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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

11,864 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,864
Reviews: 3,361
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,763
Gots: 2,462 | FT: 81
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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4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 week old bottle.
See-through gold body, bubbly white head, and a sheet of lacing.
Sweet and a wonderful tropical(pineapple, mango, grapefruit), peach, and piney hoppiness.
Never had a double IPA before and was expecting to get smacked around by hop bitterness but this is balanced exquisitely. Mostly a pine and grapefruit hop taste with more subtle tropical flavors. Alcohol isn’t detected.
Not much carb, med body, and a slightly drying mouthfeel.
I could see enjoying a bunch of these in the springtime out on the patio...if only it was easier to get out here.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A buddy and I brewed a clone Pliny a few months ago. It was a shot in the dark since neither of us even tasted a Pliny. I haven't been able to find it in Ohio. During a recent trip to Denver I stopped in at the Falling Rock Brew Pub, which had it on tap.

This beer is a must try for any hop head. It was outstanding. If I could get Pliny locally it would always be in my beer cellar. Oh, our clone was spot on taste-wise.

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

Pub poured on tap in a 10 oz snifter.

Poured a beautiful golden color with a thick fizzy head. Left plent of intricate lacing. Smelled of pine and citrus, very true to class. Secondary smells were great. Felt smooth and pure going down, no rembrandts if alcohol, pure taste and enjoyment.

It's reputation proceeds it.

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4.82/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- very crisp and clear in color copper to pale golden in color, thin white lacing retains along top, nice bubbles stream the glass

Smell- beautiful and really sharp citrus hops on the nose, really pungent in smell, grapefruit and just all kinds great rich hop smell, powerful

Taste- the mouth feel follows with out doubt that of the nose with powerful citrus tones, just loads and loads hops up front followed by middle back bone of malts providing great balance along the middle and the finish is just so long, lingers and lingers and lingers,

Mouthfeel- medium to light bodied its just so smooth and feels so slick and nice in the mouth with low carbonation

Overall/drinkability- okay well this is probably one of the beers I looked forward to enjoying trying more then anything else really or at least way at top of the list, i always wonder if i would find it lived up to all the hype, and it did, this beer is stellar, the flavor is just so spectacular and the balance is superb as it is hoppy but never crossing that line of being to much, the body is perfect, in drink ability its just flawless so smooth so slick, and that finish just wont stop, wow just really really good, this beer is all its hyped up to be and more ,far and away my best ipa if not beer, its a beer i only wish i could get all time, props to my guy who got me this thanks for the treat.

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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

This is one of the best beers currently out imho. I wish that I could get more of it, as our stores here in Colorado limit me to 2 bottles at a time. :(
the smell is the first thing i noticed when i opened the bottle.
the color was very clean and clear which was a surprise to me.
taste was excellent, and the aftertaste did not linger too long like alot of IPA's that I try. I had a small tasting at my house and everybody loved it. not a single vote was negative. i like it because its not too strong, seems almost the perfect range of hops. my mouth was having a party and overall while I cannot rate something as perfect, it is as close to being perfect for my tastes. WELL DONE Russian River, Well done!!!

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle dated 01/03/2012

A - pours a very light orange with a finger and a half of white, somewhat rocky head. Clear, but not brilliant. Head stays around with a thin layer that leaves some lacing.

S - MMM! citrusy and piney hops overwhelm anything else that might be contained within.

T - A slight piney flavor up front that quickly is overtaken by loads of citrus hops. Crisp and refreshing. A nice bitterness that lingers slightly without being too harsh or lasting too long.

M - A somewhat thin beer that has just enough body to stand up to the hops. Any thinner might be too thin, but this is perfect.

D - Easy to drink. The crispness tied with an awesome hop finish leaves you wanting it just as much drink after drink.

Overall, a fantastic DIPA that is extremely drinkable.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,864 ratings.