Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,450
Reviews: 3,257
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 5,335
Gots: 2,141 | FT: 66
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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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper golden color with a huge, fluffy, white head. The head seems to have a life of it's own and taunts the would be consumer with contempt. It's like a watched pot that never boils. I've never seen a head retain so well. You think you're taunting me beer? Well, guess what, I'm reviewing you on BA, so I've got time. In keeping with the theme of this weekend past, the bouquet is as if a golfer at Augusta National had missed the fairway and ended up in the pine straw. While he waited for his partner to hit his ball, he dropped the big, juicy grapefruit he was eating into the pine straw. Hints of biscut malt come through as well. The mouthfeel is nearly perfect for this style. The oilyness is very pleasing and complimentary to the flavor/aroma. This is a masterfully balanced IPA. Everything works together to deliver a whole-is-greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts experience. It not only involves, it demands the attention of your sight, olfactory, taste, and tactile senses. Pine up front, then some orange citrus, and finishes with some grapefruit. Just a wonderful beer.

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

Poured from a bottle

A: Hazy gold with a fluffy white head.

S: Lots of hops! Pine and citrus are the most dominating, ripe pineapple, tropical fruits, some grapefruit coming through as the beer warms.

T: Citrus, lemon, pine, pineapple, nice balanced sweetness from the malt. The hops really come out in the finish.

M: Oily and slick, lots of resinous hop flavors.

O: Easily one the best DIPA I've ever tried. The big pine and citrus flavors that come through are fantastic and mouthwatering. I might just have to make a pilgrimage to Santa Rosa...

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

Big props goes to thecheapies for hooking me up with a bottle. Bottle dated 032012 and poured in to a Duvel tulip.

Two finger fluffy off-white head protruded above the glass. Settled in to one finger of pillowy foam. Left some minor sticky lacing. Very nice golden color.

Dank, skunky, resinous, piney and citrusy hops. I did catch a little bit of malt at times, but this beer is obviously all about the hops. The smell reminded me of certain activities that I used to take part in while in college *nudge nudge*

Very nice citrus an pine bitterness. An earthy and grassy taste emerges near the end with VERY minor sweet malt for the finish. The bitterness lingers for a while. Absolutely delicious.

Very bubbly, but also smooth. Leaves that nice resin feeling in your mouth. Very clean.

I made sure to try to look at this from the style standpoint and not the exclusivity of the product. This is one fantastic beer. The last time that I felt this way about a beer was the first time that I had Nugget Nectar. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

Kudos to you, Russian River.

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

Bottled on 7 March 2012

A: amberish-orange color, nice frothy head, unfortunately lots of tiny particles in suspension, I had to look at the bottling date twice to see if this wasn't old (as in 6+ months), very unusual with particles, would have received 5 except for particles
S: full nose, strong piney hops and grapefruit
T: very good DIPA, well-balanced with strong hops and good malt backbone
M: creamy, smacks of hops, very easy drinking for ABV
O: all-in-all a very good DIPA, only unusual aspect is all the particles in suspension, weird for such a fresh beer

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

Picked up a bottle about 20 minutes ago, in Orange County. Bottle date 03-20-12. Fresh. First review for this, but i've had it before many times. Message me if you need help getting some, because we have it every week at several places down here.


Appearance: Darker, clear, almost syrupy looking IPA. So darker is implying a almost golden like green yellow. When tilted and looked at along the edges, i've noticed a green tinge to it.

Smell: If you want that specific Pliny smell thats like few others, then your going to love the smell. I think it's almost indescribable. But resin, hop buds, and a ton of skunk. I've heard it described as the beer that "stoners" would like because of it's intense skunkyness and resin like qualities, it's just hoppy goodness.

Taste: I do not know what the name is of the main hop that I can taste in Pliny. But I think it's also used prominently in Avery's IPA's and a limited few others. Maybe simcoe I've been told. Anyway, It's amazingly resiny and floral, and lemon, and grapefruit (very small) but citrusy. (Ugh I just finished it :( haha).

Mouthfeel: I like the somewhat heavyness of it. It's *% so the alcohol is there. But at only 500 ml a bottle there's no fear of taking big sips. But they are sips. Chuging some sips, and I've done it, will ruin the nice slick smooth mouthfeel and you wont get the taste. I don't care if your not into IPA's, the mouthfeel will at worst make it seem like your drinking weak alchohol, it's that smooth. The brewing and carbonation are in perfect ratio every time I've tried it.

Get your hands on some. I'll help you out. It should be shared.

P.S. One of the best, no the best. And thats still saying so much.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,450 ratings.