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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,673 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,673
Reviews: 3,309
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,591
Gots: 2,319 | FT: 75
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.87/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this one thanks to Johnny Ramirez. Can't thank him enough! This has been on my wants list as long as I can remember. Pours a perfect amber color with amazing clarity - something not necessarily expected from a DIPA. Very clean looking with a long-lasting head, super white, thick, and foamy.

The aroma is, bluntly put, motherfucking outrageous. Simply amazing. Heavy ass pineapple and citrus aroma, right along with orange zest and lemon. Hops-to-the-walls; piney, leafy, floral, perfume-like. This amazing balance on the nose between sweet-bitter and fruit-hops is incredible. The pineapple kills me - powerful and pure, not fake or artificial in any way. A total forest of hops, trees, pines, fruits, mangos, pineapples, etc. I want a goddamn Pliny the Elder air freshener.

The taste starts off with an up-front smash of hops; wet, bitter, and assertive, but not harsh, overpowering, or off-putting. These hops are perfect in every way. Piney, oily, and resinous. Alcohol presence is noticeable but never intrudes and is always welcomed. Heavy malt backbone balances everything perfectly. The sweetness from the pineapples and mangos are well-timed and synchronize perfectly with the hops. The flavor profile on this beer is executed eloquently and masterfully. Medium-thick body, mild stickiness, perfect carbonation.

I was scared the hype would ruin this for me. How can a beer seriously live up to the ridiculous amount of hype that Pliny regularly gets? Not only did it live up to those expectations, it surpassed them. I promised myself I wouldn't be swayed by the reviews and wouldn't "say I liked it, just to like it" - but it's impossible. There's a reason this beer is so highly acclaimed. It's ridiculously amazing.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of LaChupacabra
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold/orange with medium eggshell head. Nice lacing.

S: Piney hops, grapefruit, orange and floral aromas.

T: Very hop forward. Bitter finish that lingers. Bright citrus notes with malty backbone.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation with crisp, dry finish.

O: Great beer, but competition is tough these days. A few years ago this was my favorite IPA/DIPA, but with the popularity of the style, there are so many other great West Coast IPAs these days that this one, while delicious, doesn't stand out above the rest in any real way.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer is clear orange to yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar of large bubbles around the edge and some delicate lacing in between.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapefruit in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grapefruit, notes of caramel malts and hints of pine resin.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable and has no trace of alcohol in the taste. It also has an excellent balance between the malts and the hops.

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4.92/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Golden rod with a white head

Smell - Amazing smell here. Pineapple up front followed by fresh hops. Absolutely perfect

Taste - A wave of tropical fruit pours over the tongue with pineapple leading the way. This transforms into a piney resin hop flavor that leaves the mouth coated and wanting more

Mouthfeel - Smooth and decently thick at the same time. Perfect amount of carbonation

Overall - This is one of the best IPA/DIPA's I have ever had and it is well deserving of all of the accolades it receives. The aroma is magnificent and the wave of flavors on the hop bill are absolutely perfect. A must have

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.13/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/1/12, so a little over a month old.

A: Pours a clear honey gold with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Bright citrus up front with pineapple, oranges, and some grapefruit. Mostly just sweet citrus here with few earthy notes. Simple, but quite nice.

T: Citrusy here as well, with pineapple and grapefruit dominating at first before some resin and pine notes kick in for a finish that is lightly bitter and earthy. Oddly, several seconds after each sip, I get a much stronger and more lingering bitterness.

M: Body is on the lighter side of medium with a decent amount of carbonation, giving this beer a nice bite to go with the hops.

O: A good DIPA overall. Not the best out there by any means, but definitely a great example of the style. I wish the aftertaste weren't so bitter and the nose were a bit more pungent, but other than that it's a very enjoyable beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 112112, bought it at Russian Brewery

A: clear golden with a sticky foam

S: dank, resiny, pine, citrus

T: grassy and herbal (good "skunk"), piney, but not too bitter. maltiness backs up the hop flavor, but dry enough to go down smoothly. alcohol sweetness/warmth that is noticeable on my throat after few sips

M: rather dry finish. i prefer the dry finish than some sticky ipas

O: it's a very good ipa. the skunk reminded me of the stone's drink-by 12.21.12, but stone is more pronounced skunk than this one. very good ipa

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Freshie bottle purchased at Hollingshead Deli when I was in CA (Orange) last week. Bottle is dated 11/26 and today is 12/5. I drank more than my share of Pliny while I was physically in CA. Some bottle, some draft. This is my last one that I brought home here to MA. Bottle poured into Hill Farmstead stemware.

A: Translucent, honey-amber in color. White/off white two finger head on the pour. Quickly recedes, but lacing is decent as i drink.

S: Sweet flowers (Simcoe?), grapefruit, piney/resinous hops. Light bready malts. Slight tinge of alcohol.

T: Grapefruit! Orange. Wonderful balance of hop blast amidst a malt backbone. Pretty much the standard, IMO, for DIPA balance and perfection. For a straight hop fix I might choose several of the HF line or HT, but this is one for the ages. I'm thankful that I am lucky enough to taste all of these great beers on a regular basis.

M: Medium. Slicky and slightly oily, but not at all cloying. Lingering bitterness, but not really dry per se. Begs for another sip.

O: Legendary for a reason.

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,673 ratings.