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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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12,014 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,014
Reviews: 3,396
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,924
Gots: 2,588 | FT: 85
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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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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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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On tap at my local watering hole in a shaker pint.

A- Bright golden with a 1 finger white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S- Awesome! Bright pine, grapefruit bouquet of hops. Not much malt to this one.

T- Phenomenal! Big pine hops up front with some grapefruit. Well balanced with some light caramel tones through the drink and finishes with a lasting bitterness. Alcohol is nearly non-existent.

M- Spot on. Nice carbonation for the style leaves the body light-medium. Very clean and fresh.

O- I have had PtE many times in the bottle, on tap, and at the brewery. It never dissapoints and is really the touchstone that I compare all DIPAs to. My favorite beer for a reason.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here we go – Pliny the Elder – a benchmark DIPA that every nuevo beer geek name drops (Yes we know – you knew Vinnie, back from his Korbel days)

If you are on the east coast – fugetaboutit – you are not gona get it unless you are in PA, which for some strange reason RR distributes to, or trade. Even on the west coast its fairly hard to come by. You have to be in the know – you have to speak in tongues to cheese monger at whole foods – or be in the know at certain bottle shops

So …does it live up to the hype, does it deserve to be in the beer hall of fame.

Cracked a bottle - dated 1/16/2012 – poured into a tulip
About a finger and half of off white cream colored head – that dissipates fairy quickly – not surprised at 8%abv.
Color is a very nice, perfectly clear (a first I might add for me – usually there is a hop haze) golden color
The nose – wow – text book west coast DIPA – citrus, pine, mango, but also malts.
A great looking and smelling west coast DIPA.

The tastes follows the nose, initial bitterness which is telling you that I’m a DIPA but its quickly counterbalanced by the malts and tropical fruits – ends dry and leaves your palate wanting more

I can not emphasize how balanced this beer is – perfect carbonation, medium bodied,
it hides the IBU’s (listed at a 100) and the EtOH so well.

A true showcase for the humble lupus salictarius.

Simply put -- EPIC -- it lives up to and surpasses the hype.

Find it, get it, drink it

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Too many other beers I wanted to try at RR so I brought this one home to enjoy. Bottled 020612 so only a few days old.

A-With a vigorous pour from bottle into pint glass this one pours 3 fingers of rocky white head, that laces the glass while you drink and maintains a layer while drinking. Completely clear with a golden color.

S-Hop bomb. Citrus (tangerine), piney and slightly floral. Actually smells a bit buttery/creamy. Plenty of malted barley aroma as well.

T-The hops are in charge upfront and in the finish. Really heavy on the pine needle and sap character. Some fresh grass here too. Some malt in the middle but is quickly dominated by more hops. Finish is long and definitely bitter.

M-Is a bit pine sappy and sticks to the palate with resiny bitterness. It actually starts making my mouth water after putting a few ounces down. Plenty of lively carbonation there as well. Alcohol is non existant-well done at 8%.

O-This is a must for hop heads-definitely leans heavy on the pine tree type hop flavor. I prefer more of a tropical hop bite versus this resiny pine tree style. If you like your bitter receptors pounded into oblivion this is a great beer for you. I'd rather have a Bell's Hophead that balances the hops with a little more malt backbone. A fun beer to try-but I dig others much better than this one.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,014 ratings.