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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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9,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,632
Reviews: 3,119
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,416
Gots: 1,390 | 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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4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 11/2/10 poured into a tulip.

Finally got one!!!

Pours a perfect creamy white head. Little soapy foamy bubbles. Slightly cloudy pale orange. Lacing is medium and spotty.

Smell is drop dead amazing. Inviting me to a hop party. Tropical fruits, pine trees, mango, grapefruit, with a pinch of biscuit and caramel malt under it all. I wanna smell this forever.

Taste made me sad I only had one bottle. Same as it smelled. Perfection. Bitterness is potent but unbelievably balanced. Hops hops hops and biscuit left in the aftertaste. Most brilliant tasting beer I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is dead on my style. Oily and medium. Perfect carbonation.

Drink is unreal easy to drink. No alcohol detected. You'd think a beer with this high of IBU's would be hard to drink more than one but I could drink a few of these before feeling completely overtaken with hoppy glory. Sadly, only bought one bottle due to the big price tag and limited availability. Thank you Russian River for making my night just awesome. I'll be tasting those hops till tomorrow morning.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 01:39:13 | More by BigDoug
Photo of nmoreilly

New York

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

Had this for the first time at the Monk's Kettle in San Francisco CA on Thursday, December 2, 2010.

A - A bright golden sligthly orange color. I expected it to be more cloudy for some reason but it clearly was not. A light, foamy head of just over one finger I would say

S - Wow. Lots of citrus, oily pine, a hint of caramel, floral and maybe even freshly cut grass. Became more intense after it warmed up a little. This is without doubt the best smelling IPA I have experieinced

T - Unmistakeably west coast, fuity, piney hops in the front. I didn't get too much in the way of malt. Bitter towards the back but not overpowering. No alchohol

M - Good carbonation but not over the top.

D - Very drinkable for a IIPA. In fact it's too drinkable. The word masterpiece comes to mind.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 19:47:08 | More by nmoreilly
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4.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip (bottled, 11-11-10)


pours a nice golden straw color with a nice pillow of eggshell colored head. About 1 fingers worth.


outstanding. I'm getting grapefruit, orange, a little apricot and pine in there as well. More citrusy than piny which surprised me. A little malt smell in there. Just incredible.


Again, outstanding. piny hops and malt up front. A little of the citrus hops in there as well. The bitterness is there right up front, but the malts continue throughout the drink and really smooth it out. I little more piny tasting than I'd like, but expected for a west coast IPA.


medium bodied beer with absolute perfect carbonation. This beer goes down so smooth. I wasn't expecting this from a DIPA.


If I had easy access to this I'd drink it every day if I could. Such a smooth tasty DIPA. I feel fortunate to have a friend out in Northern Cal to ship me these. I have 5 more left and it pains me that I'm going to share a couple of these with others, but I want to spread the love.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 19:06:01 | More by cetherid
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4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the RR brewpub.

S - One of the most enticing aromas of any beer I've had, Sculpin being right up there as well. Huge whiff of grapefruit and wet pinecones. I can't detect any malt or alcohol.

T - The taste is incredible. Unlike some (I)IPAs who leave something to be desired after inhaling their aroma, this one does not disappoint. The taste matches the nose almost exactly.

D - It is unfortunate that the abv has to be 8%, because of this I cannot drink enough of this beer. I am too drunk before I am satisfied.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 03:16:28 | More by Estocker
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Stella chalice. Two fingers of creamy foam. A deep golden reddish hue is welcoming me to drink. Smells of rich hop goodness. In the mouth, a perfect balance of hoppiness and fine rich malt. Finishes dry and repeat. A customer gave me this and I thank him very much.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 02:40:06 | More by everettsbeerguy
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4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bombadil for the trade. 1 pint 9oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. When I cracked it open the foam crept it's way to the top of the bottle and one big bubble came up and came over the top. I've had that happen a few times but usually the bottle in some way got shaken up a little bit, but not this time. The beer pours out a light golden/amber color, a little lighter than I expected, slightly lighter than most DIPA's I've had. There was initially a big, thick, orange, creamy colored frothy head. I thought there was going to be a fair amount of lacing, but there really wasn't, the lace trickles it's way down after each sip. A little disappointing, but still pretty good.

