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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 12,007
Reviews: 3,394
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,911
Gots: 2,584 | FT: 82
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Ratings: 12,007 | Reviews: 3,394
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4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 01-03-12, about six weeks old poured into my beer goblet. I wish I could get this local, but I understand that Utah would destroy this beer by storing it at room temperature for weeks before it made its way to room temperature stores. So I bought it in Denver this weekend and brought it home. I have wanted to try this for a long time.

Appearance: A very nice light golden with a slight haze, I suspect from the yeast. The head was one finger thick and white and left lacing as it went.

Smell: Pine and citric hops. A malt back bone that can be smelled as well. A touch of alcohol.

Taste: This would be bitter to someone who did not know what to expect. I, on the other hand, do not think that this is out of balance at all. The biscuit maltiness stands up to the bitterness of the hops. The pine tastes are noticed on the front end and then the citrus notes show up at the back. The beer has a little sweetness at the front and then dries out during the long finish.

Mouthfeel: Middle to heavy on the body with perfect balancing carbonation.

Overall: I am happy to have had this. It can easily define the DIPA style for me , as well as many others. That being said, there are many DIPAs that are equally as good, but maybe without the pedigree. I will have a hard time obtaining this in Utah, until I travel some more. I will not seek this out until I travel because we have a few in Utah that are only right behind Pliny, IMHO.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.42/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (thanks to BeerSociety for the trade!). Bottled 1/16/12. Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Pours sparkling amber with a fine 2 finger near white head. Nice lacing as it goes down. 

What a delightful bouquet of floral and citris goodness. There's orange, grapefruit and a little pine. 

The taste is a fantastic blend of hops. Grapefruit, oranges, sweet bread. Bitter and sweet, it goes down smooth with a long pleasant aftertaste of hops. Never any hint of alcohol. 

Body is much lighter and less resinous than I expect from a DIPA, with a fine light carbonation. It's perfect for a standard IPA but just too thin to put in the same catagory as other big DIPAs. 

Pliny the Elder is an excellent hoppy drinking experience. Overall this is by far the best IPA I've ever had. But, oh wait, they call it a double. At 8%, it's less than 1/2-1% more booze than most IPAs and it's just too thin without a big malty backbone to take solidly into double territory. It IS really good but like most hyped beer it just can't live up to the "best beer ever" that we all read about. I'll never turn it down but I certainly won't go out of my way to trade for it again.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Ungertaker
4.94/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle dated 2/6/2012 (fresh beyond belief!), courtesy of deebo, poured into a New Belgium globe.

A- hazy orange with constant carbonation plumes and a 1/4 white head that fades to a small cap.

S- pine, grapefruit peel

T- definitely pine-forward, grapefruit and pineapple balance it out perfectly!

M- the carbonation level is absolutely perfect with a medium mouthfeel.

O- this beer is in no way, shape or form over-hyped. It is one of the best brews I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. The dry pine is balanced so well with citrus. I don't think I could ever get enough of this! Thanks, Chris!

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They should really call this beer, Piney the Elder.

This tastes the way Pine Sol smells. And this is a good thing. This is Super Piney and just way out there in extremeness. Not so floral or grapefruity, but, man, does it deliver the Pine.

My wife doesn't care for it. I love it. Well worth the effort to seek out. Hell, I drove over five hours to find it. And I'm glad I did.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of drewone
4.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle dated 1/16/2012 - bought one week after bottling, stored in fridge since then. In a tulip.

Small head, nice golden semi orange color. lots of carb bubbles

Bright yet heavy deep almost earthy hop aroma. some sweetness too. great aroma - yum!

Well balanced, goes through many layers of taste - dryness, hoppy, slight bitter/spiciness. deep taste too

Nice carbonation, dry.

Excellent - really balances between sweet/dry hop aroma/bitter.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of felixljr
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle dated Jan 16th, 2012

A - Very clear, golden color, with 1 finger of head, and tons of sticky lace all over the glass. Surprised at how clear it is, more clear than a typical IPA

S - Sweet citrus notes dominate, orange, pineapple, tropical fruit

T - Bitter up front, and then the citrus hops kick in, big time. Very dry finish, but not overwhelming.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, well balanced.

O - I could drink this all night, wow. The ABV is totally hidden. It is so smooth and well balanced. As good as it gets. Very surprising that it is a DIPA, it is that smooth and well balanced and hidden alcohol...

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Thingus
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live tasting bottle dated 2/5/12 poured into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a hazy golden yellow, with two fingers of straw colored head... Medium sized bubbles that quickly fade to a sticky lace on the side of the glass. Head retention is ok, with a thin film sitting on top embellished with a thick ring around the edges.

Smell; huge pineapple presence, mango, orange, hints of a bread or cracker...

Taste; jumps right in with pineapple, mango, lush tropical fruits, orange and grapefruit zest... Slight tones of bread or cracker help to balance out all of the hoppiness... Resinous notes creep in toward the finish, as well as the slightest essence of pine...

Mouthfeel; effervescent and lively in the mouth with a good lingering bitterness on the finish. Not a crazy amount of bite, but just enough... Exceptional balance as it doesn't linger too long..

Overall; this is a world class beer, need I expand on that? I think the hundreds of reviews and lasting overall score can summarize the experience better than I can..

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of pigc
4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 010312.

A - Pours a cloudy yellowish orange the two finger head. Lacing clings to sides of glass.

S - Awesome! Pine, citrus, mango, pineapple. About all the tropical fruits you can think of.

T - Starts out with a wicked hop burst of fresh pine then comes with waves of orange zest, mango, pineapple. Just a touch of a malt backbone. Finish is semi-dry.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Hop sting lingers on tongue.

O - Truly the DIPA for all others to be judged against. Another fantastic beer from Russian River. This bottle is just over a month old but still gives you plenty of hop sting that you crave. Very drinkable for 8% abv.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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