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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

9,821 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 9,821
Reviews: 3,125
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,515
Gots: 1,476 | FT: 55
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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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flown in fresh from Cali via duffextracold.

Large white head over a clear, light orange beer. Bubble pile retention leaves delicate coral lace stuck to mine glass.

Aroma: soft pine hop jumps on top of sweet citrus candy hops with a sexy third party pepper hop. Corn muffin?

Thin, dry biscuity malt under a citrus hop medley--kind of like a bunch of those sugared candy fruit slices.

It's good...it's very good. But I was expecting everything I had ever dreamed in a bottle which it isn't.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 23:03:34 | More by donkeyrunner
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

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

Clear tangerine copper. Luscious near white creamy head with good retention. Fine etched laces between rings of thick lace.

Juicy fresh hops, what a bouquet. Grapefruit, tangerine, tropical fruit, floral, spicy, piney, herbal, resiny. Light biscuit-like malt in the background.

Fresh and juicy - floral, orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruit. Spicy dank herbal resins, pine, slight ganja. Just a touch of toasty biscuit like malt that sets the stage for the hops to attack the palette. Big resinous piney bitterness. yum

Sticky, mouth coating, dry, yet crisp and refreshing. A nice drinkable body. And well carbonated.

So drinkable, a refreshing hoppy masterpiece. One of the best DIPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 22:26:28 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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happilysurly

Minnesota

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

500ml bottle. Pours burnished bronze. Aroma is pineapple and grapefruit and fresh wet hops, not piney. Big, full flavor. TONS of hops, much less malt flavor. Has a bitterness that is not overpowering, not sharp, but lingers. It isn't overly sharp like a lot of ipa's or alcoholy like a lot of imperial ipa's. The balance is quite remarkable. Finish is tropical fruitiness. This beer was 6 weeks old when consumed and tastes really really fresh, not in a green way, but in a fresh home brewed way.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 16:17:07 | More by happilysurly
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pants678

California

4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City.

Came in a tulip type glass with a narrow top. The head was a single finger, white and frothy with excellent retention. The body is a clouded gold, pristine yellow.

A well hopped citrus with notes of pine and an underline of yeast on the nose.

I'm not one for the IPAs at all, but this was beyond genre and type. The subtle mix of fruits, grapefruit, orange and mango is a perfect match for notes of coriander and pine with a dry hop back. The Elder's just bitter enough, off-setting the grain/grass without ever being sour. A musty-sweet. No reminder of the 8% by volume.

Smooth and tart as the best hefeweizens, crisp as the best czech pilsners. Like a kolsch, this was the perfect match for my burger, easily could have put away a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2010 11:51:15 | More by pants678
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dfillius

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed this one several times on tap and now I'm tucking in with a bottle to review. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Moderate pour yields one finger of white head with very good retention. Hazy golden amber liquid. Beautiful!

S: Solidly hoppy: pine, garlic, slight citrus. Some esters provide a vehicle to keep the hop aroma aloft.

T: Very bitter, yet with a great malt character too. Rich flavor, I want more! Balanced DIPA, but definitely on the hoppy side of the style.

M: Round, full, bitter. Rich.

D: So high. I want another right now! I will definitely buy again. Still one of the best beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 03:03:18 | More by dfillius
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HopHead29

Ohio

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

Served in a snifter

Appearance is clear goldish coloring with decent white head. Leaves some lacing.

Smell is of grass and citrus. Big hop odor here.

taste is the same with some hints of lemon and lime and flower pedals. Has a big malt presence as well to balance it out.

really impressed with the balance of this beer. Very drinkable. Very happy with this beer

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 01:29:21 | More by HopHead29
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Jason

Massachusetts

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

NOTE: If you are drinking this beer about 2 months past its freshness date then you are not getting the full experience.

500ml brown bottle with a bottled on freshness date.

Mildly hazed orange golden color, solid two fingers of head leave a nice crowning of sticky lace that leaves thick rings on the glass. Big hop aroma of evergreen, clementine rind, pineapple and fresh cut grass. Super smooth with a modest amount of carbonation. Prickly spicy hop bitterness with citric, mint and wild flower flavors that linger far into the aftertaste. Hint of nutty yeast and a big handful of biscuity malt are thrown at the palate and actually shows that this beer has balance. Full bursting orange grove flavor. The 8.0% stays hidden for the most part yet does yield a slow warmth about half way through the pint, a bit of ripe tropical fruitiness within from the esters. Finishes with that long drawn out hop bitterness and flavor as it leans towards the dry side.

Epic, a deserving epic as well even with all of the hype surrounding PTY. Pliny The Elder is the poster-boy for Double IPAs. Every hophead needs to put this on their must try list.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 02:55:40 | More by Jason
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imblane

California

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

I finally decided to review this one after drinking God knows how many.

A - crystal clear golden pale yellow with a nice two finger head that leaves strong lacing as it dissipates.