The smell is exceptional. It gets even better as it warms up. There is a hoppiness to it that is truly complex and intriguing. A beautiful blend of a various array of hops. Citrus, pine, foral, herbal, and even has a nectar/honey sweetness like aroma to it. It maintains it's potency without being to strong. Probably one of if not the best smelling DIPA's I've ever had.

If I were to describe the flavor of this beer in one word it would have to be "complex." The same multiple hop notes carry over from the aroma to the flavor. Initially it really isn't anything special, but there is a lingering effect that is quite tasty. It starts bitter then sweetens up a little, but the sweetness seems to be coming from not only the malts but the hop combination has a play on this. There is still a sweetness to it that I can't quite put my finger on, it brings me back to that honey/nectar but I don't think those are really ingredients, could just be the way it's brewed I guess. On a strange side note, this beer burps up awesome, which is what bumped it up to a 4.5 in my opinion.

The complexity continues in the mouthfeel. It is both light and full bodied all at the same time. It has the light fruitiness and full maltiness aspects of big DIPA's. The Drinkability is outstanding. It's a slightly lower than average alcohol for a DIPA, but has a lot of big flavors as the big boys.

I'm a little conflicted, I really did enjoy it, but I enjoy this style. I wasn't as blown away as I expected. I guess I just gave into the hype. I'd love to review it again sometime and get the opportunity to review a fresh one. It's not available in MA so I gotta trade for it. I feel lucky just to have the opportunity to try it, and I don't think it'll be the last. Who knows maybe some day I'll get to CA and get to review a fresh one, sounds like a pretty good day.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 03:13:27 | More by AndyAvalanche
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4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured my first Pliny (props to Jolon for hooking it up) into a Duvel tulip with the aroma filling the air.

The ale had a brilliant orange-gold color, capped by a 1cm white head, which dissipated after a min. leaving a nice display of lacing.

The freshness of the beer is clear not only in the bottling date(11-02-10), but also in the aroma which is composed of nice citrus meets floral characteristics. Beneath the hops lies a sweet, breadiness from the malts.

Taking the first couple sips, the beer comes across with a medium body. The carbonation is just about right on, allowing the ingredients to make the impression by just being high enough to enhance the experience. Right before the beer slides down the throat, a dryness comes out which results in my body begging for more.

The taste seems to higlight the grapefruit, citrus notes of the hops more than other characteristics. The hops also create a pleasant spicyness which comes out more in the flavor than the mouthfeel.

This has got to be one of the most drinkable 2xIPAs I have had. The hops levels meet the maltiness just right allowing the beer to be enjoyed for what it is while my general experiences of 2xIPAs usually results in a muddle of malts and hops. PTE is smooth, spicy, sweet, dry, floral and citrusy IPA that is simple in terms of enjoyment, yet complex once one delves into it.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:45:04 | More by bernie879
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4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Bright and golden in color with excellent clarity and absolutely no haze. Snow-white fluffy head that leaves behind thick lacing. As the foam settles the carbonation remains.

S. Sharp evergreen hop aroma with a hint of sweet orange peel. While the nose in overwhelmingly resiny hops- there is a sticky- sweet malt undertone lurking in the darkness.

T. The taste is effervescent, piney hops from the very beginning. Many DIPAs are overwhelmed by such hops but this one has plenty of other things going on. There is a dry biscuity malt backbone to carry the hops along with a fruity sweetness and firm bitter finish that leaves you wanting more.

M. Chewy and bold it is light but still satisfying. The carbonation is just enough to accentuate the hops and keep things entertaining.

D. A true pleasure, and something everyone should try. I cannot even begin to think of what I would do to get this distributes in my area so that I could savor it more often.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 21:11:10 | More by hopstradamus
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Want to give BleedsLakerP&G a big shout out for hooking me up with this -

Poured from (500ml) bottle - bottled on 09 23 10.

Poured a cloudy light amber , Two finger head that dissipated rather quickly,moderate lacing with decent carbonation .

Smell - Light apricot hints ,pine notes, hops.

Taste - The hops jumped out of the glass and put my tongue into a full arm nelson, light citrus ,apricot flavors but mostly hops w/ pine notes.

