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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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9,888 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,888
Reviews: 3,126
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,547
Gots: 1,507 | FT: 53
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:
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5-25-10 - poured into a tulip glass - 500ml capped bottle - bottled on date is 3-22-10

Appearance: Pours a spectacular, light, golden, honey brown. This beer is clear to mildly hazy with a creamy, bubbly, white head. Nice lacing forms and lingers all over the glass. A truly beautiful beer!

Smell: There is the distinct aroma of evergreen pine, zesty grapefruit, spearmint, ripe pineapple and sweet candied orange with a suggestion of honey.

Taste: Hop bitterness lead by citrus and pine flavors are balanced by some bready malts and candied oranges. Also, the hop bitterness is experienced both up front and on the back of the tongue with artful equilibrium.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Again, nicely balanced, not too thick or thin. The feel is smooth and silky over the palate with just the right amount of syrupy consistency. It becomes more impressive and discernibly complex as the beer warms a little.

Drinkability: Exceptionally drinkable with incredible balance. In addition, the alcohol hides in this beer, quietly providing gradual warmth.

Comments: An outstanding beer overall! This is my first Pliny, so this review is probably a bit premature, as multiple tastings are needed to properly gauge its complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 00:05:53 | More by MarvinSnyder
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Bizz88

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this gem at the super liquor mart in Littleton CO. Poured a golden yellowish sunburst orange hue with a fast diminishing two finger head with some lacing that lasted thru to the end. Aromas of piney hops, citrus, an a touch of honey. Had an grapefruit orange rind touch of sweet malt taste with a dry finish. Light medium body with the right amount of carbonation. Oh yeah! Will drink this little darlin again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 22:16:06 | More by Bizz88
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CraftAleRookie

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip glass at the Blue Dog.

A- Golden (with a hint of orange), hazy- with a 1 finger foamy head that reduced to a lace-foam that painted murals on the glass.

S- Hop heaven- citrus, pine, citrus, pine, and citrus. Part of the experience of this beer is the nose full of sweet hop aroma with each sip.

T- Full hop flavor, but the bitterness does not overpower up front. Dryer, subtle finish with more of a hop bite on the back of the tongue.

M- Nice balance-doesn't feel thick (for a DIPA); good carbonation, medium to full body.

D- If there were a hotel next door, I'd continue to drink these until I'm just able to walk to my room. Unless I have friends along who can carry me, if so pour me another!

This beer truly lives up to it's legend. You don't drink it, you experience it!

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 22:11:50 | More by CraftAleRookie
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Gobzilla

California

4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer so many times but I finally have the guts to review this gem.

A: pours a golden orange with yellow hues as well with a finger of fluffy white head and leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass after every sip.

S: loads of fabulous piney hops with nice sweet malts, citrus fruits, caramel, and hints of honey in the nose as well.

T: beautiful pine hop notes like the nose but the sweet malts balance out perfect and cirtus fruits, caramel, and sweet honey propel the overall flavor experience. Really great balance of ingredients that go into this treat.

M: medium body with moderate amount of carbonation to accent the overall flavor of the beer that has a nice refreshing bitter finish and lingers on the palate.

D: I really appreciate this beer the more I drink it. I can't say enough good things about but I'm glad that I have access to it on a daily basis. I've had it on tap and in bottle but you can't beat a fresh pliny out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 05:25:48 | More by Gobzilla
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DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - somewhat of a hop haze? A midpoint between orange & yellow. Fantastic 2 finger sturdy head with loads of lacing.

S - Not the twangy grapefruit, pine that I was expecting, but indeed a pleasant sweet floral & citrus bouquet.

T - Again not what I was expecting - no over the top bitter, astringent flavours, however, what super way of carrying off the hop flavours of grassy, pine & citrus. No off or indifferent flavours whatsoever. Just a well refined profile.

M - This is where Pliny makes his mark! If I closed my eyes I thought I was drinking a draught version. Very, very creamy and smooth, with a lighter body and mouthfeel. Alcohol is subdued for a DIPA.

D - Well that was a different DIPA than I was expecting for a West Coast brewery. I used think that best was boldest - not true anymore. What a wonderful hoppy & drinkable DIPA.

Thanks to a fellow beer hunter for directing me onto this last bottle of PTE in the store!

