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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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11,644 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,644
Reviews: 3,304
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,565
Gots: 2,296 | FT: 73
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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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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

Ive tried this on tap & in bottle. Beer lived up to the the hype. Really tasty, smooth taste. Enough hops to get that IPA taste, not too hoppy but i find i prefer IPA not too hoppy. This beer was simply great. Everywhere i see The Elder on tap or in bottle in PDX, i go get it. Get sum...

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of rmcnealy
4.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got ahold of one of these from a great West Coast BA'er. Thanks Matt!

Served chilled in a snifter. Poured a medium amber that was only slightly translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a froathy head that was tightly laced and didn't flee overly fast eventually ending up as a choppy, inconsistent layer on top. The smells are of beautiful, fresh hops. Citrus everywhere! The dry, bitter kinds... grapefruit and tangerines. No malts in sight. Smells are great. The tastes mirror the smells with that great citrus hop. It isn't very bitter, however. Extremely crisp and smooth. Unlike many other dIPA's. I'm having mixed emotions on the taste/mouthfeel. Having been on a steady diet of Hopslam and recently trying Heady Topper, I think it's just missing a little bitter bite at the end. 8% abv is on the low end for dIPA's so perhaps this has something to do with it. Very good, otherwise. The smells and front hop note tastes are great. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one and am looking forward to eventually trying Younger. This is my first Russian River offering and a definite thumbs up!


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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of cps98
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well after a long wait I finally got my hands on a fresh Pliny. Bottle date is 1/16/12 and I drank it last night on 2/15/12. Poured into a tasting glass.

A – Pours a really nice, clear autumn yellow. A really nice 1 finger head was seen but dissipated rated quickly to a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S – The dominant smells I get are pine, and citrus mainly grapefruit. I get no malty sweetness at all.

T – The hops are up front but not over powering like other DIPA’s I’ve had. Everything works together very nicely in this beer. There was some citrus but the malt was well hidden by the hop flavors.

M – Super smooth, really nice carbonation added to that tingle on the tongue. I would put it between full and medium bodied.

O – I was really amped up to try and this beer and am super grateful I got a chance. I was really impressed at how smooth the beer was for the over the top IBU’s. Wish I lived out west so I could drink this guy all the time but unfortunately it will just have to be one of those surprises every now and then.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.28/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours a cherry orange, nice one finger head, rests at some nice bubbles and a thick ring, very nice lacing on the glass.

S. Smells of sweet orange, pine and light grape fruit, and some white grapes. Very sweet smelling.

T. Tastes of smooth citrus, mild grapefruit, a warm tangy finish that I can't quite describe.

M. Medium heavy body, large feeling, a little creamy, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O. A pretty good beer. Sweet with some nice flavors, a bigger feeling IPA. I think this is much over hyped. Just not the mind blowing beer all the ratings pitch it to be. A great beer for the $6 you pay for it on the West coast, but not worth trading a fortune for. Glad I tried it, but I won't likely search it out in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,644 ratings.