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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,235
Reviews: 3,234
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 5,195
Gots: 2,035 | FT: 65
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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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

NEO68710, Jun 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Umby2K, Jun 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

kniretsew, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Momar42
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hand delivered from San Diego to here by my good friend Dan, with whom it was split. Bottle poured into two Duvel artist series tulips.

I was giddy for two days waiting to try this, here it goes:

A - Beautiful. Clear, straw colored, with a medium head that diminishes quickly leaving a nice bubbly froth.

S - Citrus, loads of it. Grapefruit abound. I could breathe this beer in all damn night. I swear I can hear something say, "Drink me!"

T - Taking the cure from the voices in my head, I draw my first mouthfull. Holy citrus Batman, its on the tongue too! The citrus punch of the hops energizes and vitalizes! The bitterness is never heavy surprisingly and finishes with a wonderful mild bitterness. Amazingly well balanced.

M - Creamy without being cloying at all. Smooth and clean finishing. I dare you to try and drink this one slowly. Perfect.

O - The hype is pretty damn high on PtE, thats for sure. But damned if it does not meet or exceed all my expectations. There are alot of great IPA/IIPA out there, but Pliny is the leader. There were repeated, "Wow", "Damn" and "Sh!t that's good" exclamations through the whole bottle. This stuff should come with a warning label: Caution - Highly addictive. You will be pissed that you dont have another bottle when you finish, trust me. Well done.

Momar42, Jun 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerNFixed, Jun 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Bobbak, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of RyanGoodman
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Brendan for bringing this surprise to an IPA tasting.

Love all the "drink me while i'm fresh" commandments on the label.

This beer was last in a 12 IPA tasting session. Had along with the likes of Racer 5, Hopslam, Hop Wallop, Hop-solutely, and Sculpin. I know that those aren't all in the exact same category, but PtE shined. I don't know if I can say it was the best according to my palate, but I loved it nonetheless. Everything I expected from this beer!

Obviously recommended, and want to try again!

RyanGoodman, Jun 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Rudy, Jun 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Kmccabe33, Jun 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

nharres, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of EdwardFortyHands
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bouquet is lovely and reminiscent of the best hoppy beer ever: Goose Island Imperial IPA (hallowed be his name)

Really like the strong taste, solid finish with just the right amount of hoppy finish.

A great example of an IPA but it is not strong or hoppy enonugh for my liking to be considered a Double IPA.

Will drink again!

EdwardFortyHands, Jun 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerForHokie, Jun 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

reto21, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

jborgschulte, Jun 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mwayne, Jun 10, 2012
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4.98/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served just below cellar temp->Melbourne Bros. Stemware
A~pours golden honey w/ spotty
lace, white head & very delicate carb

S~ big tropical notes w/ floral undertones w/
Hints of sweet honeysuckle. Gorgeous.

T~ tropicalia! Bright grapefruit w/ honeysuckle,
Green grass following, Guava & mild apricot finishing
Up w/ lush floral notes that are very harmonious.

M~ delicate w/ a strong substantial hop finish, but w/ a balance
Unmatched by any other iipa I have had. Dry & clean as all get out

D~ Superb in all aspect. A true finesse in the expression
of a I I P A. The price is right. Recommended.

chocosushi, Jun 10, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think the hype of Pliney may have affected my first impression. I excepted fireworks works would go off and Bob Barker would scream out telling my i won a brand new car. At first i felt Pliney seemed like an average beer, but after a few sips i realized how balanced and perfect this beer is.

davando, Jun 09, 2012
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tizride, Jun 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev -14%

TrumpetSpieler, Jun 08, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,235 ratings.