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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,649 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,649
Reviews: 3,306
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,571
Gots: 2,306 | 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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4.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to cardinal79 for including this as an extra. 12/07/11 bottle date

A: Pours a crisp, golden amber color. A huge frothy 1 inch white head appears, and slowly dissipates, but a layer remains. Sticky lacing throughout.

S: A very pleasant piney hop aroma, with hints of grapefruit. Not as pronounced as some other DIPAs, but very solid.

T: Taste follows the nose. A dry, piney flavor with slight bitterness from the hops, with just enough sweet citrus pineapple flavor to balance it out. Love the dry finish.

M: Really crisp carbonation. Incredibly smooth

O: This one never dissappoints. Its the cleanest, most crisp, balanced tasting DIPA I've ever had. Only thing I'd change is having a more pronounced aroma (i.e. - Citra, Abrasive)but that's just splitting hairs.

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4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 1/3/12 into my Sierra Nevada Tulip. The pour produced a large, creamy, 4 finger head. The head dissipated very slowly as I consumed it, leaving behind a ton of thick lacing on the glass. It had a very nice aroma, though a tad understated (I was expecting more in this area). I could smell That being said, the smell had some citrus and pine notes to it. The flavor was great. A nice amount of hop bitterness. The beer finishes very dry and the alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is amazingly smooth. Not sure that I have tried anything with this type of mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a great double IPA. Given the mouthfeel and the lack of alcohol bite, this beer is very drinkable. If this was available around here, I could easily see consuming several of these in an evening.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 01/03/12 and served in a tulip.

A - It has a beautiful golden color and a frothy head that never truly disappears.

S - A nice light hoppy aroma. Not overpowering by any means. Not even the slightest hint of alcohol.

T - To me, just about the perfect amount of hop bitterness (you know it's there but it doesn't overwhelm or be harsh). This then fades to the background as you get a little of the maltiness of the beer.

M - very smooth, medium body.

O - A very good example of an Imperial IPA. Great balance between bitterness and ease of drinkability. This is definitely a beer that i would recommend trying.

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4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very good amber color with a thin head and great lacing.

Smell: Good aroma with hops, citrus, and a hint of fruit. Not overpowering, could be a little stronger.

Taste: Great hops flavor that is not overpowering. Flavors of citrus and fruit are there but subtle. Mild bitterness. The main characteristic is it's perfect balance.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and the smoothest finish of any beer I have had to date. It goes down like water at the end (in a good way).

Overall: A great beer that is perfectly balanced and amazingly smooth on the finish.

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

The key here is the smoothness. Big hop flavor, but somehow it does not have the bitter after taste. It is truly harnessing the hop flavor but ditching the major bitter taste. I guess this is called balance.

I wish it was a little sweeter on the finish. How do I get big hop flavor with a more malty caramel finish? That is the quest.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,649 ratings.