Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,455
Reviews: 3,257
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 5,343
Gots: 2,143 | FT: 66
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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Photo of jeffmart22
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a beautiful copper orange color with a nice frothy one finger eggshell head. The head does dissipate rather quickly but comes back rapidly when you disturb the beer. You can see both really nice carbonation as well as a little alcohol clinging to the side of the glass. Beautiful beer!

A - Wonderful pine and grapefruit aroma, really nice. You can also pick up some malt as well as a slight lemon citrus aroma. I can't pick up any of the alcohol.

T - Extremely well balanced beer! The aromas carry over into the taste. Really nice grapefruit and pine hop taste to start followed by a slight sweetness from the malts. There might even be a slight tropical fruit taste in there as well. Really great stuff, it lives up to the rep.

M - Really nice for an IPA. Good carbonation and it has a silky almost velvety feel.

O - AWESOME!!! A Brilliant Beer!!!!

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4/5  rDev -14%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of fernz18
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed @ Hamilton's most of the time.

Wont really spend time describing this beer since everything has been said about it. I will add that this beer will change the way you drink, think and value craft beer. PtE drove me from being appreciative of good beer to an enthusiast. It brewed the curiosity for craft beer that eventually lead me to BeerAdvocate. Perfectly executed DIPA, perfectly executed beer. Tasty, boozy without the palate paying for it, and easy on the eye. The perfect beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Giovacchini
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pliny the elder was the first craft beer I had that made me fall in love with beer. It has a nice golden/amber color and nice thick creamy head. It has very citrusy aromas with grapefruit on the forefront. I have tried many other Dipa's since trying Pliny to better understand the style. Compared to 90 minute, sculpin, hop stupid, panzer wolf, dreadnaught, lagunitas sucks, and ruination none compare to Pliny and for that we must respect it. I am doing this review on Christmas day and I'm looking forward to the new year and February when the younger comes out (never had it). I am very fortunate to live in Sonoma county with Russian River so nearby. Happy holidays!

Photo of sinkfloridasink
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold. About what you wold expect to see in a DIPA. Stronger head resilience then most.
S - Wonderful fruity hops. scent of apricot and tropical fruit is noted through the bitter hop.
T - A perfectly balanced hop dream. Fruit, bitter, awesome. The reported hop balance of this DIPA truly lived up to its name.
M - Creamy and smooth. Mid body that wont make you feel like you just ate cake after, but feels just as smooth.
O - A joy to drink. The hype is worth it. Maybe not as one of the BIGGEST and BADDEST beers ever brewed, but certainly as one of the best strong, drinkable DIPAS ive ever had.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.22/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Chuck’s into my Duvel Tulip. 12/02/11 batch. Pours somewhat murky golden orange with three fingers of white head. Smells of pine, grapefruit, hops, resin. It’s not intrusively bitter, but you can sense the hop presence. Smooth, crisp, refreshing front. Grapefruit citrus middle. Pine finish. Remarkably complex, and sits on the palate very well. Very well done IPA, certainly up there among my favorite. It’s an experience to say the least.

Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know, right? Another great review of Pliny the Elder. I would say Russian River has earned it!

bottled: 12-2-11

Pliny pours a golden yellow-orange color. The bottle I had was perfectly carbonated with a marshmallow fluff white foam head and bubbles that rise throughout entire consumption.

The aroma of this brew is unmatched. So many layers: grapefruit, lemon, orange. Not one ounce of sour in this smell. Literally can smell it from across the table.

Flavor is balance of caramel/toffee with citrus and grapefruit. Slightest hint of cherry as the beer flavor lingers. No alcohol character, which is how a 8% IPA can be, but seldom is. Carbonation is plentiful, but not overwhelming.

When you put your mind to it, a great product can be created. Russian River is committed to making outstanding brews. Pliny the Elder is a testament to that commitment.

Thanks to azdback for sharing.

Cheers, and Merry Christmas!

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of beerblanket
4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that got me hooked on craft beer several years ago. Naturally then, it should be my first review. I can't add much more than what's already been said; this is a great benchmark for what an American IPA should be. The smell, taste, and feel of this beer are all outstanding. The first time I tried it, I described it as tasting a bit like a forest. A lot of earthy hops balanced with a nice malt background give it a complex flavor. It's very smooth and inviting, and you definitely don't taste the alcohol, which at 8% can catch up to you quickly.

The craft beer scene has put out a lot of good IPAs recently; I would say some even surpass Pliny, but this beer will always be the standard by which those other beers are judged by. I've also had it in the bottle and it was also very good. If you haven't had this beer before, or if you haven't had it in a while, it's most definitely worth drinking.

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,455 ratings.