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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,610 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,610
Reviews: 3,120
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,402
Gots: 1,379 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003)
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

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

bottled Dec 13

Pliny pours a medium orange with very good clarity and a modest head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Awesome aroma of melon and citrus, with floral and pine hints. While some beers seem to lose their aroma after a few minutes, the aroma of Pliny hangs in for the duration.

The flavor is dominated by hops with the skeleton of malt sweetness supporting the show, but hiding in the background. Tangerine and a big grapefruit flavor yield to black pepper, lingering to a bitter piney finish.

Mouthfeel is juicy and amazingly smooth for such a bitter and big beer. The carbonation is modest, leaving the mouthfeel slightly flabby, especially toward the end of the glass.

An amazing, highly drinkable beer. When I first tried it, after hearing all the hype, I was a bit taken aback. But Pliny insists that you slow down and contemplate. And if you do, it rewards.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 23:18:28 | More by CliffBrake
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drewd0g

New York

4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My buddy Steve flew this one home for me. Bottle poured into my Maudite Tulip. Bottle on date is 11/11/2010 so its about a month and 10 days old.

a lot of hype surrounding this beer so i knew it was going to be good. the appearance is dark orange. kind of cloudy. the smell is like pine and citrus. the beer poured with about a 1" head that dissipated pretty quickly. taste is sweet and hoppy. bitter at the end too. if i had to compare it to another IPA i'd compare it to Southern Tier 2XIPA. real high drinkability for 8% ABV, they hide it very well. good mouthfeel, light carbonation. A really good Double IPA, but in my opinion a lot like many other beers of the same style. it's very good and a great example of the style. i would like to have more of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 21:23:21 | More by drewd0g
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stoney73 for this. From notes: 500ml into Bruges tulip, Bottled on 11.30.10. consumed 12.21.10.

A: A big bold golden haze of a body, one that defines the style. The head poured a frothy white, with a good bit of retention and circular lacing.
S: The aroma, while very pleasant was not to the intensity level I would have expected. The notes of citrus and herbal hoppy notes dance on the palate.
T/M: The overall taste is a really nice big American IPA, I can see why this brew is so highly rated, but then again I can see how so many other brews are very close to this one. The front is a herbal spice that turns into a fruity body and has a medium bodied mouth feel. The fresh hopped taste gives a wet hopped silk to the body and really has a nice prolonged lingering finish.
D: I could crack bottles of this all day, as well as drink it from draft. The fact that this beer is some what hard to get makes it fall a little low in drinkability section. Really great brew that is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 16:03:55 | More by GDBEERMAN
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellowish orange, unflitered, average creamy head that was gone rather quickly. Nice lacing

Smell - Pinecone, hops, citrus. Some yeast and malts. Smells like hop heaven

Taste - Wow, the first drink really surprized me. This has a taste like no other ipa ive ever had. Bottle dated 12-13-10, so its fresh. Tastes like a pinecone mixed with sugary yeast and hops. So smooth, yet bitter and strong. Just about perfect balance. I dont taste any alcohol in this brew. I also pickup some honey and maybe even some corriander spice.

Mouthfeel - That first drink numbs and bitters whole mouth with insane hop wallop power! Its not a thick beer but man it leaves a piney aftertaste unlike anyother. Theres no warming since the alcohol is masked so well.

Drinkabilty - Insanely high. Its very bitter but with no alcohol taste, man you can slam this. Its a great beer but i dont know if its quite as good as everyone says. Lack of production, avaibilty helps this out imo. Is a top ten beer yes, is it the best? Theres beers like dreadnaught and ruination out there that would disagree.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 11:56:48 | More by wvsabbath
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fatmcq

California

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

A: Light amber in appearance. Looks like many of my preffered IPA's

S: Hoppy and sweet. I sense some wheat... very earthy and grainy... divine.

T: Thickly hoppy, but not overpowering.

M: The level of carbonation and thickness is very good. I can't complain. At all.

D: This may not be my favorite, but it's a close competitor. Very good experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:14:14 | More by fatmcq
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neorunner

Virginia

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

Breaking my order a bit to review this beer as it says ASAP.

