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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,874 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,874
Reviews: 3,364
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,781
Gots: 2,473 | FT: 80
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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Photo of MaxHops
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hops, pineapple, various citrus, and bread in harmony. Despite the strength, everything is in balance here and there is little booze to give away it's 8% power. Makes a BIG difference to have fresh.

If you had one mailed to you that's been around for a while you aren't getting the real Pliney. Recently had a fresh one next to another that had sat in a car for 2 days (in mild cool weather) unrefrigerated and the piney, resin flavors/aromas were noticable diminished in the older sample.

Not hard to get fresh here in Cali as it sells so quickly but hard to get in quantity as most shops restrict your purchase to one 17oz bottle.

Photo of George2744
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.38/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/7/12 Poured into snifter and a pint glass

A: Thick white frothy head, light golden color, very good carbonation and amazing lacing

S: Citrus, fresh hops and flowers, pine, touch of sweetness in there

T: Nice blend of hops, nicely balanced from start to finish, bit of sweetness and bitterness

M: No complaints here, spot on in my book, great carbonation, medium bodied

O: Extremely drinkable, awesome stuff, can't wait to drink again

Photo of Schwag
5/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of EA728
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect example of what an IPA/IIPA should taste like. With all the hype I did expect it to be hoppier, as I'm used to Ruination, but it doesn't try to be excessive.

The appearance is a nice golden color, nice head and lots of beautiful carbonation.

The smell is all hops and pine; if I could make a candle that smelled like this I would.

Taste is not overly bitter, but very hoppy. The flavors of the hops are balanced perfectly with the bittness and alcohol. Exactly what I think of when I imagine an IPA.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, excellent carbonation, and the alcohol is very well masked as I stated earlier.

Overall, considering I don't see distribution in Texas, and shipping is expensive, I would probably only purchase for special occasions or as a gift to a fellow beer geek, but it is definitely the best IPA I've ever had.

Photo of BrandonDZ
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BoatsSinkBro
4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Torondao SF, 4th Street Grill, same-month bottles.
-Aroma of a more aggressive piney and resin hop over the also-noticeable citrus fruit character. It's got depth.
-Fresh and middle body of citrus fruit.
-A more overpowering bitter hop finish.
Not waaay too bitter, but it gets it's point across, well balanced if you you step back and look at it. It's the other spectrum, imo from the more citrus heavy IPA's. A very good beer anyone should try at LEAST once.

Photo of ZinFanDave
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

daysinthewake sent me this one! Thanks Josh!

500ml bottle poured into a globe. Bottle dated 3/7/12.

A: Golden with a slightly red hue. Slightly hazy...lots of bubbles rising up. Two finger pillowy white head with tight bubbles. Slowly settled to a cap that covered the entire top throughout. Much lacing.

S: A forest of resiny pine. Some graham cracker crust or brown sugar.

T: The aroma was decidedly understated compared to the waves of flavor that you are hit with. Woody pine resin and grapefruit is featured. Some grainy malt and just a touch of sweetness. I suspect there is a good amount of malt in this but this bottle is fresh enough that it’s still way, way in the background. Alcohol is well hidden behind the hop avalanche.

M: Body is medium and carbonation lively. The abrasive pine is all up in your business...drying out your tongue. Nothing objectionable for a hophead however.

O: The gold standard in aggressive hop-forward beers. The thing that sets this apart from many others is that it pushes the limits without going over and has such a nice smooth finish for such a massive hop profile. I wish more "hop bombs" were like this. Just be sure to get it fresh!

Photo of WankelEngine
4.82/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on date: 02/13/12

A: A fairly vigorous pour yields a 2-3 finger, just off-white head. It leaves beautiful curtains of lace. The beer itself is a light golden-amber color with a lot of visible carbonation.

S: Smells of pungent, resinous hops. This provides both bitter pine and grass as well as some citrus and grapefruit flavors. There are some light tropical scents behind this, creating a very full, hop-centered aroma.

T: Hop-forward and delectable. Similar resinous pine from the smell, but the fruit flavors open up. Tropical, citrus, grapefruit, pear and maybe apple. There is a hint of the alcohol content which increases as the beer warms, but only serves to complement the pine. There is a light malt backbone which provides good balance and some light toffee. The finish has some lingering bitterness.

M: Smooth and almost creamy. Medium bodied with just a hint of alcohol and light to moderate carbonation.

O: One of my new favorite IIPAs. I wish I had better access to this. Hard to see where this beer could be improved.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,874 ratings.