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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,869 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,869
Reviews: 3,362
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,765
Gots: 2,464 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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

It's hard not to penalize this one because it didnt quite live up to my unrealistic expectations but I tried to rate it on merit alone. I wont do a full review because i had it yesterday afternoon...It is an awesome beer no question. I was expecting life changing waves of flavor and it was more subtle balance. In the end if someone were to offer me a Pliny or a Dreadnaught I would kick them in the nuts and take both but if they were bigger than me and I had to pick one I would take Dreadnaught without a second thought.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a small white head that dissipates and leaves some nice lacing.
Strong citrus aroma, with some floral aromas, as well as pine and tropical fruits.
Tastes a bit like grapefruit and other citrus with a touch of pine and tropical fruit. Hops are up at the forefront, but not completely overpowering in bitterness. Surprisingly smooth in the mouth.

A delicious IPA, no doubt. Everyone should agree on that. However, I am going to say that it is not anything life changing, as some of the reviews might make you think. Slightly over-hyped, but still worth picking up.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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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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4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4.99 for 1 pint .90 fl oz
Bottled on 6/07/12

Poured from Bottle into Nonick Pint

Appearence: very nice 2 finger head, golden/yellow strawlike coloring with sort of an orange hue. nice co2

Aroma: Very citrus, dank, hop cone aroma straight in your face. some alcohol, maybe a sweet maltiness but the hops are certainly pronounced

Taste: Dank, bitter and sticky but very malt balanced. I Love it. even the combination of hop varietes is well balanced. Amazing.

Mouthfeel: Malty, then sticky and dry. Very crisp

Overall: Honestly I did not see what all the hype was about. This is blanced. Very Drinkable yet in your face with hops. Finely crafted and it well deserves its reputation.

+ Just to make it Clear. I am giving this Beer very good scores, which is unusual for me. This is not a " hop on the bandwagon " act. This beer is truely great. If you have never tried it. FIND IT!

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

There is quite a bit of hype surrounding this beer and it is nearly impossible to get on the East Coast. My tasting notes: Rich amber, slightly cloudy with medium carbonation. Strong piney hops on the nose. Tastes crisp and pleasantly bitter, very refreshing; not overpowering like many other American double IPAs. 8% alcohol, but very smooth, no strong fusel notes. Extremely well balanced with pine and citrus notes dominant. One if the best beers I've had in a long time. If we lived where this is distributed, Pliny would enjoy an honored place in the beer fridge. Salud!!

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,869 ratings.