Thanks to Flexabull for sending me this beer in Round 3 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Blind Beer #Bonus - http://flic.kr/p/93uF2S

Well, I have a huge hunch as to what this beer is, but I'm going to play dumb. Wrapper on this 500ml bottle says pint glass, so I opted for my GL Blackout Stout pint. Pop the black duct taped cap (I love that duct tape btw) and sniff the bottle, yep its an IPA. I was too busy enjoying the aroma to really observe the head, but there is sparse carbonation bubbles and a thin coating remains.

Aroma is juicy tasty fruit, my mouth is watering as I type this. Grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pine (simco maybe?). Flavor is some light to medium malt with a nice kick of bitterness. The bitterness is balanced well and doesn't linger long at all. A subtle resiny taste is in there as well.

So, my guess is this is Pliny the Elder.

Yup! Bottled 11/30/2010 so nice and fresh. Thanks for taking the extra effort to send me this beer. Always a treat to get PtE on the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 01:15:03 | More by neorunner
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ramseye4

Virginia

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

Took me awhile to track one of these down, I hope it will be worth it. Freshness date stamped proudly on the label, along with a multitude of do not age warnings. Pours a beautiful light golden color with a two finger head, excellent retention, and the beer leaves rings around the glass is it slowly gets consumed. Aroma is an immaculate citric hops smell, with some grapefruit...smells heavenly. Taste is mostly hops, but it strikes a perfect balance with some very subtle malt, and some grapefruit and other citric flavors in the finish. This lives up to the hype. Great carbonation helps bring out the flavors, the beer feels very smooth,rich, and full bodied, and the aftertaste has the most well done bitterness of any beer I have yet to have. The drinkability is unparalleled, I could drink these alll day and pass out happily.

I have found my personal nectar of the gods. All of you who live out west and can get this easily should count yourselves lucky.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 03:15:12 | More by ramseye4
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notsoprobeer

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light golden with a white head that left lacing. Amazing aroma full of floral and citrus hops! If you don't like beer, you'd still enjoy smelling this beer. Flavors of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and piney hops. This is a hoppy beer and it does have a sharp bitterness (it is 100 IBUs), but it is nicely balanced with some caramel malts. Medium bodied and well-carbonated, it finishes with a nice hop bitterness. It's very drinkable and the 8.0% ABV isn't noticeable.

Pliny the Elder is a beer that lives up to the hype. If you're a fan of IPA's or hoppy beers, this is a must try. If you're new to IPAs and start with Pliny, you'll be spoiled. If it's possible to have a session Double IPA, this is it! I could easily see drinking several of these.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 08:02:26 | More by notsoprobeer
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BarrelO

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 11/22/10.

A: Bright orange body with a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Citrus, pineapple, other tropical fruits, pine, toffee, caramel, honey.

T: Somehow manages to combine expressive hoppiness with waves of complexity. Lots of grapefruit and pine. Bitterness is unrelenting but not at all harsh. Sturdy malt backbone with honeysuckle-like sweetness. Aftertaste is reminiscent of lemongrass and sweet bread.

M: Light to medium, good carbonation, minimum syrupiness.

D: What can I really say about this that hasn't already been said? If you don't like hops, this probably won't change your mind. But if you're a hophead, just about any effort to obtain a fresh bottle is justified. Make no mistake: this is the real deal.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 04:30:03 | More by BarrelO
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Thanks again boatshoes.

A - slightly hazey, light orange/amber hue. Fingers worth of bubbly head slowly evaporates. Off white in color. No lacing.

S - Hops. Very big. Citrusy grapefruit notes with a long floral grassy undertone. A light caramel sweetness sits under the hop aroma along with very faint fruit esters.

T - big flavor. A little sweeter than I thought it would be but the bottle is exactly a month old. It's not cloying or over powering in any way but more than I expected. Smooth sweetness in front which lingers even after its pushed back where the grapefruit flavors and bitterness really take hold. Citrusy finish. Bitterness fades enough to make you want to take another sip.

M - thick. It's got some good weight to it. Creamy and still fairly smooth. Bubbly carbonation.