Drinkabilty - This is a great example of a American Double IPA, was it over hyped ? Not in my opinion -This would be the standard I would measure any American Double IPA with. Very drinkable - I really enjoyed this, to bad it's not more readily available to the Midwest Great lakes area .

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 00:46:53 | More by InebriatedJoker
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking in celebration of FSU beating UF for the first time in 6 years. Traded working that day for one of these bad boys.

Poured into HB hefe glass fom 1 pint bottle

A- Pours a tangerine orange with a bone white head that sat at about 1/2 an inch. leaves shreds of lace running down the glass as the head deflates. Looks pretty flawless.

S-This thing is powerful. The smell erupted from the bottle and the glass can be held away from you at a distance of about 8 inches and still u assaulted with an overload of citrus and grapefruit hops with hints of sweetness. kind of hard to detect anything beyond the world of floral amazing aromas rising from the glass. No apparent alcohol. No off scents. just pure un-adulterated hop juice.

T-First taste is instant bitter which is rushed out of the picture by an explosion of massive orange peel and lemon zest followed by fresh ruby-reds. crazy as it is, Hops are all over the place and no real malt in sight but yet the bitterness is not showcased. All of the sweet citrus keep rolling in waves as this guy warms up we'll see what else shows up(if i had another of these this one would have been finished after the first sentence. As it warms the hops fill in every nook and crany of my taste buds. Cant find anything wrong. Im looking...

M- The carbonation is flawless and keeps the whole beer bubbling enough for entertainment. After the fan fare dies down the rest becomes silky smooth.

D-This is stellar. It has every key component of perfection. Minus the fact that I cant go to a store and buy this every day. Im beyond impressed and amazed. Now im going to finish the bottle. I really hate to claim a beer is flawless....if I think of one ill add it later.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 07:50:34 | More by Fieldzy27
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New Jersey

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

On-tap at Capone's

Appearance: Golden with a thin white head.

Smell: Citrusy - pineapple, mango, passionfruit, grapefruit, sweet slightly bitter hops.

Taste: Taste follows the nose - sweet pineapple, mango, grapefruit and tangerine followed with a nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: There is a reason that I always get this on draft whenever I can, this is insanely drinkable and I've never been disappointed by one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 02:02:32 | More by Axic10
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New York

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

Bottle dated 11/2

A - Pours with a finger of foam. Orange in color, with a bit of lacing. Very clear as well.

S - Citrus and hops. This is really balanced well for a DIPA. It has almost a tropical smell. Also a note of pine.

T - Wow. I know this beer gets tons of hype, but it is warranted. Easily the smoothest IPA I've had. The balance of hoppiness and sweet is incredible. Very tasty.

M - Smooth, and rediculously light bodies for the style and ABV. This is in my opinion what separates Pliny from other IPA's.

D - Yes. The only limitation is that I can't get this easily in NY. I could and would have this regularly.

I can only imagine this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 18:48:25 | More by socon67
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beer pours a clear amber with white head

smell - pine, grapefruit, nectar, caramel, honey

taste - hops, grapefruit, mango, honey

mouthfeel - crisp & clean, slightly bitter upfront, sweet in the body, slightly bitter on the finish, but this is good.

drinkability - at ~$5 for 500ml, not gonna go through a lot of it, but this is a nice drinking beverage that I would gladly revisit as this is a style that admittedly I am not a huge fan of, but this was really good, it actually had me yearning for another

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 01:15:06 | More by keithmurray
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4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes (2010 Capone's Black Friday event). Hype doesn't become hype by mere coincidence, you know...

A: Orange. Neon freakin' orange, with slight rays of sunshine. Think Pumking. Really stunning in the glass, looks like a warm summer's day.

S: Grapefruits, lemons, oranges, and Christmas trees. Total hop bliss. Like hops that've shed their scent into warm water for hours. Hop tea. I would dab this behind my ears if it were accessible as a cologne.

T: Just picked today grapefruit flesh and lemon juice, not too bitter. Juicy, juicy hops - the west coast style that favors juicy citrus flavor over earthy bitterness.

M: Startlingly light, easy on the tongue. Absolutely no detectable alcohol presence.

D: If sessioning this beer were possible in terms of price and availability, I could imagine it sneaking up on the drinker remarkably quickly.

