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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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12,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,036
Reviews: 3,399
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,935
Gots: 2,598 | FT: 85
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Ratings: 12,036 | Reviews: 3,399
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on Date: 07/25/2012

This beer is just over a month old, so hopefully it is still fresh ;-) Pours a clear golden orange, with a hint of red highlights if held in the right light. The aroma is primarily lightly caramelized sugar and some grapefruit rind. There is also a hint of mint. The taste begins with a huge candied apricot flavor. Next is a dry table water cracker malt middle. The finale is an herbal, super citrusy toungue wrench... In a good way of course. Every few sips you get a burst of super sweet pineapple in the beginning. Mouthfeel is rich, despite how dry a DIPA this is. Overall an exceptional DIPA. I will say that Pliny the Elder is not my personal favorite DIPA, however, its not surprising to see it ranked so highly. You really can't go wrong here.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottled 3/5/13.

A: Bright copper/golden color with a striking clarity. Three fingers of creamy, eggshell-white head retains very well. Lacing Is spotty. easily one of the best looking IPAs out there.

S: Fresh hop bouquet of mango, melon, pineapple, white grapefruit, and a slew of other tropical fruits. Somewhat dank. Oily, leafy, herbal edge. Aromatic pine needles. Just the slightest whiff of a shortbread/biscuit malt base.

T: Pine up front. Spicy, herbal, and leafy as well. Gripping, oily bitterness. Hemp seed. Bitter grapefruit. Bursts of mandarin orange, mango, and other tropical fruits. Very well-hidden alcohol presence carries tropical esters of pineapple and star fruit with it. Peppery. The malt base is barely a factor, with just a slight taste of toasted biscuit coming through. The finish is all hops, and the gripping spicy, herbal hop oils don't want to let go.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and full-ish. A restrained stroke of prickling carbonation supports nicely. Very smooth. Great.

O: When talking about West Coast IPAs and DIPAs, this is the standard to which all are measured. Rightfully so. It's pretty much perfect from stem to stern. An extremely well-crafted beer, and one that can scratch that hop itch like no other.

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A- Pours a clear gold with a huge foamy head. The head sticks around for a while and never really goes away.

S- It's a huge piney hop smell. I could smell it when it a couple of feet away away. It's like I'm walking though a pine forest.

T- A huge hoppy bitter taste I was however expecting more from the way it smelled. I think it is a wonderful bloom as it sits on the tongue.

M- Thick body with a wonderful smoothness mixed with the carbonation.

O- Some really great things are happening with this beer and it is one of the top IPAs I have had, but the rumors of the greatness have disappointed. I can't believe that Zombie Dust doesn't have a better score than this, but thats life. I think I will have a zombie dust right now.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,036 ratings.