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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,831 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,831
Reviews: 3,195
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 4,996
Gots: 1,883 | FT: 63
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 Ifields
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had Pliny on tap, from a bottle and a growler which is the same as tap I guess. Anyhow, on tap is the perfect blend of freshness, coolness and taste. It encompassed everything you want in a beer; taste, high ABV and did I mention taste? Perfection in a glass. The color is a beautiful orange with a bouquet of hops. The taste is a perfect balance of well, just about everything. "Just get it".

Ifields, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Coleybeerman
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine brought me back a bottle on his brewery tour out in Cali. Needless to say I was very excited to try this little gem. I had had it once before on draught out at the Lagunitas Skunk Train Event off of a cold plate at a revelers camp site and remember it being phenomenal!

A - Poured into a Duvel glass it poured a thick but bubbly (was probably my fault in the pour) head that retained very well. Had a golden orange haze in color.

S - Smells of citrus and pine.

T - Nice hop presence, piney, grassy, orange with a mereinge creaminess. Abv potency is not very prevalent.

M - Mouthfeel is rather creamy, I actually expected more body.

O -Although this beer is really very delicious, I think the hype has spoiled my impression. I remember it much better than this, although my first taste was on draught at the Lagunitas Skunk Train tail gate which you know may have leant some environment pluses to the impression. Hope I don't sound like a downer. I really enjoyed it!

Thank Pete!

Coleybeerman, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of schoun
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

schoun, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had Pliny The Elder on-tap at the Neighborhood in San Diego.
Crystal clear golden-orange color with a nice one finger head that dissipated fairly slowly.
Aroma and taste live up to all the hype. Lots of tropical fruit in the nose; grapefruit, citrus and pine with some mango.
Perfect balance of hop twang and malts. Words don't do enough justice to this fantastic brew. Tastes almost like freshly squeezed hop juice, with just the right amount of bitterness balanced with sweetness. Lots of lacing along the insides of the pint glass.
Very easy to drink considering it is 8% alcohol by volume.
One of the best DIPA's that I have had....period.
Glad I was finally able to try it and experience the hype.
Definitely worth a try and highly, highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Apr 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Number3red, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

justiceavocado, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Jase2280
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Jase2280, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Donsmitty, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub, served in a pint glass
A: Golden orange, 1/2 finger head
S: Pine, citrus rind and a bit of malt. Hop-forward but balanced.
T: In a word: wow. Huge hops featuring pine and citrus, but also a malt backbone. The hops really let you know they're there, but aren't overpowering, and the rest of the beer comes through in balance making for a really tasty drink.
M: Gives you a hop kick but overall is medium-bodied with pleasant carbonation and integrated malt/alcohol.
O: This definitely lives up to its reputation, and being from Ohio where it's unfortunately not distributed, I picked up a couple bottles to fly back with me. Truly an epic beer.

ONUMello, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

gfx, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Neog
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Neog, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of j_jahn
5/5  rDev +7.5%

j_jahn, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Riggsy
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Riggsy, Apr 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BethelLight, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of ckcanady
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Golden orange with medium density sticky head.

S- Smells piney, grassy and earthy with a slight citrus undertone.

T- Nice hoppy profile. It is piney, grassy, earthy. It is well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. I believe that an English yeast is used?... nutty and earthy. and a consistent orange citrus flavor

M- Medium-full body. Good carbonation bit. A well rounded bitterness.

O- A shining example of an imperial IPA. It is well balanced yet hoppy. Earthy yet heavenly. Truely a tale that deserves a spot in history!

ckcanady, Apr 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

od_sf, Apr 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

capy316, Apr 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

sanitysessions, Apr 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

egrace84, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Yoda22
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhh the holy grail of IPA's, finally a chance to try. Poured from 500ml bottle into large pilsner glass. This is pretty fresh as it was bottle last month.

A- Pours a mostly clear light orange with 2 fingers of frothy white head that sticks around pretty long. Good lacing.

S- I think I died and went to hop heaven. There is at a minimum some floral, citrus and pine character all in one. There is also some sweetness which may be the hops delivering some passion fruit type aroma? Could be malt also but with the amount of hops in here i'm guessing hops. Can't ask for more awesomeness.

T- Such complex balance and taste. I don't think any description I can conjure up will do it justice, but i'll try. The hop character definitely dominates throughout; more balanced early and mid with a little more lingering bitterness late that hangs around for a long time. The taste does not hit you with all citrus or all pine or any one thing in excess; it's just this insane blend of so many different things (balanced out so very nicely by the malt). But I guess it leans closer to citrus/mango/grapefruit/passion fruit type flavor than anything else.

M- A pretty perfect medium body and low to medium carbonation. Not much prickly sensation from the hops (how is that possible!?) and coats your mouth like a warm hoppy blanket (you like that right?).

O- Not much I can add other than to say it's definitely one of the best beers i've tasted. I knocked off a tiny .5 from appearance because i've seen beers with a little better head retention and lacing, and I took off a tiny .5 from taste because I like a little more piney hop character like Lagunitas frequently includes; but this is a top notch beer that all hop heads should enjoy one time or another.

Yoda22, Apr 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

kyager2000, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Thecherryman, Apr 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

bvdubn, Apr 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14%

markasparov, Apr 26, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,831 ratings.