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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,641 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,641
Reviews: 3,120
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,417
Gots: 1,392 | FT: 52
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.

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NoHipTee

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little dissapointed after all the hype. Not a very complex beer. Will not bore everyone with the details of every sip. The bitter finish and after taste is what kinda left me thinking...."is that it". Not a bad beer at all but not at the top Imperial IPA ever brewed. Now I must try PtY.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 20:29:16 | More by NoHipTee
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally....finally I have a bottle of this beer.
Bottled on 2/17/11,fresh as well.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich burnt orange tinged golden with a large blooming white that left broken chunks of lace behind as it settled into a frothy mass.Much lighter aromas than expected,resin and grapefruit mixed with a firm dryer malt base,a little iron is in there as well.Resiny and bitter flavors are the main component flavor-wise,again the malt base is dry wich is good with way to many of the style to sweet.The alcohol is incredibly well hidden mainly because the sweetness is in check,its a very good beer but I gotta say I have had better of the style.While I like Hopslam,Dreadnaught,Oracle,and Hercules better, its a good beer,worth the rating?....Not so sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 20:23:20 | More by oberon
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colforbin73

California

4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is it! this is the current standard bearer of West Coast IPA, if not all American IPA, as a distinct beer style. it's crisp and a little grassy, the flavors are amazingly clean and dry, and it seems deceptively simple -- a refined malty base provides the platform for flowery hop freshness.

and that leads us to the fruit. crisp, clean, dry, and then BLAM! grapefruit bomb! that is the upfront nose on this imo - lovely grapefruit sweetness at first followed by piney and more citrus as you imbibe and then a warm buzz going down.

pours a clear light gold/amber with a nice head that dissipates rapidly but leaves appropriate carbonation behind. smell, grapefruits and pine, taste, yummy, mouthfeel, beer. overall -- drinkability high.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 01:04:51 | More by colforbin73
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nova009

Kentucky

4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottled dated 2/24/11 into a snifter

A- pours a clear golden copper, nice stream of bubble headed to the surface, nice fluffy half finger head, nice sticking lacing

S- pine and citrus hops, overwhelmingly, some nice caramel sweetness mixed into the smell, nice a clean

T- hops, hops, hops, this is hoppy but what is fantastic is that the sweetness balances exceptionally well with the hops, slightly grassy, this is what you look for in a DIPA

M- medium body, very nice balance of carbonation, smooth and covers the entire palate

D- very drinkable, its almost kind of dangerous, 8% ABV and i easily took this down, the problem is that its fairly hard to get a hold of, this is what all other DIPA's should try to be

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 22:25:27 | More by nova009
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edsanchezz28

California

4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with Pliny the Elder. Great job Russian River, you have created one of the greatest brews of all time. Very smooth, aromatic and.... DELICIOUS! Best enjoyed nice and chilled. I was delighted to enjoy this beer at Stone Brewery on my 21st birthday. What an honor.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 17:48:24 | More by edsanchezz28
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walteez

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've anxiously been awaiting a taste of this brew for a while. After receiving a package in the mail and waiting to assemble some friends - I finally cracked open the Pliny.

It pours up a nice hazy orange / golden color with a nice head. As the glass empties the head clings to the inside of the glass & leaves a beautiful lacing all the way down. It has a very nice piney hop aroma, very resiny & a little sweet fruitiness.

The first sip coats my mouth with a spicy, piney hop bitterness. It mellows but still maintains a nice spiciness all the way through the middle of the taste. It finishes dry & bitter but still has a pretty nice crisp, smoothness to it - it must be the malts coming in to balance it out a bit. The alcohol warms you as the aftertaste sets in but really isn't present in the flavor at all.

The anticipation of this brew really made the tasting tough on me. I was expecting to be absolutely blown away, and while the beer is very good, I wasn't. I think a few of the seasonal releases (Hopslam in particular) are better. This is still a very good beer. Its smoothness is unparalleled and the taste is really a good balance of a lot of flavors. If I had access to it all day everyday I'm sure I would drink more - but I don't.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 04:17:03 | More by walteez
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StLThrash

Missouri

4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally able to pick up some Pliny on recent trip to Colorado as they don't distribute here. Thanks to Shane @ Davidson's Liquor for holding a couple for me!

