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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,634
Reviews: 3,303
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,560
Gots: 2,286 | FT: 73
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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Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was bottled 5/27/2013. Poured into a DFH/Sierra Nevada IPA Glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color and creates a 1.5 inch egg shell-colored head. A little less than a finger's worth of head remains. Beautiful DIPA!

S: I'm a little sniffly unfortunately, but I have had this once in the past on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Very tropical and well balanced hops in the nose. Nothing too overpowering. The aroma is amazing!

T: The best part of the review of course! Up front, I get a solid packed punch of hops and a dry finish afterwards. The hops definitely linger in the most sincere way possible.
Vinnie Cilurzo and RR are killing it with their line up! This beer is very well balanced and true to the DIPA style!

M: Mouthfeel on this guy is very smooth and leaves a dryness on the tongue after each sip. Very smooth for 8% abv. This is certainly not a boozy beer to me.

Overall: Overall, this beer seems pretty close to flawless to me. I love the style and this beer and I would love to get my hands on a case of it fresh down the road! Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MacStinson
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of SteveMi
3.05/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light colored and and pretty clear. Moderately carbonated.

S - Grapefruit is right up front. It's pleasant but nothing unique or special.

T - I was a little disappointed here. It's hoppy, but I get a lot more grapefruit than anything else and I've had that with many other west coast IPA's. I do see the balance but I think I personally like more of a hop bite in my IPA's.

M - Clean and crisp. Slight carbonation in each sip. Almost the refreshing you can get from wheats.

O - It's not bad by any stretch but I didn't feel it as special as many other reviewers do.

Photo of JasonSiedman
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stunning! Bottle brewed 10/23/12 and purchased last week at the brewery, having finally made a pilgrimage to Santa Rosa. Although this bottle can never compare with the awe at enjoying the first sip of a full pint during the brewpub's phenomenal happy hour, it is definitely the benchmark for this style and a world class beer.

Pours a hazy golden amber with impressive cream coloured head. Mouthfeel is refreshing and neither oily nor cloying, unlike some other 8% ABV DIPAs. Aroma blossoms as it warms, losing the initial boozy smell to a delightful mango and ripe tropical fruit medley. This fruit is well balanced throughout the taste and has an excellent backbone of caramelized malts, with a bitterness that comes through in the finish and lingers potentially until tomorrow.

Truly a well brewed, Master beer. Thank-you, Russian River. Highly recommend the trip...

Photo of sommersb
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 11-15-2012
Freshness: Bottled 10-04-2012
Packaging: 510ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Mail order

Appearance: Clear and bright copper-colored beer, with a sizable 2 fingers of white head. I get a nice amount of lace on the glass and a modest level of retention.

Smell: Huge citrus and piney hop aromas, with grapefruit and cut grasses. Very aromatic.

Taste: Just as in the smell, the taste features a big, fresh hop presence with bitterness of citrus and grapefruits. Also a bit of malt breadiness in the background. Some alcohol warmth is noted.

Mouthfeel: Rich and medium-bodied, with a crisp feel from high carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter from the aggressive hopping.

Overall: Glad to have tried this world-class brew after seeing all the accolades it's received. I can tell its very well representative of the style. I not a big hop-head, but can appreciate this excellent sample.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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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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3/5  rDev -35.6%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,634 ratings.