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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,835 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,835
Reviews: 3,195
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 4,997
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 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
Photo of unclejazz
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
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

BlakeMatt, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of CaliHop82
4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had a fresh bottle of this bottled 1/19/2012. I drink this frequently and just thought I would quickly review my favorite beer.

A: A beautiful golden amber color with a nice white head and tons of lacing.

S: Probably one of the best smelling beer ever. Its a punch in the face and almost overwhelming on your first sniff. Hugh bold and pine hop aroma with hints of pineapple, pine, and floral scents.

T: A great DIPA that is balanced perfectly. The fruit and pine hit you upfront and bitterness lingers but still prefectly balance. Very refreshing with tons of flavors and a clean overall taste.

M: Crisp, fresh and probably the easiest drinkable DIPA.

O: This is truely my favorite DIPA and probably the freshest beer that I get. It is truely one of the best and I highly recommend to anyone.

CaliHop82, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

mchodge13, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Crystal clear, golden color, fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Tiny bubbles rush to the surface as you work your way through the glass.

Smell: Huge as expected, full of pine and citrus, grapefruit, resinous esters.

Taste: Delicious, big hoppy flavors, vivid and fresh. Alcohol completely hidden. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange, pith, pine, resins, very faint sharp and oniony note in the finish, good bitterness underneath that doesn’t overshadow all the other flavors. Minimal maltiness, just a touch of supporting caramel sweetness.

Mf: A little crisper and livelier in terms of carbonation in comparison with the draft version; also perhaps not quite as full and creamy. The bottled version is more right down the center in terms of body and carbonation. Goes down very smoothly.

Overall: Deserving of its status as the paragon of the style. So fresh and hoppy, so easy to put away. I prefer this beer on draft by a small margin but it’s certainly exceptional in the bottle as well. Doesn’t necessarily stand head and shoulders above a handful of other DIPAs but gets all the attention nonetheless. Hard to say anything is better at this level of brewing achievement, just slightly different. The best of Kern, Alpine, the Alchemist, etc. are on par but if you like IPAs and DIPAs this is not one to be missed.

tobelerone, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

beav19, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Bjeerfalls, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

BallBearings, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

BillHilly, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

jp110099, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14%

herrorara, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

chsherbie, Jan 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

phisherman11946, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14%

chalkfullof, Jan 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

brendan4532, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

ratty918, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of heelsn02
4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

scored a few bottles recently from ipa247. Jeff - you are the MAN. I still hate dook w/a passion, but you rock.

bottled on: 01.16.12. so fresh and so clean

poured 16oz. bottle into my Busy Bee Cafe tulip. let it sit out of my fridge for a good 30 minutes until pour. super lucid, apple juice-like color w/billowy white/off-white 2 finger head. head disperses very slow... lacing is just so-so

awesome nose. pinecones, pineapple, grapefruits, flower shop down the street from me. Sweetness & bitterness going on at the same time

taste... sharp bitterness initially... sweet gulp though. smooth going down. so damn drinkable is silly. man is this tasty.

carbonation for a DIPA is dead-on. borderline creamy mouthfeel; not too dry finish at all. great malt balance believe it or not.

makes me want to move to wine country. brings me back to about 5 years ago when my wife and I traveled to NorCal, bellied up at RR and tried PtE for the first time. great times in my life. thank you Jeff!

heelsn02, Jan 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

CummingsK21, Jan 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

eawolff99, Jan 30, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,835 ratings.