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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,439 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,439
Reviews: 3,254
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 5,309
Gots: 2,115 | FT: 67
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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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - light golden yellow, very fizzy with a solid 3/4" of fluffy white head - leading to lots of lacing

S - very aromatic hops, slight citrus, piney

T - piney and bitter at first, with a very distinct taste on the tongue (can't figure out what exactly it is)

M - very nice carbonation tickles the tongue and cheeks, crisp yet sweet

O - this is a really good beer in every single quality, however i think it may just be a tiny bit lacking in the taste aspect. maybe i was just expecting a little too much from such high and mighty reviews. i can't say i don't like it, because i'd be lying, it's a hell of a good beer but i have to say i have had beers (or ipa's) that have been better in the taste department.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw gold into my tulip with a frothy white cap of foam. Pine scents immediately waft through the air. Pine and fruit but mostly pine. In the mouth it's pine with a touch of citrus, but mostly pine finishing with a lovely hop bite. Very mellow mouthfeel. I could drink this forever! Amazing beer if you can get it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hophead247 for my first Pliny and also which happens to be my first trade. Been looking forward to this for a long time.

It has a beautiful amber golden color that allows light to pass through it. Nice light white head that sticks to the glass. The smell is great. I get very piney hops and citrus. I am guessing the pineyness comes from the Columbus or Chinook hop. The taste is bitter but well-balanced with the malt, as you would expect. The piney resin comes through but also that piney bitterness seems to be balanced with the citrus notes. I don't believe I have had a hoppy beer taste like that before or at least I've never noticed it. The 8% is hidden masterfully. For me though, the mouthfeel is what really impresses me most. This beer is so light compared to other DIPA's and finishes dry. The sip you take leaves you and you want another one right away.

The only beer that I have tried that resembles this is Double Trouble. But Double Trouble is heavier and more citrusy. I've been wanting to try this beer for so long now I am thinking where do I go from here?

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sharply hoppy aroma on this one...a fight between grapefruits and floral notes going back and forth. Seems to be a solid mix between the two. Very nice.

Pours dark golden in my glass with a big, fluffy head. Very good.

In the taste, they've really achieved a really nice balance between the citrus and pine notes in the hops. The pine may be a little more predominant, but not by much. Some DIPA's are ridiculously bitter, some are sweet and boozy, and some are pretty balanced. This one definitely is on the hoppy side but it's a comfortable, tasty bitterness from beginning to end. Very balanced. From the sip to the finish, there's no doubt that the hops rule this beer (as a beer should that's named after the person who discovered hops), and it's really well done. Malt wise, there really isn't much. I do detect a little peppery biscuit underneath the grapefruit and pine notes, but it's where it should be....the background. Another thing I like is that there isn't a lingering aspirin bitterness here; it's a clean finish with a resinous bitterness to it. It's refreshing. That's how it should be. And the booze is covered up.

One of the best, if not the best, DIPA's that I've had. Absolutely delicious, I really enjoyed it.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,439 ratings.