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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

10,628 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,628
Reviews: 3,179
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,902
Gots: 1,796 | FT: 58
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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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of fvernon
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprise extra from Nataku00... thanks much! Bottled 1/3/12, poured on 2/5/12 - about as fresh as I can hope for in Indiana. Poured into a Deschutes tulip.

It pours a clear goldenrod and clover honey yellow with thick white head sticking to the sides of the glass. Candied ruby red grapefruit and fresh pine sap meets the nose, along with backgrounds of lemon and orange. Not overpowering, but well balanced hops.

The initial sip is more pine-forward than citrus, and although its possible to tell what even a month has done, this is still excellent. The flavors of spring shoots from a lodgepole pine, candied grapefruit rind, and blood orange combine - but are not too strong - to make a sublime drink.

Mouthfeel is coating but not cloyingly sweet, just a little burn at the back of the tongue, and enough to let you know you're having more than a simple ipa.

fvernon, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of DrWalterWhite
5/5  rDev +7.5%

DrWalterWhite, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

stbo101, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

meich75, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

prender1482, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

sd123, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

texasclimber, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Steggun, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

beerbitz, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

DaBubs, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Hessian257, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of nmbr0ne
4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

Appearance: Goldenrod body with thick, white head that slowly dissipates to a pattern of rings on the top of the beer. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. Great retention. Clear enough to give a good view of the carbonation bubbles that are racing to the top.

Smell: Citrusy, flowery, grapefruit, lemons, pine. Phenomenal smell.

Taste: Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and pine throughout the entire sip. Slightest sweet flavor in the front that is dominated by a lingering bitter finish. I would go as far as saying it may be too bitter towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing. The epitome of drinkability. It's a light beer in my opinion with plenty of carbonation. An everyday beer.

Overall: Definitely in my top two DIPA's. It's an unbelievable brew that I would go to great lengths to get. If it was available, I could drink this everyday. Pliny in my right hand, Heady Topper in my left.

nmbr0ne, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

dudeabides76, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

tigrstylz, Feb 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

juliusseizure, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -35.5%

binnes, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of NiceTaps
4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. I removed the bottle from the fridge and let it sit for a bit before drinking.

A- hazy golden orange color that is both light and colorful at once. There are bubbles dancing in this opus. Mega head, almost white. The head melts to a thin layer leaving sticky rings of lacing.

S-Not only do I smell pine, I smell fresh pine sap from a pine tree basting in summer morning dew. Floral and citrus notes round out the scent. The aroma of alcohol is present.


T-Pine and citrus, maybe lemon and grapefruit, very understated yet so flavorful. There is just a bit of malt to balance the flavors. Abundant flavors disguise its alcohol content.

M-Smooth as silk.It's carbonated, not fizzy, It's refreshing and hearty, not thin or heavy.
Drinkable and just right, no alcohol burn[at 8% abv!!!].


O-Perfectly balanced, a beautiful brew. I love American IPAs, this is an epitome of the style.

NiceTaps, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/3/2012. What better way to celebrate a 4 day weekend and starting a great beer weekend (EBF) with some Pliny The Elder.

A - Pours a beautiful golden color with a thick head that dissipates to a thin layer with very nice lacing.

S - Nice, strong hop notes, mostly pine but with some citrus present. The scent lingers and is almost sticky. This is how I want IPAs to smell.

T - Pine, citrus, slightly lemony. Great hop flavors with a well-balanced bitterness. Slightly sweet from the malts. Extremely well-crafted.

M - Medium-bodied, smooth and drinkable, a little oily in the mouthfeel from the hops. All it should be in the mouthfeel.

O - Pliny the Elder is simply the greatest DIPA I've ever had. This is my fourth time and it gets better every time. When will Russian River come to the DC area!?

WMEugene, Feb 03, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to animortician for this one.

Bottled 1/16/12 poured into a crystal goblet. Served with seared white sea bass, sweet/red skin mashed potatoes, and steamed cauliflower and brocoli.

A-sharp golden clear body with a 2 finger head that disappears but has a steady carbonation.

S-so very pure: pine, grapefruit, lemon peel, sunflower.

T-straight and to the point. Just a tad boozy, but not cloying to the overall flavor.

M-zesty and crisp at the same time. This is a benchmark for DIPA mouthfeel. There, I said it.

O-in.a world where breweries are striving to the unique "lightning in a bottle" one off, this beer truly lays down the gauntlet and challenges any other beer to do it better. Still curious to see how Abrasive and Heady Topper stand up to this bad boy.

unclejazz, Feb 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

ejw127, Feb 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

DrHoptagon, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

beermeX2, Feb 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

xxcarpxx, Feb 02, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,628 ratings.