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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,296 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,296
Reviews: 3,143
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,735
Gots: 1,680 | FT: 55
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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kevinscott

Texas

4/5  rDev -14%

02-17-2012 15:47:38 | More by kevinscott
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BeerShman

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-17-2012 06:45:27 | More by BeerShman
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radlleb

Oregon

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-17-2012 04:54:48 | More by radlleb
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syu3003

Michigan

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-17-2012 03:54:17 | More by syu3003
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Xanadude

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-17-2012 03:19:57 | More by Xanadude
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rmcnealy

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -12.9%

Finally got ahold of one of these from a great West Coast BA'er. Thanks Matt!

Served chilled in a snifter. Poured a medium amber that was only slightly translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a froathy head that was tightly laced and didn't flee overly fast eventually ending up as a choppy, inconsistent layer on top. The smells are of beautiful, fresh hops. Citrus everywhere! The dry, bitter kinds... grapefruit and tangerines. No malts in sight. Smells are great. The tastes mirror the smells with that great citrus hop. It isn't very bitter, however. Extremely crisp and smooth. Unlike many other dIPA's. I'm having mixed emotions on the taste/mouthfeel. Having been on a steady diet of Hopslam and recently trying Heady Topper, I think it's just missing a little bitter bite at the end. 8% abv is on the low end for dIPA's so perhaps this has something to do with it. Very good, otherwise. The smells and front hop note tastes are great. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one and am looking forward to eventually trying Younger. This is my first Russian River offering and a definite thumbs up!

Enjoy!

02-17-2012 01:08:59 | More by rmcnealy
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mrkinnex

Oregon

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-16-2012 22:40:37 | More by mrkinnex
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jamiekimble

Florida

4/5  rDev -14%

02-16-2012 21:27:31 | More by jamiekimble
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MeadGuyfromMD

Maryland

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-16-2012 21:18:48 | More by MeadGuyfromMD
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willseph

Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-16-2012 19:11:48 | More by willseph
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tacoboat

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-16-2012 18:45:14 | More by tacoboat
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cps98

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +1.7%

Well after a long wait I finally got my hands on a fresh Pliny. Bottle date is 1/16/12 and I drank it last night on 2/15/12. Poured into a tasting glass.

A – Pours a really nice, clear autumn yellow. A really nice 1 finger head was seen but dissipated rated quickly to a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S – The dominant smells I get are pine, and citrus mainly grapefruit. I get no malty sweetness at all.

T – The hops are up front but not over powering like other DIPA’s I’ve had. Everything works together very nicely in this beer. There was some citrus but the malt was well hidden by the hop flavors.

M – Super smooth, really nice carbonation added to that tingle on the tongue. I would put it between full and medium bodied.

O – I was really amped up to try and this beer and am super grateful I got a chance. I was really impressed at how smooth the beer was for the over the top IBU’s. Wish I lived out west so I could drink this guy all the time but unfortunately it will just have to be one of those surprises every now and then.

02-16-2012 18:06:46 | More by cps98
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marshmeli

New York

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-16-2012 14:15:11 | More by marshmeli
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bullywee

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

02-16-2012 11:17:05 | More by bullywee
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CarolinaKevin

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

02-16-2012 03:40:45 | More by CarolinaKevin
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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-16-2012 03:12:15 | More by cletetron
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sweatervest27

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

02-16-2012 01:20:06 | More by sweatervest27
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googam

Texas

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-16-2012 00:12:29 | More by googam
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vr6corrado

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-15-2012 23:49:00 | More by vr6corrado
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MBrausen

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -8%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours a cherry orange, nice one finger head, rests at some nice bubbles and a thick ring, very nice lacing on the glass.

S. Smells of sweet orange, pine and light grape fruit, and some white grapes. Very sweet smelling.

T. Tastes of smooth citrus, mild grapefruit, a warm tangy finish that I can't quite describe.

M. Medium heavy body, large feeling, a little creamy, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O. A pretty good beer. Sweet with some nice flavors, a bigger feeling IPA. I think this is much over hyped. Just not the mind blowing beer all the ratings pitch it to be. A great beer for the $6 you pay for it on the West coast, but not worth trading a fortune for. Glad I tried it, but I won't likely search it out in the future.

02-15-2012 22:22:08 | More by MBrausen
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inCASE

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

02-15-2012 22:01:13 | More by inCASE
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garyford

Texas

4/5  rDev -14%

02-15-2012 21:23:59 | More by garyford
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sharpski

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

02-15-2012 20:31:23 | More by sharpski
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fjl77

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-15-2012 20:22:59 | More by fjl77
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crashdavisinoh

Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.5%

02-15-2012 19:33:07 | More by crashdavisinoh
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,296 ratings.