A - Beautiful straw hay, slightly hop hazed, with a 1 finger head. Sticky lace and foamy that stuck to the glass.

S - Wow. Even made my wife smell it and she said Wow. She's not a hop head either. Wonderful array of floral, citrus, pineapple, grass, with a little bit of bready malts.

T & M - Smoooth. Wonderful medium body, big on taste, citrusy hops with a nice kick of juicy hops in the middle and finishes sweet with some biscuity malts. Perfect balance.

D - Polished my bottle and was craving another. With only one in reserve, had to fight off the temptation. Alcohol is nicely hidden in this at 8%. Very drinkable.

Well worth the hype. So glad I was able to pick up my first Pliny!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:49:13 | More by StLThrash
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smibroncos

New York

4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured a clear light copper with a one and a half white frothy head. Great lacing on glass

S. Pine citrus hay

T. Citrus peel, slightly sweet malts then bam hops in your face. The duration is forever.

M. Medium bodied, decent carbonation, webter should just put a picture of this brew under IPA.

D. Yummy I will definately come here again Russian river rocks

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 01:35:50 | More by smibroncos
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dciBA

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/7/11

Poured from the bottle into my dfh snifter. The slightest foamy white forms but disappears quickly after a vigorous pour. Only heard the slightest hiss when the cap was popped. Hardly any bubbles rising. Fairly clear amber color.

Smell is pleasant but fairly muted. Some hops but more bready, sweet malt than anything.

Taste starts off with a decent amount of grapefruit hops. A solid sweet malt flavor quickly takes over. As the beer goes down your lift with quite a bit of bitterness on the sides of your tongue. Hop flavor improves as it warms but is never all that strong.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin which doesn't bother me with this style. The lack of carbonation leaves the beer feeling flat and lifeless though. Finish is quite dry considering the sweet, malty flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. I'd like to try a super fresh example sometime but I think this is as fresh as it gets here on the opposite coast.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 17:00:33 | More by dciBA
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gfthree7

California

4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pliny the Elder finally makes it's way to Apple Valley, CA! At $10 per pint it's not cheap, but I can't pass up the opportunity to try one for the first time.

I've shared a couple Ellder Plinys with friends, but this time I have the whole pint to myself, poured into a chilled chalice.

The appearance is strikingly clear golden with a small bit of froth that disappears quickly. What a great looking clear beer! It doesn't have the thickness/haziness that many DIPAs, but mysteriously still packs a tremendous hoppy punch!

Pliny the Elder smells great, though there are some other DIPAs with a stronger smell, like Left Coast Hop Juice and Green Flash Imperial. Pine and citrus come through the nose here.

It tastes great! Getting better as I progress through the pint, this is probably the most balanced DIPA I've had. Don't let the clear appearance fool you, this is a championship DIPA. Mouthfeel is also great.

Elder Pliny is dangerously drinkable! Here in the High Desert/San Bernardino county area it's hard to find though, so I'll probably stick with Green Flash Imperial @ $5 per 22oz bomber for my DIPA fix.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 00:14:51 | More by gfthree7
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haazer

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was graciously served this at the Blue Dog bar in Chalfont the day before it was to go on tap. The Beer Gods were with me on the evening of 3/12/11.

A- The head was one finger strong of everlasting white head. Great retention, refused to go down. As the beer drinks there is lacing smeared in portions of the tulip. The color is a beautiful dark gold, blended with orange and yellow highlights.

S- Nice aromas of grapefruit juice, citrus, and piney piney hops.

T- Just incredible. Lemon rinds, orange, grapefruit, such a fruity blend of flavors. Then there is a hop concentrate flavor, is how I'd best describe it. Definitely the best hop flavor I've ever tasted. The ops aren't overbearing though, the amount of bittering is perfect. Feels like a fresh hop cone in your hands, broken up and put in liquid form.

M- Medium bodied DIPA. Perfect bubbling but non prickly carbonation felt on the tongue. Incredibly smooth drinking for a DIPA.

