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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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11,880 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,880
Reviews: 3,364
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,791
Gots: 2,477 | FT: 80
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%

Photo of zachary80
3.63/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bells tulip. Driven back from Denver in a cooler. Bottled 9/10/12

Pours a light golden/honey body with a pure white head. Head mostly fades to leave nice white lacing.

Aroma is sweet honey, slight spicy hop kick, light fruity pine. A little weak for a DIPA but pleasant

Flavor is significantly lighter than I expected. Floral and citrus flavor is short lived. Lingering bitterness is low and somewhat sneaks up.

Mouthfeel is light but pleasant, with some surprising alcohol heat.

Overall not one of my most favorite DIPAs, as a strong IPA it would have too much heat and still be lacking a complexity of flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Tarheel4985 for this bottle. 500 ml poured into a snifter. Very excited to try this beer.

A - good looking, lighter than expected. The foam is viscous on the sides and carbonated in the middle. It looks pretty standard, not necessarily unique.

S - woo baby. Lots of citrus, particularly oranges. The hops smell very sweet, with plenty of floral, bittery undertones.

T - not nearly as sweet as it smells, but delicious in all sorts of different ways. The orange goes from sweet in the smell to biting in the taste, like the peel rather than the meat. The alcohol plays a perfect role, somewhere right in the middle, not too prominent but not ephemeral enough to disappear completely.

M - also good. Perfect amount of carbonation helps this beer go down great. Readable beginning, middle, and end, just like any good IPA.

O - very good beer, I'll definitely get it again if I have the opportunity. Maybe not worth the hyperbole, but still very solid and tasty.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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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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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Poured from a bottle into a large tulip glass, I first enjoyed this perfection in the Rocky Mountains of Denver, CO. I've never tasted anything like it. On top of the floral hops are hints of grapefruit and mango, so impeccably balanced one has to wonder what the secret is. I've heard that Heady Topper is superior so I put them head-to-head one night - pfffft, not even close, but to each his own.

It should be noted (and expected, I suppose) that the closer to the bottling date you have it, the better it is. I've had it fresh and couldn't even tell it was an IPA; it was in a category of it's own. Much more IPA-like after it sits for a few months.

To date, Pliny the Elder is the best beer I've ever had. Just do yourself a favor and make it happen, and try to drink it fresh.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,880 ratings.