D - excellent. My first taste of Russian River and I am pleased.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:06:19 | More by Teleweizen2
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BS68280

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my fourth time having this beer and I'm finally getting around to reviewing it. Bottled on 11-22-10 so it is still under a month old. Poured into my DFH signature glass.

A: A golden copper color with about 3/4" of light colored off-white head. Slowly fades and sticks around the edges leaving nice lacing. Very transparent.

S: Lots of citrusy hops and some earthy hints.

T: Some very nice citrusy flavors to start it off followed by nice soft malt flavor before a piney bitter finish with just hints of the ABV.

M: Medium bodied, silky, leaves an oily feeling.

D: Bought four... will they be there tomorrow?

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 00:05:58 | More by BS68280
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Chincino

Massachusetts

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

I had this Pliny the Elder again for the first time in awhile last night to celebrate a friend's birthday!

It was just as good as I remembered. Pliny the Elder is really is the gold standard of IPAs. I really hope to try Pliny the Younger someday.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:08:25 | More by Chincino
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I shipped two 12oz bottled to NY for my friend's birthday present and we enjoyed PtE tonight.

Bottled on 11/22/2010

A-Light golden color, looked like Southern Tier UnEarthly. Had a finger head head that remained and left lacing, something I haven't seen from a DIPA that I can remember.

S-Hops, Citrus, Earthy, well balanced. Including some malt.

T-Extremely well balanced, perhaps the most balanced beer I've ever had. Citrus and grapefruit along with an earthy taste. Ends bitter, but once again extremely balanced.

M-Light with some carbonation. Not heavy like other DIPAs such as 90 minute.

D-You can not tell this is 8%. My friend were trying to determine the abv and we thought it was closer to 6%. Absolutely drinkable when compared other DIPAs that often are heavy. Edit-I had side by side with Heady, Heady clearly won. But still is an amazing brew.

Edit- Added bottled date.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 02:59:05 | More by rlee1390
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Cmack15

Massachusetts

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

Wow this a superb beer, just in every way. The citrusy piney hop aroma is so yummy. As far as ipas go this is a gold standard by which other beers should be measured. You can taste the craftmenship and pride that goes into this beer. I would like to thank my fellow BA Chincino for helping me celebrate my 35th birthday with one of my fave beers.
Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 22:58:07 | More by Cmack15
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tzchandler

California

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

This is a well balance beer that wants to come out and play. Light yet full of hops and flavour. 8% ABV yet it feels well balanced.

This has a lot of that craft brew taste. Fresh and hoppy. The hops are not overwhelming but are front and center.

I can only hope to find this on tap some where. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 08:20:41 | More by tzchandler
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.98/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured in a ordinary glass.

A: Pours a clear golden-orange color with a big white to beige head which dissipates leaving some lacings around

S: The smell is a must: Incredibly grassy-earthy-herby-flowery hops. Never ever felt such a fresh perfume of citrus hops in a beer. The malts and yeasts foundation is also perfect. Really unique

T: Well, the taste is just perfect. Perfect American double IPA. VERY refreshing considering the 8% ABV. Amazing bitterness, balanced. Really impressive...

M: Full body. Good carbonation. Hoppy bitterness as aftertaste

O: Extremely drinkable and refreshing beer. Very bitter but, at the same time, smooth and pleasant. A perfect beer

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 04:27:43 | More by eduardolinhalis
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noknife83

California

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

This is the best beer I ever had. Words don't do it justice. If you like full flavor beer do yourself a favor and find a bar or pub that has this epic poem to the beers gods on tap. you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to try piney the younger, I've heard that's even better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 21:43:08 | More by noknife83
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle
Thanks to oregone for the hookup.

Pours a light straw orange amber, semi-cloudy with a one finger off white head. Nice lacing remains. The nose is perfection; citrus and pine hops blended with a malt backbone. Taste is sublime; a hop forward IPA - bitter in the middle and lingers long into the finish. Pine is noticable upfront with light citrus notes. Maltiness is blended so well. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Such a drinkable beer! If only this was available here, it would be my beer of choice every day. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 20:14:21 | More by heebes
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review notes from 12/7/10.
Bottled on date of 11/11/10.
Thanks to BrianTheBrewer30 for this fresh bottle!

