Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,456 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,456
Reviews: 3,257
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 5,344
Gots: 2,146 | 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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4.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to locke459 for sending this along as an extra. I've had Pliny several times before, but have never gotten around to reviewing it. Consumed alongside Heady Topper for no particular reason.

The beer pours a clear yellow/gold with a white head. Smell is awesome, it's both grassy and citrusy and is quite strong, definitely the best part of the beer. Taste is a bit of a let-down after such a great smell. It's hoppy, that I can definitely say about it, but unfortunately, this beer is a bit one-dimensional. It's not particularly sweet or citrusy, and the bitterness definitely comes out here, especially when compared to Heady Topper which is so smooth and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, nothing particularly exciting or bad to say here.

Overall, as I've said many times, Pliny's not a bad beer, and if I had regular access to it, I'd probably drink it all the time. However, for me, a huge DIPA fan, this beer has always been a bit of a disappointment. I just don't understand the massive hype it gets, and when drinking it next to Heady Topper, it really pales in comparison. I'll always gladly drink Pliny, but the days of going out of my way for it are long gone.

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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on draft at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver yesterday. it has been since the '10 EBF since I have had it.

Appearance: one inch head, amber golden yellow, carbonation looks great, and there was nice lacing on the glass all the way down.

Smell: citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, some pine, and toffee and caramel notes from the malt.

Taste: all the scents above blended nicely. The bitternessblends very well with the sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, smooth, medium bodied, very easy to drink, delicious, and a little chewy.

Overall: This beer is as good as I remember it from almost two years ago. Extremely happy I was able to find it here in Denver. Might have to go back to Falling Rock to get another.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,456 ratings.