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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,540
Reviews: 3,172
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,865
Gots: 1,757 | 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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Photo of indytdmiller
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer about four months ago, so I wont write a detailed review. I did, however, want to get my scores in....what a FANTASTIC imperial IPA!

The one thing that really stuck out to me about this beer was....nothing. I mean that in the best possible way. Not many imperial IPAs leave you feeling like you could drink them all day. This beer, however, came across as almost a session beer!

Loved it and cannot wait to get some more!

indytdmiller, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of 3lakes151
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

3lakes151, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of bhudlow23
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

bhudlow23, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Jdub983
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: It had a very clear and yellowish golden hue to it with little to no head which diminishes quickly.

S: Hops and flowers but mainly hops.

T: High amount of hops. I was very impressed by the balance though. Not overpower like other DIPA's by any means!

M: Very pleasant, not heavy, extremely drinkable, this is an IPA to go for.

O: Given its high rating and scarcity I had to try it. I would say give it a try once and make sure to get as much as you can when you do. I took a quick 15 min tour of the brewery with the manager and he said this stuff sometimes doesn't even make it to the kegs and goes strait to the taps. Was $5 for 500ml at the Russian River Brewery so not too bad at 8%. What a great brew and an even better brewery! I see why it's rated world class.

The brew I had was bottled on 03-19-2012. Very fresh!

Jdub983, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of terence
5/5  rDev +7.5%

terence, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of RepMichigan
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

RepMichigan, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of MaxHops
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hops, pineapple, various citrus, and bread in harmony. Despite the strength, everything is in balance here and there is little booze to give away it's 8% power. Makes a BIG difference to have fresh.

If you had one mailed to you that's been around for a while you aren't getting the real Pliney. Recently had a fresh one next to another that had sat in a car for 2 days (in mild cool weather) unrefrigerated and the piney, resin flavors/aromas were noticable diminished in the older sample.

Not hard to get fresh here in Cali as it sells so quickly but hard to get in quantity as most shops restrict your purchase to one 17oz bottle.

MaxHops, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of George2744
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

George2744, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of HopHeads1506
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

HopHeads1506, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

jacewg, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Snowrs
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Snowrs, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of galapas
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

galapas, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of LaPlaya
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

LaPlaya, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of capolo2k
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

capolo2k, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of stretke
5/5  rDev +7.5%

stretke, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of whiskaudio
4/5  rDev -14%

whiskaudio, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of DWarcher
5/5  rDev +7.5%

DWarcher, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of turmeric
5/5  rDev +7.5%

turmeric, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of lenrex
5/5  rDev +7.5%

lenrex, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/7/12 Poured into snifter and a pint glass

A: Thick white frothy head, light golden color, very good carbonation and amazing lacing

S: Citrus, fresh hops and flowers, pine, touch of sweetness in there

T: Nice blend of hops, nicely balanced from start to finish, bit of sweetness and bitterness

M: No complaints here, spot on in my book, great carbonation, medium bodied

O: Extremely drinkable, awesome stuff, can't wait to drink again

derkfromwi, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Schwag
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Schwag, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of TheBierBoutique
3.75/5  rDev -19.4%

TheBierBoutique, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of EA728
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect example of what an IPA/IIPA should taste like. With all the hype I did expect it to be hoppier, as I'm used to Ruination, but it doesn't try to be excessive.

The appearance is a nice golden color, nice head and lots of beautiful carbonation.

The smell is all hops and pine; if I could make a candle that smelled like this I would.

Taste is not overly bitter, but very hoppy. The flavors of the hops are balanced perfectly with the bittness and alcohol. Exactly what I think of when I imagine an IPA.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, excellent carbonation, and the alcohol is very well masked as I stated earlier.

Overall, considering I don't see distribution in Texas, and shipping is expensive, I would probably only purchase for special occasions or as a gift to a fellow beer geek, but it is definitely the best IPA I've ever had.

EA728, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of BrandonDZ
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BrandonDZ, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of BoatsSinkBro
4.28/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Torondao SF, 4th Street Grill, same-month bottles.
-Aroma of a more aggressive piney and resin hop over the also-noticeable citrus fruit character. It's got depth.
-Fresh and middle body of citrus fruit.
-A more overpowering bitter hop finish.
Not waaay too bitter, but it gets it's point across, well balanced if you you step back and look at it. It's the other spectrum, imo from the more citrus heavy IPA's. A very good beer anyone should try at LEAST once.

BoatsSinkBro, Mar 23, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,540 ratings.