Poured in to Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Poured a slightly hazy orange/yellow colour. Not completely cloudy, some light passes through. One finger of bubbly off-white head formed. A little bit of lacing.

S - Bursting with bitter citrus hops that are fresh and juicy. Some light pine notes as well. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango and pineapple. A noticeable but not predominant sweet caramel backbone. A truly exceptional nose.

T - Bitter hops up front. Relative to the nose, more pine and less citrus, but both are still very present. Some grapefruit, orange peel and pine; the tropical fruit notes from the nose aren't evident in the palate. A nice sweet caramel malt backbone that is just present enough to provide some balance. Definitely a hop-forward IPA though. A nice bitter dry finish.

M - Medium body; silky and chewy. Oily. Lightly carbonated.

D - Definitely one of the best I've had. Right up there with Hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 18:57:19 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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skivtjerry

Vermont

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

Pours with a medium sized sticky head, golden color, slightly hazy. Aroma is,uh, hoppy; nice pine and citrus with some cannabis notes. Taste is much like aroma, plus slight sweetness and alcohol. A little sticky on the tongue - a good thing for a DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium all around, dried out by alcohol but sweetened by fruity hop flavors. Bitterness is slightly harsh, a little out of balance with the hop flavor. I can't really say I'm disappointed with a beer this tasty but it doesn't quite live up to the legend. In fact, I preferred the Blind Pig we had just prior to Pliny. It might be an age thing - my bottle was bottled on 11/11 and drank on 12/11... I hope to someday have it fresh on draft.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 03:40:12 | More by skivtjerry
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SirRuss

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange with brilliant clarity and a clean white head. Retention is brief, but the tight cohesive foam suggests quality carbonation ahead. The lacing is moderate-good, but in no way unusual for the style.

S: Pine and soft citrus gently usher in notes of menthol, and a peculiar underlying subtle funkiness - almost reminiscent of sweating cheese - hides unexpectedly in the background.

T: The front-palate presents a light, non-descript freshness, accompanied by a sprinkling of powdered sugar. As the delicate malts transcend into the mid palate, their buoyant sweetness is framed by the proud, sharp entrance of the hops. Initially it appears as an ornate frame with bold peripheral biterness distracting from the delicate complexity of this brew. But as the transition continues, the subtleties roll in and out of one another, and it is this exquisite interaction which -for me- makes the beer so god damn good. If you want to talk flavors, citrus zest and grapefruit, powdered sugar, pine, resin, and a very slight biscuitiness are the cast of this show, but like an unforgettable independent film, it's the behind-the-scenes players - the producers, the directors - who make it come alive.

As the head hinted - excellent carbonation. It carries the flavours expertly, acting like velvet wheels on a royal carriage. I could talk about how well the alcohol is disguised, or the way in which the crisp freshness and bitter hops sit in perfect balance with the oxymoronic charismatically-modest malts. But what needs to be noted is that this brew is iconically quintessential. It's like a chic elite party. Everyone who's anyone is in attendance; they've all come out looking their best; and everybody mingles with flawless, elegant etiquette. To read a review is like looking at the photos the next day - you can get a idea of what went on, but the only way to capture the true atmosphere is to attended yourself.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 02:54:34 | More by SirRuss
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to forgetfu and THECPJ for bottles recently.

A: Pours a golden color with a large white head that lasted for quite a long time. Beautiful lacing remained the entire length of the glass.

S: Smells incredibly fresh. More pine than citrus, but both are present. There is a lot going on here, some spruce/pine as well as some earthy/grassy hops with some grapefruit and other citrus near the end.

