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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: 5,780
Gots: 2,472 | 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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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into New Belgium chalice, bottled 1/3/12

Appearance is a clear orange amber with a nice and big white head. Head leaves some very nice lacing down the sides. Smells citrusy (orange tangerine and smaller amounts of grapefruit) and some pineapple. Taste is very intense: very hoppy with tons of grapefruit. Finishes with intense bitterness but not the clean light bitterness you see sometimes. Not much malt action going on here, some alcohol in the taste. Did I mention that this beer is absurdly hoppy? Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and somewhat syrupy. So hoppy that there is some mouth puckering and a dry finish.

This is a very intense DIPA, the most intense I've had after Greenflash DIPA (mostly due to its earthy cannabis notes). One of the best DIPAs I've had but not the best, that may fall to Burton Baton. For someone not on the west coast this is the holy grail of beer, partially due to the fact it is nearly impossible to get. Maybe at one point this was -the- DIPA but now there are others that are better, cheaper, and easier to find. Still a great beer, just not the best. Something I would like to try on tap.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprise extra from Nataku00... thanks much! Bottled 1/3/12, poured on 2/5/12 - about as fresh as I can hope for in Indiana. Poured into a Deschutes tulip.

It pours a clear goldenrod and clover honey yellow with thick white head sticking to the sides of the glass. Candied ruby red grapefruit and fresh pine sap meets the nose, along with backgrounds of lemon and orange. Not overpowering, but well balanced hops.

The initial sip is more pine-forward than citrus, and although its possible to tell what even a month has done, this is still excellent. The flavors of spring shoots from a lodgepole pine, candied grapefruit rind, and blood orange combine - but are not too strong - to make a sublime drink.

Mouthfeel is coating but not cloyingly sweet, just a little burn at the back of the tongue, and enough to let you know you're having more than a simple ipa.

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

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

Appearance: Goldenrod body with thick, white head that slowly dissipates to a pattern of rings on the top of the beer. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. Great retention. Clear enough to give a good view of the carbonation bubbles that are racing to the top.

Smell: Citrusy, flowery, grapefruit, lemons, pine. Phenomenal smell.

Taste: Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and pine throughout the entire sip. Slightest sweet flavor in the front that is dominated by a lingering bitter finish. I would go as far as saying it may be too bitter towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing. The epitome of drinkability. It's a light beer in my opinion with plenty of carbonation. An everyday beer.

Overall: Definitely in my top two DIPA's. It's an unbelievable brew that I would go to great lengths to get. If it was available, I could drink this everyday. Pliny in my right hand, Heady Topper in my left.

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