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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,815 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,815
Reviews: 3,194
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 4,995
Gots: 1,878 | 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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5/5  rDev +7.5%

DWolf, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

mettkea, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

dbelcher5761, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

DCRA, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

thegingninj, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -24.7%

sgent487, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

dogbones, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drunk and reviewed 12/29/11. 500 mL bottle dated 12/02/11 into a grand Bordeaux wine glass. Thank you RBassSFHOPit2ME for the bottle, it's much appreciated.

A: nice bright light orange color, good clarity, frothy white head with about a finger's worth and good lacing, great retention.

S: great hoppy bouquet of pine, citrus, salt and pepper, also get a little breadiness behind the hops. Fantastic nose, solid IPA.

T: quite good. bitter citrusy hops up front that tone down mid-palate and then bitterness returns at the aftertaste leaving a very refreshing feeling. Definitely get some light hints of orange zest, pine, and grass.

M: solid, light bodied, not a lot of carbonation adds to a bit of smoothness over crispness.

O: This is a great IPA. I would compare it to Maine Beer Co. Lunch--which has similar taste profile but is unfiltered and I think has a better mouthfeel. These two are the best I've had. It goes without saying that Pliny the Elder is a highly recommended beer. I wish it were available in ME.

beerbiatchMD, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

JLow, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of icepik
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden color, clear, light head, not much lacing.

S: Mostly piney hop smell, not too much malt in the nose, very clean hop aroma.

T: Pine hop aroma carries over into the taste, nice hop bite at the finish. Very well balanced with the malt, even tastes a bit light considering the alcohol strength of this beer (hides strength well, not boozy at all).

M: Very clean, again, almost “thin” considering the strength, but that is a plus. Does not overwhelm the palate, very smooth.

O: Deserves the reputation it has. Sets the style for the “classic” west coast DIPA.

icepik, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

twohearteddean, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

jwalden, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

ChefHopMeister, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

edaleyeah, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

havok1024, Dec 29, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 11/21/11...poured from bottle into a tulip

Big straw yellow pour with a bulled laced head. Thick and pillow-like. Great retention. Carbonation appears healthy and strong.

Floral hops upfront followed by piney, bittering hops. Plenty of sticky sweetness and resiny bitterness. Simply stunning balance. Citrus and tropical aromas intertwine throughout.

Grapefruit, pineapple and pine resin burst on the palate. Piney hops and resin are backed by a subtle honey sweetness. Good bitterness and depth. A well-balanced and flat out delicious flavor profile.

Soft and silky mouthfeel with some creaminess. Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Smooth and easy to drink. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn that slightly hinders the drinkability.

Pliny certainly lives up to its high praise. One of the more balanced and spectacular hop profiles that I've tasted in a beer. Just make sure to drink it as fresh as possible to get the optimal drinking experiences that this beer affords. Well worth trading for if you don't live in Cali.

dgugliuzza, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

liamomalley, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Beerdius, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed on tap at Cafe Citti in Kenwood, CA.

A: In my opinion, the perfect color for an IPA - light golden, indicating that Hops will be the focus and malt will reside in the background.

S: Awesomely fresh, bright, citrusy, tropical. All the common scents you've come to know well as the definition of a West Coast IPA.

T: Very smooth. Good amount of bitterness to keep you coming back for more.

M: Good level of carbonation.

O: The gold standard for Double IPAs and it's worth seeking out and drinking whenever you have the chance. So easy to drink, such good flavor.

regsucks, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

fiveiron83321, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -14%

LambicKing, Dec 28, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not going into details because it has been done in the other million reviews, but I will say that I feel this may have deserved its 100. Its hard for me to rate an IPA after having so many but my first drink made me literally say "Oh my God" out loud. and I didn't want to take my last drink because that meant it would be over. That seems like something that deserves a 100. Awesome. Just awesome.

DonDirkA, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

hurfer, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

GuitarMC, Dec 28, 2011
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,815 ratings.