other reason than being friendly. Much, much mahalo! Bottled on 09/10/2012 which was 50 days ago, as of this review.

510 mL bottle poured into a Victory Golden Monkey Goblet.

Look: A magnificent golden-orange with a white, solid inch or two head that leaves a nice lace as it comes down. I'm loving the color.

Smell: Very hoppy, piney a little fruity - very pleasant - upon first smell a strong rush of hops is all I get which is wonderful. Best-smelling beer I've had - I could smell this all day. But on to the taste..

Taste - Pine. Some citrus. Just wonderful, not a hint of anything unpleasant. Really smooth. Leaves the taste of piney hops in the mouth afterward which is great.

Mouthfeel - Perfect amount of carbonation, pretty light for a beer of this strength.

Overall - This is a spectacular IPA and its reputation is well-deserved. So well balanced and drinkable. The flavor is an awesome combination of delicious hops, with a solid malt backbone. Everything about the beer screams excellence. Tasty.

Edit: ~10 bottles of PtE and 6 months later this beer is still incredible!
2nd Edit: I've had a couple bottles that were malt-bombs, this one changes a lot with age.

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a beautiful clear golden body with a thick white head that quickly fades away.

S: Strong floral hops, some sweet malt, some pine a little alcohol and a bit of citrus.

T: Strong amount of citrusy and floral hop flavor that lingers on my palate for a very long time. As the beer lingers longer, I start to get a nice amount of sweetness from the malt.

M: This is by far the best feeling DIPA I have ever had. It gives a perfect amount of tingle all across the tongue and has a nice semi-full body. The carbonation is absolutely perfect and I have a nice dry feeling in my mouth

O: I can see why this beer has such amazing reviews. Everything about this beer is fantastic; I wish I was able to get this here in Texas.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a snifter. The bottle was just shy of three weeks old according to the bottling date.

A: The beer takes on a very clear golden color with a small, white head. The head was surprisingly thin and disappeared in a matter of a minute. It's alright, though; I wasn't looking into this beer for its looks.

S: The brew gave me exactly what I was looking for when I put my nose to the to glass: a swift, assertive punch to the face of west coast hops at their sweet, juicy peak. I couldn't wait to dive in.

T: The aroma of this beer does not fall short on any promises; it delivers with a a sweeping rush of gushy citrus sweetness right up front. If you're looking for an expertly showcased bouquet of flavors hops can impart on a beer, look no further. Grapefruit, tangerines, a bit of lemon zest mixed with some simple sugars a slight touch of earthiness.

M: Smooth, a bit slick, with a bit of an oily residue left on the palate upon each sip. Carbonation was just a touch fizzy, not in a distracting fashion. Bitter-sweet upon the tongue in the finish, but by no means overwhelming.

O: What more can be said that hasn't already? If you have the opportunity to try this beer, seize it!

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.91/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A Nice color and white cap lacing.

S Pliney is very piney and bursting with citrus and floral aromas. Its like a christmas tree in a glass.

T Taste matching smell for the most part. The definition of crafted beer. Nice bitter bite with a creamy finish.

M Good consistency and drinkability with each sip. Not too thin.

O Def among the best ipa's out there.

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heard from the Newman at Olive Tree Market that these were coming in for the weekend so I was on the lookout - scored the last 2 bottles from Baron's Market for $5.99 each and poured them into a Thirsty Bear branded .5 liter glass.

A: Pours a super clean light copper / straw-like hue with a fat white head that sticks around for a few pulls leaving ridiculous amounts of lacing from start to finish.

S: Whiffs of fresh cut ganja, grapefruit rinds, dried hay, a hint of carmel malt, light alcohol and black peppercorn finish.

T: On point with the nose - classic Cali flavors in this one - big time floral ganja goodness, bitter white grapefruit, just enough sweetness from the light maltiness to round it out nicely, letting the hop run the show - as it should! Finishing extremely clean overall aided by the fresh water sources from the area.

M: Legit medium bodied ale with light carbonation that lends to the creaminess of this one nicely - bitter hop oils linger for days and coat the palate nicely with the perfect hop blend.

Top tier IPA or imperial IPA (depending on who you ask) - tastes better and much easier drinking than most "DIPA's/Imperial IPA's". Definitely one of my favorite IPA's from this fine state!

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,459 ratings.