A fellow hophead shared this bottle with me - our hop smiles were in full gear after this beer.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 23:06:38 | More by DrMalt
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alli4051

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint.

Bottled on 3/23/10. Consumed on 5/2/2010.

Pours a slightly hazy, coppery, golden color. Small but thick white head that recedes quickly and leaves lots of lacing behind. Nose is hugely hoppy, mostly citrus hops. Taste follows the nose with tons of hops. That hop bitterness is off the charts but in a good way, not like some other double IPAs that just fry the palate. Despite the abundance of hop flavor and bitterness there is a distinctly malty note towards the finish. The high abv is well hidden, although as it warms some alcohol notes find their way through. Drinkability is great too, could drink these all day were it not for the high abv. This is a GREAT beer but I think I got a little swept away in all the hype as I felt a bit disappointed. Maybe I'll see if I can get a fresher bottle next time around but I doubt much could have possible been lost in a little over a month. A thoroughly excellent beer but not the epic IPA I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 02:42:10 | More by alli4051
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad I finally managed to get hooked up with another bottle of this as it's been almost a year since the first time I was able to try this beer, and it was well worth the wait. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass, the review is from notes taken on 5/22/2010.

Appearance: Pour is a crisp, golden and coppery color and starts with a 1/2 finger white head with pretty decent retention; head eventually fades to a full, but uneven skim; body is perfectly clear and shows light carbonation; the beer leaves nice washes and spots and small curtains of lacing behind as I drink it down.

Smell: Tons of wonderfully bitter and smooth citric hops (grapefruit and orange peel) -- nose is super strong and just makes my mouth water thinking about drinking this beer; a slight malty and sweet backing kind of sneaks in there, but the hops really dominate and they're awesome!

Taste: Holy schyte, near perfect! Tons of wonderfully bitter and citric and flavorful hops -- a perfectly balanced beer with a slight honey-sweet malt backing that allows those hops to dominate -- wonderfully simple, but amazingly awesome and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, and the carbonation is smooth, yet present; doesn't sit heavy at all which is a little strange for a DIPA, but damn, I'll take it! Very crisp and refershing; a nice thick coating is left on the mouth.

Drinkability: This is definitely an all-day kind of beer. I don't care if it's 8% or not, I would glady drink this one as much as possible as it's so damn refreshing and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 23:48:39 | More by bamadog
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - hazy, glowing orange, thick off-white head, pretty much leaves a sheet of lacing behind

S - sweet mango, tropical, bitter grapefruit, light pine, very nice nose, though not huge, quite sweet-ish, though not from malt

T - tight bitter pine, great interplay with sweet malt and tropical hop notes, awesome hop flavour from start to finish and well into the aftertaste

M - very creamy and smooth, despite the light body, alcohol is certainly present, very dry finish, lip-smacking

D - believe the hype, and excellent DIPA, insane drinkability despite the alcohol

It has been a while since I have had a fresh, quality IPA/DIPA. It is so easy to throw hops into a beer, but crafting an excellent IPA is a completely different thing. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 20:27:38 | More by markaberrant
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wyattshotmaker

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a dfh chalice, great looking golden orange. super nice fluffy white head and lacing.

nose has alot of grassy/herbal notes,a bit of pine. nice grapefruit notes as well.i guess a good descriptor would be "dank",just really big herbal/grass aroma.a bit of malt sweetness comes through in the nose.

nice piney burst upfront, followed by some grassy notes, a bit of honey like malt comes through.finishes with a lingering bitter citrus rind flavor. very very herbal, which i like alot. the herbal/pine/grassy hop flavors meld very well together. it isn't overwhelmingly bitter either,

this beer is medium light in body which doesn't hinder it at all. on the contrary i think it adds to the drinkability.

i really wanted to not like this beer based on the hype but it's a prototypical double ipa.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 20:17:36 | More by wyattshotmaker
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grittybrews

Washington

4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottled four days ago. Poured a clear, rich gold with around a finger of bright white head that faded fairly quickly.

Powerful pine aroma with hints of grass, grapefruit, and honey. One of the most fragrant beers I've enjoyed.

Average carbonation and a light, resinous mouthfeel. Surge of pine and grapefruit up front with hints of caramel and lime. Long finish with lots more astringent pine. Hops aplenty!