Like everyone, I'll just point out that if this were more readily available in bottles, I'd buy a case every couple of months. Really lovely, even surpasses Ruination IPA in terms of west coast DIPA glory.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 01:06:43 | More by mfunk9786
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4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very beautiful gold/amber color with faint white head. I poured it slowly so it didn't build much. It leaves a sticky lacing. When drinking, the tiny bubble carbonation moves in the glass like fireworks.

S: Wonderful! Peachy and sweet.

T: The first flavor is a peachy sweetness with grapefruity citrus, followed by hoppy IPA bitterness. Then at the end there is the peach again, and a lingering hop bitterness. I think that the bitterness hangs around a little too long at the end and its a little too much to me, so I can't really give it a solid 5...it's more like a 4.8.

M: Viscous and tingly. It's just great.

D: It would be a 5 if only it weren't 8%, and the bitterness faded just a little faster.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:57:38 | More by Jemonster
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4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What is there to say about this beer. It has been reviewed over and over again. It is a great beer, plain and simple so to speak. I received this beer from a friend and the appearance was a nice amber colouring that just glowed in the light. The smell had a great hoppey quality that you just had to smell before every sip. The taste was good not exceptional. The reason why I say this is due to the fact I believe that it would have tasted better fresh. The bottle I had seemed to not be as hoppey as I would have hoped.
Basically the drinkability is please may I have another. If you have not tried this beer get one fresh and don't wait to drink it. If you like IPAs you will love Pliny.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:40:07 | More by wrightro07
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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally my first Pliny. Poured into my favorite westmalle chalice. Beer is a darker shade of orange but still glowing. The smell is a perfect balance of sweet and acidity. The sweet is pineapple tanderine and the acidic is orange and a hint of lemon zest. Taste is off the wall! Ive always said that a perfect beer is well balanced. This one comes as close to percfection as it gets. The mouth feel is soft and inviting. I could drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 21:17:10 | More by bernardus1212
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4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Capone's Restaurant in East Norriton, PA. Presented in a 12 oz. tulip glass by Matt Capone himself...

A - Great slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1 finger eggshell white head that has nice retention to it.

S - Incredible aroma here. Fresh pine and citrus hops all over the nose. Earthy and grass notes come out slightly as the hops really take the forefront here. There seems to be more pine than citrus present.

T - HUGE hop punch on the palate, but in the most pleasant and pleasing way. Pine and citrus flavors roll over the tongue. Pine and grapefruit seem to be the most noticeable flavors. Absolute perfection.

M - Nice and crisp and quite refreshing really. Slight tingle from the hops but a nice clean finish. Aftertaste is everything I would want a beer to be.

D - So nicely done that it really is one that could be had all day. The hops are so well integrated that it doesn't kill the palate like most big IPA's can do. Excellent work.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 17:58:37 | More by KAP1356
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4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a non see through honey hue with nice carbonation and lacing everywhere,the smell is beautiful with notes of floral bouquets,honeydew,honeysuckle and stonefruit,and with the taste it just gets better the mouthfeel is ever so smooth and exudes flavours of passionfruit,honeydew,lychees,some very light pale malts and finishes with a super smooth tiny tinge of stonefruit bitterness but to be honest this bitterness is not really bitter its just so right its not funny and overall this is one exceptional brew that im so glad ive tried and to be honest its right up there with the best beers i have sampled and the only other thing i can say is Russian River know how to brew beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 04:54:43 | More by ADZA
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4.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Falling Rock Taphouse. It's nice to visit Denver...

The beer was served in a standard pint glass with a one-finger white head. However, that head was thick, rocky and beautiful. It stayed around for a long time and was wonderful to work with. Te beer itself was a wonderful clear orange. Just a marvel to look at in the glass.

The nose reminded me a lot of (512)'s IPA that I had earlier in the week. Just a ton of hops. Citrusy and piney.

