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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,665
Reviews: 3,308
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,584
Gots: 2,314 | FT: 74
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A Nice color and white cap lacing.

S Pliney is very piney and bursting with citrus and floral aromas. Its like a christmas tree in a glass.

T Taste matching smell for the most part. The definition of crafted beer. Nice bitter bite with a creamy finish.

M Good consistency and drinkability with each sip. Not too thin.

O Def among the best ipa's out there.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heard from the Newman at Olive Tree Market that these were coming in for the weekend so I was on the lookout - scored the last 2 bottles from Baron's Market for $5.99 each and poured them into a Thirsty Bear branded .5 liter glass.

A: Pours a super clean light copper / straw-like hue with a fat white head that sticks around for a few pulls leaving ridiculous amounts of lacing from start to finish.

S: Whiffs of fresh cut ganja, grapefruit rinds, dried hay, a hint of carmel malt, light alcohol and black peppercorn finish.

T: On point with the nose - classic Cali flavors in this one - big time floral ganja goodness, bitter white grapefruit, just enough sweetness from the light maltiness to round it out nicely, letting the hop run the show - as it should! Finishing extremely clean overall aided by the fresh water sources from the area.

M: Legit medium bodied ale with light carbonation that lends to the creaminess of this one nicely - bitter hop oils linger for days and coat the palate nicely with the perfect hop blend.

Top tier IPA or imperial IPA (depending on who you ask) - tastes better and much easier drinking than most "DIPA's/Imperial IPA's". Definitely one of my favorite IPA's from this fine state!

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mrsiefker
4.23/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, just enough hoppyness to get a great after taste. I would recomend this beer to anyone who is into IPA's or even just starting to venture into IPA beers. This beer is on this strong side of ABV so beware , it might go down smooth but will creep up on you.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mostly clear, yellowish orange with a nice white head. Nice lacing down the glass. A very pretty beer.

Piney, citrusy, grapefruit, a fruity hop explosion, followed by some light malts. Quite an amazing bouquet - very enticing.

Everything I got from the smell and then some. The flavors change throughout the sip, but never head in the wrong direction. Super refreshing and perfectly blended hop profile with just a light malt backbone. No alcohol really detected, despite the size. Just the right amount of bitterness to be interesting, but not wrecking my palate.

Moderate body with just the perfect amount of carbonation to cut through it and keep it refreshing. Smooth and a little creamy.

I get this one whenever I can, and thankfully, it is plentiful where I live. I've yet to find one better than this, and I've had quite a few great ones in the last year (some of my favorites being from homebrewers). True perfection, and worth all the hype, in my opinion. Perfect example of West Coast hoppy IPA's.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,665 ratings.