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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,840 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,840
Reviews: 3,354
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,740
Gots: 2,446 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lucked out when a friend of a friend brought 12 bottles of PTE back from Colorado. I tried not to let the hype take over when I poured it into a heavy pint glass.

This beer is beautiful - clear golden honey with a lingering tight white two-finger head. The lace is a fine curtain marking each sip, just the way I like it.

Very piney and grapefruit rind-like aroma. I can pick up minimally lemon grass and pale malt.

Flavorful and well balanced - grapefruit, lemon, sticky bun, and bitters towards the end. Not blown away, but very good, indeed.

Medium sticky and smooth feel. More creamy than most DIPAs I've had. Perfect.

Overall, an excellent DIPA. An idol worthy of hophead worship.

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge 2 fingers worth of head retention, a nice sharp golden color with high transparency. Retention is great with huge lacing. Thin film remains

S: enormous piney hoops with a secondary grassy hop note. This is well complemented by grapefruit, pineapple and mango character along with orange peel notes, alcohol is completely hidden. This is one of the more amazing smelling IPA beers

T: Well deserving of the hype and a huge hop lovers dream. Huge piney hops well complemented by a grapefruit character with a slight touch of honey (not quite as much honey as the Hopslam though). I also get touches of pineapple and mango. Alcohol starts to come out just a touch but its enjoyable.

M: Very light on the tongue and a bitterness sits at the back of the molars.

O: An awesome brew well deserving of the hype. I personally find Hopslam a touch more appealing due to the honey character. wish i could get this at store level in the Midwest...asking price (via trade) is too high for me. 90 minute or Alpha King will be a fine substitute for now.

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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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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally able to try this in Santa Rosa at the RR brew pub on 7/20/14.

Pours a lovely golden yellow with a lingering head. Smells of pine, tastes of pine and sticky resin. Very dry, not sweet at all. Dangerously drinkable.

One of my favorite beers ever.

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

Bottled on 5-31-12. Picked up at the Brewery along with all the other "Russian River to go" beers.
An aggressive pour into a Tulip Glass.

A- Pours a mildly hazy perfect golden color with 3 fingers of thick, almost creamy white head that is sticking around a while, and leaving amazing lacing on the glass.

S- Getting lots of grapefruit, floral hoppy notes, plenty of fresh pine, and tropical fruits. Smells great.

T- Extremely balanced for a DIPA. Not near as bitter as some of the other options out there. It follows nose well with the bitterness of grapefruit, but the fresh sweet tropical fruit tastes of mango, and passion fruit. Crisp and refreshing.

M- Not as thick as some other DIPA's, which gives it it's very easy drinkablity. It's hard not to just gulp it down, being so perfectly balanced, and refreshing. Perfect amount of carbonation.

O- Lives up to the hype. At first glance it would seem like this is hard to get, but I'm sure at around 5 bucks a bottle at the brewery there are some BA's out there willing to spread the wealth and let others enjoy it. Seek this one out.

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of mgp2675
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/25/12

A- Poured into my Westbrook pint glass, blonde-amber in color. It has a really nice head on it, though I did somewhat of a rigorous pour. Lots of notable carbonation and bubbles sticking to the glass.

S- Like any good DIPA, Pliny has a great aroma. Of course it has that hoppy, piney smell to it that I was expecting, but it has lots of grapefruit aromas in there, some citrus like lemon or orange, pineapple, even a hint of mango.

T- Still bitter and hoppy the way you want it, but all of those smells in the aroma work well with the taste. More and more grapefruit and citrus with a bitter orange aftertaste.

M- Lots of bubbles on the tongue, helped this beer go down smooth.

O- This is my third favorite IPA, behind Citra and of course Heady Topper. I never get tired of this though, it definitely lives up to the hype and worth trading for if you've never had it. I can't wait to try Younger one day.

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4.62/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark golden with 2 finger white head that stays. Bottle is very adamant about drinking this beer fresh.

Smell: Lots of citrus/grapefruit notes.

Taste: Citrus upfront with a floral aftertaste, some honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A damn good IPA. Nothing flashy, but very well made and drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,840 ratings.