Snap up a bottle whenever I see it; have to pace myself as it's so easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 03:41:59 | More by grittybrews
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ricke

Sweden

4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color with a sticky off-white head that leaves nice lacings.

The aroma very intense with a big punch of exotic fruits - grapefruit, pineapple, mango, you name it. Grassy and resiny hop aromas as well, and hints of tobacco. Crisp malts underneath provides a lovely balance.

The flavor is fairly sweet with a nice crisp maltiness of caramel beneath an abundance of hops. Hops, hops and more hops. Great juicy fruit aromas and notes of pine-needles. The finish is bitter and resiny with lingering fresh hop notes.

Big body, smooth mouthfeel with a nice semi-dry finish.

As far as Double IPAs goes, it doesn't get much better than this. Easy to drink is an understatement for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 22:34:30 | More by ricke
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andyfrancis

California

4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy, pale almost apricot color. Generous foam that is reducing and clumping nicely. Looks delicious.

Great bouquet. Generous fruity hops on a pale malt backdrop.

So smooth as I swirl it on my tongue. A little malt right upon swallowing, followed by a hop blast that tickles my tongue.

Perfect amount of carbonation, finishes incredibly clean given it's bold flavors and alcohol content.

It's no secret that there's a lot of hype surrounding this brew, but also no surprise once you've had it. Just a great beer. Simple as that.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 18:30:07 | More by andyfrancis
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beersheppard

Texas

4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: deep golden color, good head retention, good lacing.

Smell: citrus, pine, big on the hoppiness. Big nose.

Taste: oh yeah! Such delicious citrus hop flavor a little pine. You can't tel that it is eight percent alcohol.

Mouthfeel: full, substantial, good feel.

Drinkability: Why can't this beer be in TX?!?!! So good. TABC, I will be waiting for this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 05:40:10 | More by beersheppard
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on April 23, 2010, enjoyed on May 18, 2010.

Very clear, deep golden colour with a firm three fingers of off white head. Head slow to recede, lots of visible carbonation. Bits of lacing here and there. Looks like it could be in an advertisement.

Smells like citrus, in a big way. Grapefruit rind, lemon and lime, a bit of mandarin sweetness. A dash of pine for good measure. Big hop nose.

Tastes like one real hoppy beer. Orange sweetness right up front followed by a strongly citric ride of hops from middle to ending. Despite so much focus on bitter flavour, it comes across as smooth tasting.

Light bodied but a bit slick/oily. Carbonation just above average. Good feel to it.

Despite being 8% abv and full of hops, this is no sipper, it drinks like a session beer. I can see why it is so loved. Big thanks to Rod for bringing home this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 03:11:27 | More by elricorico
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ekardz

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/29/10 - poured into Sam Adams pint glass, also had this on tap last week at the falling rock.

A - yellow/golden, slightly cloudy, half finger head, leaves lacing throughout beer and on glass, lots of carbonation, alive and inviting.

S - very hoppy, some oniony notes, citrusy, piney, very floral, smell some grapefruit as well.

T - lots of hops, definitely taste some light citrus/grapefruit.

M - very smooth, medium bodied, lots of carbonation but does not interfere, finishes nice and dry.

D - very drinkable, love and will have again. An AMAZING DIPA, not the best, but quite good. I still prefer to drink Founders Double Trouble, but glad I have tried, and will seek this beer out again!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 02:15:33 | More by ekardz
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LukeD23

Delaware

4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to a friendly beeradvocater I am getting to try this beer here on the east coast! Thanks so much!

Pours a very nice pure golden color with a bone white head.

Aroma of pine, fresh cut grass, and tarragon are smelled upon cracking the bottle. The hop aroma is so close to a fresh hop vine it is hard to believe. I get a slight grassy note, with grapefuit and a backround of pear.

Flavor - ok let me tackle the malt first..malt character is a subtle sourdough and caramel malts, obviously this beer is not about the malt, but, it is a very nice backround to the beer. On to the hops, I am utterly amazed at the hop flavor in this beer. As a homebrewer this beer is as close to eating or drinking a hop cone as I have come, there are lots of herbal notes coming through and a small amount of citrus lime peel, and finishing with a spicey punch. There is alot of that dankey hop flavor coming through...I hear this beer is calculated at some 250+ibus, but the bitterness is amazingly subdued, It tasted like a 90 ibu beer, but the hop sweetness is so full so rounded, I am blown away. (subnote, just gave my fiancee a taste of this beer and she said it was nice and balanced! Im so proud!!!)