D- Insane. Alcohol is not felt at all. Could drink many of these in a night. So thankful to have had this fresh on tap and lucky to get it when I did. This only fuels my love/hate relationship for hoppy beers in terms of degree of freshness, but this was as fresh as I coult of had it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 00:10:28 | More by haazer
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Munkaboo

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE HUGE thank you to G311 who surprised me with two of these bad boys, thanks man!

Bottle dated Feb. 7th '11

Aroma: Big fruits... almost candy-like... pineapple, grapefruit, yum...

Appearance: White foamy head, light orange

Taste: Maltier than expected, hops obviously hit right after the malt then the bitterness comes through at the end. Smoother than Hopslam in my opinion, not much alcohol presence... definitely more sessionable than a Hopslam, which is scary. Pine hits around the end as well, glad it doesn't take center stage as I think that's why I'm not a huge fan of Two Hearted. Surprised at the balance considering it's a DIPA.

Body: Medium body, drinks like an IPA almost...

Drink: Could easily drink multiple, great drinkability.

Overall: I wasn't completely blown away to be honest. It was awesome, but I think the hype is a bit much. Definitely would seek this out on tap though, I'm sure nothing compares to week old Pliny. Still, a very awesome beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 00:09:51 | More by Munkaboo
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kbrady9

California

4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice golden, amber. Less than a finger in head with pretty good lacing throughout.

S-Fantastic graipfruit aroma with a nice hint of hops.

T-Very heavy fruit character that meshes with the double dose of hops well. Also pretty smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

M-Light to medium body, the beer goes down smooth.

D-For a Double IPA, it is very drinkable. Not exactly a session beer, but tasty none the less.

This was my first Pliny the Elder and after all of the phenomenal reviews, I had nothing but the highest of hopes. After my first attempt at the beer, I am impressed but at the same time not blown away or of the belief that this beer is "World Class". I have had a couple other DIPA's on its same playing field that did not receive such rave reviews.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 11:35:12 | More by kbrady9
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Duff27

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Frothy two-fingered white head on top of a slightly cloudy dark golden beer. Spotty lacing and great head retention.

S- Citrus, more specifically pineapple- my favorite. Hops.

T- Bitter bitter hops, great for hopheads. Caramel malts and of course the citrus punch to the 'nads. Mouthwateringly delicious. Ever so slight alcohol presence.

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. I can feel tiny carbonation bubbles.

D/O- Every sip left me wanting more immediately. Scary with an 8%ABV beer. The only that kept me from having more is I just had the one bottle, hah. Thanks to my friend Tara (and her cousin Eddie) for hooking it up big time!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:24:39 | More by Duff27
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Bay01

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dsgolovin for this

Poured from month old bottle into New Belgium tulip.
A: Golden color, soapy white head, moderate level of carbonation

S: Muted fruitiness, I'm getting alot of fresh pineapple

T: Great balanced fruitiness here, not too heavy or bitter like a alot of DIPA's. Mostly clean pineapple with a slightly dank/weed finish. Just enough bitterness.

M: Definietly not syrupy or thick, but full.

D: I could go through a few of these no problem, doesn't wear out the palate like most other DIPA's.

If this isn't the best IPA/DIPA I've had it's certainly in the top three, well crafted, balanced, and delicious!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 01:02:23 | More by Bay01
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Jesse13713

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 2-17-11

A huge thanks to Madvermin for sending this in a trade! Just one of the many awesome beers he sent me. I enjoyed this beer among family.

Appearence - Pours an extraordinarily clear amber-yellow. Quite a transparent straw beer. About a finger of head sits on top. Very impressive lacing that clings to glass quite heavily.

Smell - Definitely some hints of pine and citrus right away. A strong malt profile with slight caramel notes. Not overpowering in the nose at all. Light lemongrass makes itself noticeable immediately.