T: In a word, perfect. Very well balanced. Upfront there is a hop bitterness, similar to the nose with tons of pine and a malt sweetness to round it out. The citrus is subtle, but adds nicely to the overall flavor.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp. Feels relatively light for a DIPA. Overall, its an amazing beer. Very smooth and easy drinking, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:15:34 | More by mdaschaf
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beergod1

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a Foamy white head. Aroma is a combination of Grapefruit and pine hops - I tasted lemon, grapefruit, and bits of other tropical fruits. There may be slight malt sweetness. Aroma, again, is an explosion of citrus with a wonderful pine hop finish at the end. Medium to Full body, Finish is surprisingly dry. Got this from my sister in Puyallup Washington. Some 2IPA's (Lake Erie Monster, 90 min.) have a lot of Malt Character, not this one
Glad I got 3.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 19:46:59 | More by beergod1
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SkunkWorks

New York

4.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks jenray for the trade and the opportunity to try this!

Bottle dated 11/11/10 and drank on 12/8/10, so its just under a month old. One thing I already like about this beer is that they print "Drink fresh or not at all" on the bottle and then actually print a bottling date. Nothing is worse than no bottling date on an IPA.

500ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Look: started with a conservative pour but noticed I wasn't getting enough head, so I gave it a more aggressive pour to end up with a one finger head. The body is hazy, orange/amber. The head is slightly off white and it retains fairly well and ends up leaving a decent amount of lacing in my glass.

Smell: grapefruity, floral, and resinous hops with a hint of pale malt in the background. Given the hype around this, the smell is quieter than I would've expected but it is still quite good.

Taste: follows the nose nicely. There's grapefruity, citrus hops and some floral hops along with some malty flavors like biscuit and toast with resinous hops giving it a dry, hoppy finish. Again, given the hype around this, the taste is fairly subdued. Where's the orgasm of hops in my mouth? Its still quite good though.

Feel: sticky, full bodied, moderate amount of carbonation and the alcohol warmth is hidden very well. Great mouthfeel.

Drink: very drinkable. I could drink this quite a bit.

So, you know when someone talks up a movie to you for a long time? "Oh, man its so good! Its the best movie I have ever seen! Its totally gonna sweep the Oscars! YOU HAVE TO SEE IT!" then you actually do and its a let down because well, it has to be because nothing is as good as the hype. Well, Pliny the Elder is that in beer form for me.

Perhaps it isn't fair, but because of the hype it gets in the forum and the fact that it is the number 2 beer in the world right now, but as soon as I sipped it I began comparing it in my head to beers such as Ithaca Flower Power, the Southern Tier DIPAs, Captain Lawrence IPAs, Stone's Ruination IPA and regular IPA, Bear Republic's Racer 5 and I can't help but think this is up there with them but it doesn't stand above them.

Maybe it is because what I had wasn't fresh enough or because it isn't on tap, but since I am reviewing what I have in the bottle in front of me and I don't think less than a month is enough time to kill a beer, nor should it be enough time to kill a beer. I will however endeavor in the future to have this on tap at the Russian River brewery and hopefully I can see what this is all about.

You definitely should try it given the reputation this has but I recommend you do so with an open mind and try your best not to buy into the hype. Its definitely enjoyable and if DIPAs are your thing, you are probably required by law to try this one. I also can't wait to try the rest of the Russian River line up. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 15:48:50 | More by SkunkWorks
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JAYBLACK for this one.

Bottled on 11/2/10
Consumed on 12/7/10

Poured from a bottle into a Smuttynose big beer balloon glass.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a big foamy white head that slowly recedes leaving behind lots of sticky lacing. There is a steady stream of carbonation throughout the life of the beer.

The aroma fills the room with floral, piney hops as soon as the cap is popped on this gem. The aroma really opens up as the beer is being poured and starts to showcase some citrusy notes as well. No real malt aromas to speak of

The flavor is bursting with piney, floral hops. Not nearly as much citrus in the flavor as in the nose. Lots of hops, but not as bitter as I would have expected. Just the slightest malt presence provides a hint of sweetness to help with keep the bitterness in check. Surprisingly there is really not much in the way of alcohol presence, hard to believe this is a 8% beer. Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Really quite good, and I can see what much of the hype is about. I tried to make sure that I did not approach this beer with my expectations too high (based on the tremendous amount of hype), and was very happy with this west coast style IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 17:09:27 | More by CBlack85
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,610 ratings.