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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,498 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,498
Reviews: 3,166
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,840
Gots: 1,740 | FT: 57
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%

JustinOSU99, Dec 11, 2011
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bentreen, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -14%

ElGigante, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Poured a pale golden - orange color. Got a perfect amount of head resting on top, that had no intention of going away. Fair amount of lacing as you empty your glass.

S: Smells extremely hoppy, with a followup of citrus.

T: ||Not even close to as bitter as I expected from a double IPA, very very smooth and easy to drink. Honestly if there is one thing this brew could benefit from it would be a hint more bitterness. Its pretty fruit forward (to borrow a term from my wino friends) and you can really taste the malt.

M: Very light on the mouth. Doesn't make you feel like you're trying to chug syrup. Easily the creamiest/lightest IPA I've had to date.

O: If I had easy access to this brew and the funds to do so, it would be my one and only. I was so excited when I finally got my bottle, and I was in no way disappointed, I can not wait to get more.

Serving Type: Bottle

Tearik, Dec 10, 2011
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sespourteille, Dec 10, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -3.9%

On tap at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver.

A: Clear golden amber. White two-finger head resolves quickly but leaves an excellent lacing.

S: Hop oils, grassy, with some floral and fruity undertones. Hints of grapefruit, pine, citrus. Nowhere near as strong or as citrusy as the Heady Topper, but still excellent.

T: Just like it smells. Starts off bitter with hop oils, grassy, fruity undertones, pine; finishes off crisp with a bit more malt. Alcohol is well masked.

M: Crisp, with perfect carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Bitterness doesn't linger much.

O: I wouldn't say this beer lived up to the hype or to its $7 price tag, but it is to date one of the best DIPAs I've had. I would definitely buy again, but for the price I would say there are some other beers out there that are a better choice.

tylerprince, Dec 10, 2011
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BraatenBrew, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

The cap came off and I was treated to what I can only describe as heaven in a bottle. No other beer has ever had such a wonderful aroma to me as Pliny. I poured this magnificent brew into a sniffer glass and was rewarded with a medium golden colored brew that gave a fingers worth of fluffy white head and good lacing. The well balanced aroma's of citrus, grass and pine pleasantly greet your nose. The taste is amazing, the crispness of citrus was perfectly balanced with a strong malt backbone that left a slightly sharp aftertaste on the tongue. Despite having a relatively high IBU count and above average ABV, this beer is extremely drinkable. I can't help but think, this is the perfect DIPA!

Topher78, Dec 09, 2011
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cLin, Dec 09, 2011
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,498 ratings.