Taste - Wow. Some light lemongrass presents itself immediately as it dances around with citrus and zest notes. Extraordinarily crisp and refreshing. The malts in this are delicious, with a good mix of bitterness and sweetness in them. Slightly heavier on tangerine in the finish. A toasty and bretty hop/malt profile.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A good concoction of sweetness and bitterness. Easily drinkable thanks to the rewarding malt aftertaste. Quite dry on this finish. The ethanol is masked and blended very well. I feel like this should be classified more as an IPA as opposed to a double, but it is delicious none-the-less. Fairly excellent carbonation that is well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 00:26:00 | More by Jesse13713
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pgaveau

New York

4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a bottle (bottled 2/7/11)aquired in trade with HuskyinPDX(Thanks man). Paired with cave aged gruyer cheese.

Bright gold appearance with a thick head. Pretty good looking beer in a tulip glass. Smells like a giant hop cone in a glass. Fresh floral aroma. Very appetizing for an IPA fan. The taste is very bold and pungent but does not linger. No long aftertaste or bitterness. I could drink this all day. No hype here. This is great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 02:29:48 | More by pgaveau
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StJamesGate

New York

4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber gold with a steady, creamy whipped egg whites head that leaves speckled trailers from the first sip. Straight fresh hops on the nose: oil, grassy, citrus and skunk. Orange, pear and angel food cake malts get bullied from the start by branchy hops which blossom into a sine wave of hops flavors: orange, nettle, chalk, and resin, with the grapefruit and pineapple that others refer to in there as well. Sweet orange rind finish and a dry, bitter but not harsh linger. Round, creamy, sticky, with the 8% well hidden.

Contains more aspects of hop character than I've ever had in one beer. Tastes more like hops than I'd imagine hops themselves do. It's not balanced - the malts barely register - but it is structured: the hops are somehow both aggressive but controlled. And for a beer that is obviously high in IBU, the flavor is still there and it never turns into a tongue-scrapper.

I'm a believer.

Thanks to Chris for flying this over from SF.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 15:51:25 | More by StJamesGate
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chriswilkes33

Texas

4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a small taste of this about a year ago and loved it. Finally got a whole bottle for myself. Bottle on date was 2.24.11 putting this beer at 14 days old. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with finger width white head that disipates leaving some spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: As advertised. Hey nose...BAM...hops. Citrus and Pine. In your face.

Taste: Glorious, absolutely glorious, this hop bomb is graciously backed up with malty goodness.

Mouthfeel: If I can find a gripe with this beer then it may be a little on the sweet side, but still very good.

Drinkability: Yes :)

This beer very much deserves to be way up on the list and as far as my tastes are concerned one of the few that actually lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:24:06 | More by chriswilkes33
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JRed

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear shaded orange with bubbly white head. Fresh hops, grass, light citrus in the nose. Tastes of citrus, peels, hop resin and bitterness towards the finish and a dry ending. Medium bodied, booze hidden masterfully by fresh hop flavor. Light carbonation make it easy drinking. It's a legend of beer and it lives up to the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 17:23:03 | More by JRed
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gawnphishin

Texas

4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you augustgarage for the cali connection. Poured into a tulip. Bottle is dated 021711.

A- The color is an absolutly stunning clear copper. The head looks so creamy and there is good lacing. The head recedes very quickly.

S -Pine and floral tones are most prevalent.

T- Lost of pine and more floral notes with a good kick of citrus. The betterness lingers.

M- Awesome! Great carbonation and smooth finish.

D- Super drinkable for a DIPA.

Overall, I can understand the hype of this beer. It is a near perfect DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 05:34:16 | More by gawnphishin
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scoand

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting for this one for quite some time so I am definitely a little stoked....

Appearance: Poured into a twelve ounce sniffer. Crystal clear color with good carbonation. About a fingers worth of head that dissipates rather quickly. Really nice vibrant color. Just what you want out of this style

Smell: tons of pine, citrus, grapefruit(?), not too sweet. Finishes with a nuttiness in the back. Very well balanced scent.

Taste: Even though the bottle isn't the freshest (1/24) it still pounds your mouth with lots of citrus and pine. Those are definitely the two primary. A great bitterness that puckers your mouth but is balanced well with a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness and tang. The best example I have ever had of this style. It doesn't rip your mouth apart but just leaves you feeling like you drank something worthwhile.