Mouthfeel is so solid, it supports the hop flavor. It is medium bodied and finishes dry. Not very dry, but dry. I could drink multiple pints of this stuff, dangerous at 8%. mmmm

overall- I would say this is by far the best double IPA I have had, it has so much hop flavor and aroma, yet is drinkable, I have had alot of double IPas that leave me reaching for water to try to cleanse the palate, not with Pliny. As an east coaster I am blown away, I live next door to Dogfish Head, so I love hoppy beer, but this one is like 90 through 2 or 3 randells. Thanks Vinnie!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:54:32 | More by LukeD23
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sidetracked

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a light cream head. Bottle dated 4/29/2010, consumed 5/14/2010.

Smells of pine, grapefruit, and citrus with a bitter crispness.

Taste is bitter pine and grapefruit with a light toffee malt middle. Finish is bitter and mostly pine and grapefruit peel.

Light to medium body with good carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Much better than the last bottle--more citrus/grapefruit aroma and flavor without the odd chalky bitterness. Nice mix of pine and grapefruit, enjoyable hop presence, and easy to drink.

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Original Review - 4/30/2010. 4.5/4.0/3.0/4.0/3.5

Traded for at Dark Lord Day and drank last night. Bottle dated 3/26/2010. There is a lot of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Pours a hazy pale amber with an off-white head. Good head retention and lots of lacing.

Smell is bitter piney hops.

The taste follows the smell with strong piney hops leading way to a minuscule malt presence. Odd bitter finish reminds me of orange peel or unripened fruit. No bitter grapefruit flavor to be found.

Mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a somewhat high carbonation level.

This was not what I was expecting. The hop/malt balance is good, but the hop flavors just didn't appeal to me. The bitterness wasn't pleasant and the flavor was very one-dimensional. I'm going to give this the benefit of the doubt and try to seek out another bottle based on others' reviews.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 12:20:26 | More by sidetracked
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to thick white head and lace, hazy orange-yellow color. Aroma is piney, citrusy and a little sweet malt thrown in. Flavor is piney, resiny and crisp with enough malt to balance. Mouthfeel is light-medium with alcohol warmth. Overall very good but not living up to its hype.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 00:09:53 | More by EagleTalon
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busternuggz

California

4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful deep golden color with a nice fluffy head. Delicious smells of grapefruit and orange and a little pine, which also came through in the taste. Has a nice malt balance and a pleasant aftertaste too, not too bitter, held on just the right amount of time. The most remarkable thing about it was the super creamy and smooth texture of the beer, unlike any IPA I've ever had. Very drinkable, had the whole bottle myself and could have had another.
I don't know about it being in the top ten, but this is definitely one of the best IPA's I've had. I think I liked Blind Pig a little better though.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 13:28:11 | More by busternuggz
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chaz01

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sharing a bottle with my wife courtesy of a trade with mobz24. Freshness date indicates bottled on 042310. Served in a large Belgian style tulip glass.

A: Clear golden color, lots of bubbles rising up from the bottom, good sized creamy white head with some lacing.

S: Wonderful piney and pineapple aroma truly makes this beer.

T: A bit average bready cracker-like taste up front that turns into more of a citrus flavor. The beer wows you at the end with a burst of intense hoppiness in the finish. Somewhat piney and grapefruity, the taste lingers in the mouth for a long time.

M: Very nicely carbonated and medium bodied.

D: Very smooth and refreshing -- 8% ABV is well hidden. Going to need to round up some more Southern Tier to ship to CA -- I can get used to drinking this. It's not overpowering like a Hopslam or Nugget Nectar -- but rather crisp and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 00:34:31 | More by chaz01
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Norsebrew

Colorado

4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried 4 bottles and one draft in San Diego.

A-Hop aroma is up front with grassy, citrus hops. Light malt. No alcohol or diacetyl.

Ap-Golden color. Medium head with great amazing lace.

F-Light malt with complex citrus, bitterness from hops. Nice balance with slight pleasant bitter aftertaste.

