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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,869 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,869
Reviews: 3,125
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,534
Gots: 1,500 | FT: 53
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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Giovacchini

California

4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pliny the elder was the first craft beer I had that made me fall in love with beer. It has a nice golden/amber color and nice thick creamy head. It has very citrusy aromas with grapefruit on the forefront. I have tried many other Dipa's since trying Pliny to better understand the style. Compared to 90 minute, sculpin, hop stupid, panzer wolf, dreadnaught, lagunitas sucks, and ruination none compare to Pliny and for that we must respect it. I am doing this review on Christmas day and I'm looking forward to the new year and February when the younger comes out (never had it). I am very fortunate to live in Sonoma county with Russian River so nearby. Happy holidays!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 06:14:29 | More by Giovacchini
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sinkfloridasink

Florida

4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold. About what you wold expect to see in a DIPA. Stronger head resilience then most.
S - Wonderful fruity hops. scent of apricot and tropical fruit is noted through the bitter hop.
T - A perfectly balanced hop dream. Fruit, bitter, awesome. The reported hop balance of this DIPA truly lived up to its name.
M - Creamy and smooth. Mid body that wont make you feel like you just ate cake after, but feels just as smooth.
O - A joy to drink. The hype is worth it. Maybe not as one of the BIGGEST and BADDEST beers ever brewed, but certainly as one of the best strong, drinkable DIPAS ive ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2011 04:37:51 | More by sinkfloridasink
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trumpetego

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

12-26-2011 04:17:51 | More by trumpetego
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TexAggie011

Texas

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-25-2011 20:19:28 | More by TexAggie011
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IMTHOMAS

Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-25-2011 19:50:50 | More by IMTHOMAS
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DangerDawg

Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-25-2011 17:23:22 | More by DangerDawg
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Torabayama

Hawaii

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-24-2011 19:58:25 | More by Torabayama
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brokentee

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-24-2011 16:13:38 | More by brokentee
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Chuck’s into my Duvel Tulip. 12/02/11 batch. Pours somewhat murky golden orange with three fingers of white head. Smells of pine, grapefruit, hops, resin. It’s not intrusively bitter, but you can sense the hop presence. Smooth, crisp, refreshing front. Grapefruit citrus middle. Pine finish. Remarkably complex, and sits on the palate very well. Very well done IPA, certainly up there among my favorite. It’s an experience to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 07:28:15 | More by Smurf2055
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bitterbeerguy

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know, right? Another great review of Pliny the Elder. I would say Russian River has earned it!

bottled: 12-2-11

Pliny pours a golden yellow-orange color. The bottle I had was perfectly carbonated with a marshmallow fluff white foam head and bubbles that rise throughout entire consumption.

The aroma of this brew is unmatched. So many layers: grapefruit, lemon, orange. Not one ounce of sour in this smell. Literally can smell it from across the table.

Flavor is balance of caramel/toffee with citrus and grapefruit. Slightest hint of cherry as the beer flavor lingers. No alcohol character, which is how a 8% IPA can be, but seldom is. Carbonation is plentiful, but not overwhelming.

When you put your mind to it, a great product can be created. Russian River is committed to making outstanding brews. Pliny the Elder is a testament to that commitment.

Thanks to azdback for sharing.

Cheers, and Merry Christmas!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 01:26:47 | More by bitterbeerguy
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dinojrbtom

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-23-2011 23:51:40 | More by dinojrbtom
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beerblanket

California

4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that got me hooked on craft beer several years ago. Naturally then, it should be my first review. I can't add much more than what's already been said; this is a great benchmark for what an American IPA should be. The smell, taste, and feel of this beer are all outstanding. The first time I tried it, I described it as tasting a bit like a forest. A lot of earthy hops balanced with a nice malt background give it a complex flavor. It's very smooth and inviting, and you definitely don't taste the alcohol, which at 8% can catch up to you quickly.

The craft beer scene has put out a lot of good IPAs recently; I would say some even surpass Pliny, but this beer will always be the standard by which those other beers are judged by. I've also had it in the bottle and it was also very good. If you haven't had this beer before, or if you haven't had it in a while, it's most definitely worth drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 22:18:23 | More by beerblanket
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StonePhil

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

12-23-2011 19:47:20 | More by StonePhil
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-23-2011 19:29:29 | More by bostonryan
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coldriver

Texas

4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Russian River brewbub in Santa Rosa Dec 22. Poured a deep amber, they actually handed it to me with out much head, but great lacing. Fantastic citrus pine hop aromas matched by the outstanding grapefruit, citrus pine taste. For me the mouthfeel was the most impressive aspect - how are they able to get such a juicy hop finish with it being so very dry at the same time? I was somewhat skeptical with all the hype, but this one (and every other RR beer I tried) was wonderful.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 15:38:16 | More by coldriver
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GradyS1

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-23-2011 14:44:53 | More by GradyS1
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gkatsoris


5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-23-2011 05:58:55 | More by gkatsoris
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crbooher

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-23-2011 04:24:11 | More by crbooher
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KMcG

Virginia

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-23-2011 01:16:02 | More by KMcG
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Boonedoggle

Nebraska

4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type: 500ml into brandy snifter

Appearance: thin head with good lacing. golden in color

Smell: Great amounts of hops but not overpowering

Taste: Very smooth bitterness. Like the smell, it's definitely not overpowering.

Mouth: light bodied, doesn't burn the senses.

Overall: Nectar from the gods. Absolutely phenomenal beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 01:11:57 | More by Boonedoggle
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ColSanders123

Georgia

5/5  rDev +7.5%

12-22-2011 21:16:27 | More by ColSanders123
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Ralphs66

New York

4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A BIIIIG thanks to Cstromberg57 for this one. Bottle dated 11/17/11. Awaited the arrival of my beautiful girlfriend to crack this one open; she made me promise...
DIPA's are usually not my first choice of beers, so the fact that I'm rating this at the level I am, certainly says something. It is one of the best looking beers around. That golden honey coloration with the orangish tinge creates a prism like quality. The citrus nose changes as it warms, with a floral undertone emerging. Taste is spectacular and the expected bite just isn't there. It smooth, clean and damn near perfect. While not a double, the only beer I have found to be better (in similar style), is Hill Farmstead's Edward. I'd love to try this one on tap, and patiently await the day when RR starts distributing in NY.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 19:36:19 | More by Ralphs66
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Retsinis

California

4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Pliney the Elder dozens of times, but am finally getting around to posting this review.

Review is from notes.

A: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. A healthy one inch pillow of creamy white head forms & lingers. The beer is crystal clear, no haze, and is a honey amber color.

S: Potent hops aromas are of tropical fruits mostly. Scents range from pine needles, pear, apple, pineapple, and grapefruit.

T: Initial clean bitter hop bite, but much less bitter then expected given the smell. Flavor notes of hop oils, medium caramel malt, toast & a smooth faintly dry finish.

M: Light to medium carbonation, oily, and a touch of lingering faint dry bitterness.

O: Excellent DIPA. Not much else to add beyond what is already known about this beer. I Try to pick up fresh bottles when I see them, but being as popular as it is, both locally, & nationally to traders, even here is getting more & more scarce to get a bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 18:53:29 | More by Retsinis
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Listers

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

12-22-2011 18:33:00 | More by Listers
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Guden

Maryland

2/5  rDev -57%

12-22-2011 18:25:15 | More by Guden
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,869 ratings.