Drinkability: Dangerously good and easy to drink. PTE hides its alcohol well and keeps me coming back for another sip. It is refreshing yet still very complex and doesn't leave you bored.

Overall a wonderful beer that I reaaaallllyyyy wish came to Minnesota

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 04:54:40 | More by scoand
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GhettoFabulous

California

3.48/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. The label of the bottle assures me in ominous tones that something awful will happen if its contents are not consumed as soon as humanly possible.

This beer looks and smells like a standard DIPA - its cloudy golden hue exudes a smell of straight up hops, though not as many hops as I'd like to smell coming from a highly reputed DIPA. This smells more like an IPA and is surprisingly tame.

Upon taking my first swig of this, I swished it around in my mouth furiously, forcing it between my teeth and into every conceivable corridor of the pallet. There is not a lot here. Straight up hops with a modicum of citrus. The hops are balanced and done very well, but there is little else to render any complexity or excitement. I was hoping for all sorts of flavors that would accompany the hop punch, but there is only a slightly palpable hint of some nameless fruit possessive of a rind.

I look at the label again and realize this beer is only 18 days old. The label's dire warnings about letting too much time pass before you drink it might seem like an excuse for the mediocrity of the beer if this were a few months after production, but in this case, it seems a bit silly since I'm hardly worried that the rather uncomplicated flavors of this beer will fade away over time - there is not much here for it to lose.

If this beer was merely titled "IPA" and produced my a brewer of less repute, I couldn't imagine it being nearly as esteemed as it is by the beer community. Sculpin, Tricerahops, and especially, Double Jack, are far superior to this underachieving brew when it comes to delivering a dynamic DIPA that enlivens and challenges your senses.

This beer does well to accompany some tacos or nachos, or to throw back at some scenic relaxing vista like a creek or lake or mountainside, but on its own, it is merely an above average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 02:57:25 | More by GhettoFabulous
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pmoore311

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have finally had the opportunity to try this elusive beer. Bottle on date of 2/7/10.

Appearance - Amazing clear amber color, creamy white head and lots of small bubbles.

Smell - Smell is great, though if I can find a flaw in this beer, I prefer the more floral nose of some of the other DIPAs out there, particularly Hopslam seems to take this category for me.

Taste - WOW, WOW, WOW, piney resinous hops, with some citrus and pineapple. The middle and finish are very dry to let the hops shine.

Mouthfeel - PERFECT, stinging light carbonation compliment the in your face hops.

Drinkability - Well the hops would really take a toll on the mouth but I could easily drink a bottle probably 2 in a sitting.

Overall this one lived up to the hype for me. Being from Michigan I have always stayed away from the Pliny vs. Hopslam debate because I had yet to try Pliny. Hopslam edges it out in the smell category, but overall I would have to give credit where credit is due and Pliny is a really really well crafted DIPA, and can say the best I have had to date although by a much closer margin than many people may think over Hopslam. To me the difference maker is I really prefer the dryer finish of the Pliny. Hopslam has a slightly sweeter taste and is certainly a top contender in the style.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 22:55:26 | More by pmoore311
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idrinkitup

California

5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Rich gold color with a two finger white head that drops fast but leaves a small layer with beautiful lacing that stays to the end.

S: Citrus, pine, and caramel malts hit my nose in a perfect combination. Very appetizing, I couldn't wait to try this one!

T: Much like the aroma, I get the citrus malt up font with a dry finish of pine and hops. This is getting better after each sip. $5 is seeming like more and more of a bargain.

M: I enjoy this so much. Perfect balance of carbonation and body. It has a dry finish that leaves you wanting more but not with a bitter aftertaste.

D: I'm a West coast hop-bomb kind of guy, so I could drink 6 of these puppies in a row if I wanted to. Very drinkable brew that I would recommend to anyone that has an interest.

Lot's of hype has been built around The Elder and I'm glad that I finally got the chance to get my hands on it while it was still on the shelves at my local store. Living up to it's hype, and at a $5 price point, I will most definitely be returning to this ale in the future. An absolute delight!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 20:17:41 | More by idrinkitup
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,641 ratings.