The flavor of the beer was like drinking a citrus juice. I could swear I tasted some grapefruit pulp in there... There were some nice piney hop notes, too. The malt backbone was solid, but definitely more of a role player. This beer reminded me a lot of (512)'s IPA, but it finished a lot cleaner and was more balanced. The carbonation was wonderful and I kept coming back for more sips. I started the night with this beer and I had to come back to it to finish the night, too. Just a fantastic DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 20:10:17 | More by UTCengOwl
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

turns out I've been drinking this forever and never reviewed it... great IPA, second best to the younger. well its safe to say I love the pliny's. it is light yellow with little to no white head. smell is biiig hops, pine and citrus. its slightly floral, but not like roses, like citrus blooms. taste is amazing. massive hops with amazing balance. it fills my mouth with joy. also very drinksble

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 03:33:48 | More by berebrando
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New York

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

Bottled on 10/08/10

Pours a slightly hazy golden honey color with a large dense off-white head that slowly slowly settles into quite a puffy cap with a sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of grapefruit hops with some tropical fruit notes; some pepper as well. It is a nice fresh aroma but seems to be a touch muted. The taste is quite similar to the aroma. Nice grapefruit and tropical fruit hop aromas, with a dash of pine. An unassuming honey malt serves as a base for the beer but helps showcase the hops. The feel has a solid moderate feel with some tingly carbonation, finishes with a piney hop bitterness. The carbonation does a really nice job breaking up the malt body. The ABV is nowhere to be found. A very enjoyable DIPA; great balance between the hops and malt. I appreciate a hop forward DIPA as opposed to those sweet malt bombs. The bitterness doesn't linger so it clears the palate nicely. I am probably looking for a bit more fresh hop flavor but you can't beat the balance.

Review #1100

2/20/11 Update

Had another sample which is about 4 weeks old compared to the 7 week old previous sample. The hops have a much more "buddy" flavor to them. They kind of taste like what weed smells like and I like that. All of the other stats remained constant.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 02:17:21 | More by Gmann
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I doubt I can add anything more insightful to the already stellar reviews of this beer, but I feel compelled to add my cent(s).

I have had this beer in bottle and recently on tap at the Russian River Brewery (took a little trip to Santa Rosa last week). Both experiences were delightful.

The thing that most impresses me about this beer is that it manages to avoid the heavy or syrupy consistency one can get from a double IPA. To get at the high alch level, there must be an abundance of sugars, but this beer doesnt come off as heavy as other DIPAs. It has a wonderfully clean and dry-ish finish with excellent grapefruit forward flavors (my favorite fruit note in an IPA). All in all, this is a perfectly crafted DIPA and I wish I could install a tap line from Santa Rosa directly to my place in DC.

Well done, Russian River! Also, check out their Sours...amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 15:07:13 | More by philipashley
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first 'real' beer review/tasting ever. I hope to get better at this and I realize it is not very detailed and probably derivative of other reviews, but the following is what I noted about this superb beer.

So here it goes:

Appearance: A bit hazy, gold color. Poured with one finger head.

Smell: Pine. A hint of strong citrus.

Taste: Pine first and foremost, then citrus (grapefruit maybe?), with an earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with perfect carbonation to match taste. Almost creamy which is an added bonus for an IPA.

Drinkability: Yes. All night if I had the money and tolerance, which I don't on either count. I'm usually good after one of these. Sometimes two. Then I'm really good.


Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 14:56:17 | More by jtk
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New York

4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Woo! Pliny! Pretty sure I'm special now... right?

I had this one on 11/9/10, and it was a bottle date of 8/16/10. Pretty sure Vinnie would have told me to throw it out. But it was the freshest I could score and I'll come back to update this when I have a newly minted one to review and compare.

That said, for its lack of freshness it was still a solid solid brew. A great initial bite nearly comes through the nose along with florals, and looking at the pour it's a lovely headed amber/golden hued West Coast IPA through and through. Exactly what you would expect, and done well. The taste follows that hoppy bite with a citrus presence, and a bit of a malt backbone. Sorta sits there like a Sculpin.

Ahh, and a clean finish too. Although start to end I couldn't say this stood out from other well done WC IPA's, I can easily say that I'd drink it again. When I'm in the mood for getting slammed (that's what she said?) with hops. Or feeling special.

----UPDATE--- Yeah, it was the freshness, and that the beer was unsettled. This is a damn great beer. Fresher, cleaner, crisper. Goddamn. Hell yes. Also note: causes the girlfriend "beerface".

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 23:41:52 | More by afksports
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,632 ratings.