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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,654 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,654
Reviews: 3,307
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,575
Gots: 2,306 | FT: 73
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gift package from a friend in San Fran. Was included with some other Russian River brews.

Appearance: What you'd expect.

Smell: Citrus, floral, lemon: terrific to the nose

Taste: Smooth and Balance is what was so remarkable about this beer. I was pumped to try this beer. Over hyped can really hurt sometimes, simply due to letdown.
The Elder carried a very refreshing citrus, floral and hop taste that started early and carried all the way through.
Nothing overpowering at all (Im used to FFF ) but the consistency of GREAT taste made me crave more. Which sucks when you only have 1 bottle.

MouthFeel: Like a great IPA

Overall: I rank this as one of the best beers I have had. I can't comment enough on how balanced and consistent this beer was.
Great, and I mean great flavor from start to finish.

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4.41/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't care less for the appearance of any beer. I take that back. If it looks like chunky Kombucha I may have an issue.

I try to always drink this with a nice cheese. So delicious!

It is a well balanced beer that is difficult to explain. I have had non IPA people try it and they loved it.

Flowers and grapefruit with little to no malt.

I have had this beer both on tap and in bottles and have found no difference.

There was one time when I did get a few bottles and it was way below par. It must have been a bad batch. it wasn't old since I bought it the day the truck delivered it.

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4.15/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pliny the Elder (bottled 3/19/12) poured into an etched Allagash cervoise, consumed on 4/9/12. Big up Travis for this gem! And Finch the beer guy in Huntington beach!

A- Crystal clear, light amber hue. Big beautiful white head with decent retention but only some minimal spotty lacing.

S- Out of the neck of the bottle it smells like sweet peaches. Once poured, sweet juicy tropical fruits (mango, pineapple). Then comes some pine and sweet malt. Smells fantastic, straight nectar!

T- Incredibly balanced. Only moderately bitter. Piney hops that linger with plenty of malt to back them up. Big flavor but easy drinking for 8% ABV.

M- Full, creamy mouthfeel.

O- Incredible beer but the taste was a slight letdown after the complex initial aromas. Still one of the best DIPAs I've had. A little too balanced for my personal taste, I prefer an onslaught of hops paired with a minimal amount of defenseless malt in this particular style. Nevertheless, you can bet I savored the last drop.

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4.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass. bottled 08-25-10. (big thanks to my wife for fetching the long awaited PtE from california.)

pours an amber/golden yellow with a touch of haze and maybe a finger and a half of creamy white head; moderate retention and lacing.

the nose is, in a word, wow. hands down the best smelling DIPA i've ever whiffed. big, bold piney hops followed by potent citrus - notably grapefruit, a bit of lemon zest - and a few floral notes round out the stellar bouquet. the archetype of how a DIPA should smell.

more of the same characteristics from the aroma pull through in the taste. tons of pine, grapefruit, orange, and a little malt to give it a bit of balance. a bitter hoppy finish. delicious. not quite the mind-blowing flavor profile the hype (or the nose) led me to believe it might be - not sure *anything* could substantiate that amount of buildup (especially for an east coast guy) - but a complex and really flavorful beer. alcohol presence is practically nonexistent; they don't make 'em much better than this. medium bodied, moderately carbed. definitely a treat.

original review on: 09-08-2010

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/3/12.

A: Golden-yellow with a bubbly, white head. Bubbles rise but it has a strange jello-like consistency with some bubbles suspended without moving.

S: Huge, fruity hops.

T: Big, delicious, juicy hops. Not complex but beautifully simple.

M: Smooth, sweet, hoppy. Perfect for the style.

O: Lives up to the hype? Yes. It's really that damn good.

Edit: This was not intentional, but it was my 300th review! A very apropos review, indeed.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange color with a white head, which after a minute settles into an almost clear appearance. The aroma is full of citrus, some floral notes, and some sweet notes like tangerine/orange, nice and crisp, mostly hops in the nose. The taste is pretty amazing, some of the bitterness can be strong on the first taste but once the malts catch up on the tongue, by the second taste it settles in to be incredibly balanced with sweetness. The malts are nice and caramally (is that a word?) with maybe some breadiness to them. The hops are strong in citrus flavor. The body of the beer falls pretty inline with other double IPAs as a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

The balance between hops & malts is really key with this beer, then coupled with the incredible aroma, this beer really stands out as one of the best.

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,654 ratings.