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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,179
Reviews: 3,227
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 5,163
Gots: 2,012 | FT: 63
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%

kylep3, Feb 28, 2012
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jhight5150, Feb 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -57%

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40ontarget, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

jtosch, Feb 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

alwaysplayin, Feb 27, 2012
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durrrr, Feb 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

ewhitford, Feb 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of OTB
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up some fresh bottles Friday along with some Blind Pig. Pours a beautiful light orange with a perfect creamy white head. The nose is very fresh, hops and citrus in perfect balance. The flavor follows on key,bitter hops off set by gorgeous grapefruit and tangerine flavors. The mouth is very clean, a balancing act of weight and crispness, perfect. Another great batch of Pliny.


OTB, Feb 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

CEDAMA, Feb 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

iL0VEbeer, Feb 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

gjarvis, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

notalumberjack, Feb 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

steamboatbrewer, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

nkeckhar, Feb 25, 2012
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FlyingYeti, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

rfranklin7, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

GripitandSipit, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of evilkalla
4.98/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this at the Total Wine and Liquor in Tustin, CA. They had ONE case and it was ONE bottle per customer.

Serving: Bottle into a tall glass.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow/amber color with an inch and a half of fairly thick head. Has a medium level of carbonation. Very attractive beer.

S: Piney, citrously, luscious. Smells incredibly fresh. Amazing.

T: Perfectly balanced in every respect. Has the perfect ratio of hops to malt, and no flavors are out of place. Bitterness lingers for just the right amount of time. Absolutely spectacular.

M: Has a fairly thick, heavy feel on the mouth. Great.

O: I never thought I would get to try this, but as luck would have it, I scored one. Definitely lives up to the hype. Absolutely fantastic beer.

evilkalla, Feb 25, 2012
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4.44/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tuilip snifter.

Poured a dark gold completely see-through color with a slight reddish tint. Produced a finger thick head and left some nice lacing.

Smelled of fresh hops - like just picked fresh. Also detected some crystallized sugar scents.

Tastes incredible. Perfect blend of sweetness/bitter. Very "fresh" tasting, as though it was brewed right into my glass. Perfect amount of bitterness, not quite as hoppy as many other DIPAs but awesome nonetheless.

Mouthfeel was spot on. Perfectly balanced with the flavors.

Overall this beer is world-class. It isn't ranked so highliy for no reason! Well balanced, delicious taste, one of those beers that you just want to keep drinking forever. Having a limited supply of Pliny is probably a good thing, because I would likely drink this daily if possible. Easily in my top 3 DIPAs, falling just slightly short of Heady Topper.

TWStandley, Feb 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

seanmugs, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Swuntly
4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottle dated 2-6-12

A - Pours a clear golden orange. 2 fingers of amazing fluffy eggshell white head linger around while leaving nice sticky lacing. amazing looking beer. 4.5

S - Pure tropical citrus up font, with pineapple, mango and passionfruit. Grass and pine is in there too, and the slightest hint of bready malt as well. 5

T - Pineapple and grapefruit right upfront, followed by freshly cut grass. Malt comes through on the back end, with just a bit of lasting hop bitterness. Very drinkable as the alcohol is completely hidden. 5

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Slightly resinous feeling coats the mouth. 4

O - Definitely a beer that should be sought after by IPA lovers, Elder is very drinkable and highly hopped. 4.5

Swuntly, Feb 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

yankeefan287, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14%

mz3frs, Feb 22, 2012
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,179 ratings.