M-medium body. Medium carbonation. Low alcohol

Overall: An amazing example of a double IPA. I wish more were shipped to Colorado!! One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 01:14:50 | More by Norsebrew
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wedgie9

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 500mL bottle, bottled on 3/26/10. Pours a beautiful amber orange with a long lasting white head. Nose is somewhat floral with honeysuckle, pine aroma, caramel malt, grapefruit hops. The flavors are very clean and balanced. There is nice grapefruit, pine resin, caramel malt, and a bitter hops finish. The palate is nearly perfect. Just enough coating with medium carbonation and a long, but very pleasant bitter finish. Overall, this is an excellent IIPA. Perhaps the best word to describe it is clean, and I will gladly drink this whenever I can get some fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 05:15:41 | More by wedgie9
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honestdave

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this one in a trade with Gabriel. Thanks again! Bottled on date of 4/05/10. Pretty fresh stuff!

A: Pours a hazy golden hue with a very nice, fluffy, egg white consistency head. Lighter appearance than what I would have expected from a DIPA.

S: Really piney and citrusy nose. Smells as fresh and hoppy as DIPA's get. Can't wait to taste!

T: Grapefruit skin. Intense bitterness. Bright hoppy zinger! Much more hop forward and less malty than many of the other DIPA's that I have enjoyed. As I drain this bottle...I'm already wishing for more.

M: Refreshing, dry, lighter than I would expect for something as flavorful as this.

D: Easy to drink and easy to enjoy every last ounce. Wish I had more. Wish I could drink several on tap. Maybe Russian River can send me a plane ticket and bring me to CA so I can indulge?

Summary: Deservedly at the top of every WANT list. Has the hop bitterness that can be enjoyed again and again...assuming you have the resources to trade or fly to sunny CA! RR - Send me a ticket!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 22:30:31 | More by honestdave
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pastradul

California

4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i have had Pliny before on draft...and I never really was impressed by it all that much. So I decided I wanted to try it out of a fresh bottle.

Had on 5-7-10, the bottle was brewed on 4-25-10. Doesn't get all that fresher!

Poured a bright yellow with a nice white head on it.

I can smell the pine and hops from about 2 feet away!

The taste is amazing. Crisp pine and citrus with an amazing hop bite at the end. A nice bitter taste left on the mouth.

i am sold, fresh pliny from the bottle is no joke!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 15:38:22 | More by pastradul
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DrDoitchbig

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's finally time for me to sample my first bottle of Pliny. Bottled 4/23, thanks to a very generous trader!

Appearance: Poured a few shades darker than honey, with glimpses of orange and red. The head was off-white and looked quite creamy. It started out at around two fingers, it dissipated within a few minutes there was enough left for some generous lacing to be had. It seems to share the odd quality of it's little brother Blind Pig. Both of them just seem to glow in the right lighting.

Smell: Wow. This is just phenomenal. It's just so lush, juicy and fruity. Tropical fruits come to mind, mango and pineapple specifically. There's also a big kick of grapefruit. Some flowery pine hangs around in the background. If I said I was picking up any malt here, I'd be lying. My novice nose can't get past the wondrous hop explosion.

Taste: Every damn bit as good as the aroma. It might be even stronger. All the tropical fruits are here and I do believe they are even bigger than the smell. The grapefruit is huge and nearly as strong as the tropical fruit punch orgy. I said it before a moment ago, but really I just can't get over how juicy this is. Past that there is some subdued pine along with some grassy tones. I can pick up on the malts in the taste, they're far in the background providing a bit of sweetness. But I can't quite compare them to anything specific.

Mouthfeel: The body is perfect for the style. The carbonation is just right where I want it to be, it's got a nice crisp finish. Awesome creaminess with a bit of slick, resinous jag in there also.

Drinkability: I could drink pints of this stuff until I can't see straight. This is exactly the kind of DIPA that I seek out. I love the tropical and grapefruit vibes and this has them in droves. It's not a palate wrecker either. Just delicious and refreshing.

Overall I do believe I've found my new favorite DIPA. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be able to stroll into my local beer shop and find this on the shelves. If I could do that I'd certainly pick up a couple bottles on every trip. I'm always skeptical about these hyped beers, but this one has earned every bit of it's spot in the Top 10.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 05:32:03 | More by DrDoitchbig
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,888 ratings.