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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,640 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,640
Reviews: 3,120
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,416
Gots: 1,391 | FT: 52
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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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-05-2011 04:46:35 | More by rab53
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jpeck13

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

12-05-2011 02:14:51 | More by jpeck13
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ten1965

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-05-2011 01:40:20 | More by ten1965
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racens

Indiana

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-05-2011 01:00:51 | More by racens
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stevecooks

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-04-2011 23:45:54 | More by stevecooks
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alexolit

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-04-2011 22:06:37 | More by alexolit
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A nice light orange / yellowish hue, Decent amount of tight white bubbly head.

Smell - Big west coast hops, grapefruit, peaches, mangoes. Very floral. Smells INCREDIBLE

Taste - There it is, the infamous pliny. Everything i had hoped for and more. Follows the nose. Nice tropical fruits, very little bitterness and incredibly juicy and refreshing. Oh yes, thank you for this beer RR.

Mouthfeel - Nice chewiness and carbonation.

Overall - Such a phenomenal beer, a beer all IPAs should aspire to be, was it worth the hunt? Yes. Will i be needing to trade and trade for it on the east coast to keep my hop fix intact? Not at all. Flower Power and Heady topper are just as good. Phenomenal world class beer though.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 21:59:43 | More by aorloski
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SRossman

Washington

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-04-2011 21:23:51 | More by SRossman
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swooshjtb

Mississippi

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-04-2011 20:28:02 | More by swooshjtb
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BrewinHeadBanger

New York

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-04-2011 20:23:09 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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merky87

Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-04-2011 19:51:12 | More by merky87
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beerfan99

Virginia

5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler from Russian River consumed later on the same day.

A: Amber/orange color with a faint white head. Carbonated well to leave a lasting head. White lacing on the glass tracked my progress.

S: Incredible hop aroma. Bursts of Simcoe hops filled the air as soon as the growler was popped.

T: Hop flavors match the aroma. Perfect balance between hops and malt. Alcohol is difficult to detect.

M: Very pleasing to the palate. Hop bitterness leaves a dry feeling, which only makes me want more.

O: This is the gold standard for a double IPA. I am looking forward to returning to Russian River today for Happy Hour Pliny the Elder.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2011 18:45:48 | More by beerfan99
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furthurgone

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-04-2011 09:00:43 | More by furthurgone
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onefalsemove711

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-04-2011 04:24:26 | More by onefalsemove711
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BruceBruce

Texas

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-04-2011 04:15:00 | More by BruceBruce
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LucienDeRubempre

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-04-2011 02:48:21 | More by LucienDeRubempre
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gthompsonri

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-04-2011 02:40:47 | More by gthompsonri
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UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

12-04-2011 01:47:15 | More by UNCCTDawg
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argock

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at 4th Street Bar & Grill (San Francisco, CA).

A: Burnt amber with 1/2-finger of off-white frothy head with good retention and lacing.

S: Pine resin dominates far and away followed by grapefruit citrus and honeysuckle. The malt plays little to no role in the aroma.

T: The resinous flavor of this beer is staggering and it melds with the citrus and some of the milder tropical fruit components beautifully. The maltiness is no slouch but mainly provides a light caramel base rather than much sweetness.

M: Slick and thick with some chewiness due to the prodigious malt base. Aftertaste is piney but not at all astringent.

O: This was so good I had a pint all 4 nights we went out in SF. Delicious stuff but you have to be careful with it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 23:40:36 | More by argock
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VoiceOfTheSoul

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supposed to be a 12oz pour, but closer to a pint, into a pint glass. On tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA in June.

A Pours a golden copper with a thin white head, she prob didnt pour correctly, with soft lacing.

S Smells sweet and bready, like pale malts covered in grapefruit and limey citrus sprinkled generously with pine needles. After a swirl, more lemons and possibly something like coriander.

T Taste is sweet citrusy oranges with grapefruit overtop a bready malt base much like the nose but differently laid out. Piney bitterness on the roof and in the finish, lingering bitterness and grapefruit.

M It's smooth and light, astringent in the middle.

O It's very refreshing, crisp, fruity, nice, but possibly a bit overhyped, but its pretty damn good. Great balance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 17:47:16 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

12-03-2011 12:57:10 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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BrokenStones

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first had Pliny the Elder @ Bouchon in Yountville. A huge IPA fan, I needed to see and try Pliny for myself. Didn't think it could really live up to the hype, and it would just be a pallet refresher for all the great Napa Cabs we tasted that day.

Ordered a Bottle, poured into a tall pilsner glass. Golden color, 1/2" head, clean, crisp, fresh hops on the pallet and the nose.
Outstanding...and now a secret stash heading east for Me.
Seek it out if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 12:22:16 | More by BrokenStones
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RyanBeer13

Virginia

4/5  rDev -14%

12-03-2011 11:00:35 | More by RyanBeer13
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Drinkerofales

California

4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice yellowish amber, just slightly cloudy.

Smells like hops. Great floral and piney citrus notes

Tastes bright and piney, reflects the great nose up front, not much malt, and that's just about right. Great hops on the aftertaste.

Feels thin, hides the alcohol well, almost light feeling, strange for an 8%.

This is an IPA that all IPAs wish they were. The essence of IPA. Hops punch perfectly, I haven't had many IPAs better than this. I can see why it has the high rating, easily one of my new favorite beers, to live upto the hype is difficult, to surpass it like this does is amazing

DOA

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 06:26:29 | More by Drinkerofales
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JohnPhillippi

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-03-2011 04:22:05 | More by JohnPhillippi
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,640 ratings.