S - Big hop aroma! The freshest hop nose of any beer I have tried. The Columbus, and Simcoe hops are king. There are a few Centennial there, but citrusy piny Simcoe seems to be the signature here.

T - Wow, is this beer really 8%? nice rounded bitterness from the Columbus hops and the Simcoes come in and round out the hoppiness with an adequate malt backbone. No alcohol noted which is significant in an 8% beer.

M - Dry with a crisp hoppy bite. Not too dry but not cloying at all.

D - I can drink 3 or 4 of these easy! The abv creeps up on me about that time and smacks me in the back of the head. The most drinkable of any 8% beer I have tried.

To me this personifies the style. I have had Pliny's younger nephew, but for the average evening I prefer the Elder! Of note, I had one of these this evening after a PTY and it was the last pour from the keg. It had a sinificant amount of yeast in the glass and it looked like a Hefeweizen! The server offered to pour me another or give it to me for free, but I declined. The yeast added a layer of complexity I had not seen before in this beer. The best PTE I have had!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 07:24:09 | More by imblane
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paKIRK

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance---golden amber very clear mid size bubbles fades quick to a nice little island leaves some lacing

smell---citrus, pine and some floral notes

taste---grapefruit, mango with some pine there is a slight spicy pungent no real malt taste a very nice dry crisp finish this is a hop bomb

mouthfeel---a smooth medium light very carbonated

drinkability--- this beer goes down very smooth but its high alcohol content could grt me in trouble

bomber dated on 1-14-10 drank tonight poured it in to a samuel adams glass

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 04:59:48 | More by paKIRK
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks, to skuter for this one!

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice thick head that thins out across the Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Smells exceptional. One of the best smelling beers ever. Lots of peach smell with a hint of grapefruit and pine. The taste is of course bitter that's balanced out with citrusy hop taste and just a touch of malt. Highly drinkable with a near perfect mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:32:49 | More by andrewinski1
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank several ounces of Pliny the Elder at the Extreme Beerfest. It's basically Pliny the Youngers little brother.

The beer pours a clear, honey yellow color with a creamy, small white head on top. The aroma is very hoppy with grassy and grapefruit citrus notes.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth with a mild fizz on the palate. The flavor is mostly hops with notes of grass and grapefruit citrus. A fair amount of sweet dry malt and fruity yeast notes balance out the hops. It finishes dry with linger citrus hops once the beer is gone.

This beer is easier to drink than Pliny the Younger. It's smoother, lighter bodied, well balanced and very flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 01:47:35 | More by WanderingFool
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TheycallmeTim

New York

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

Bottle with a date of 1.6.10 poured into a Hennepin flute.

A--Orange like a lollipop or Skittle body, two finger creamy white head. Picture perfect. Looks juicy.

S--Soft, in a weird way. I am getting some earth and a lot of fruit that grows where there's lots of sun, namely orange, mango and pineapple. But also gentler floral notes pull through toward the end of my sniffs. Surprised how not in-your-face this was. Happily surprised.

T--Again, tastes accomplished, for lack of a better word, in terms of the way it was hopped. Very little malt, so the "balance" is between the sweeter fruit and floral flavors and the more bitter sawdust pine. What's nice is how earthy the hops are, too--is this what Crystal hops do? If so, I gotta get me some. The earth makes for a nice foundation for the other hop flavors.

M&D--Mouthfeel for me shines brightest. It's creamy and smooth as hell. Absolutely nothing demanding your palate with regard to the carbonation or overall feel. Complements the flavor profile perfectly.

Good drinkability, but, ok, I gotta say it: given the price point, given how hard this bugger is to get, is it /really/ that good? I smell hype, and it's a little rotten. I just don't see a marked difference between this beer and Sierra Nevada's wet hop harvest, and the latter's cheaper and more widely distributed (not to mention the lower ABV lets you drink more of it while still tasting its complexity). I guess the holy grail factor makes this beer more highly rated. Not that I'd turn it down. Ever. Clearly the product of a great deal of experience and precision. Tastes like what American craft brewing is all about.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 21:29:12 | More by TheycallmeTim
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meeekyh

Colorado

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

Poured from the 16.9oz bottle.

Pours a lithg bolden yellow with an off-white fluffy head leaving spotty, pillowy lacing.

Nose is grainy, musty, citrus hops and subdued yeast.

Taste is sligtly sweet, bitter, tart, grapefruit in spades, apple, fruity and floral... the taste is remarkable in that it overshadows the nose.

Body is meduim, crispy and dry.

Good beer to be sure.
Slainte.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 07:11:39 | More by meeekyh
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1fastz28

Illinois

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

this was a real treat, my buddy had this shipped from cali for my birthday, i told him i didn't think i'd ever get one. has a pretty clear color on it, compared to other IPA's also has a nice white head and laces nicely too. smell is just awesome, has a nice mixture of mostly floral hops but with a hint of citrus, just awesome.. taste is heavenly, i'm sad that i wont be able to get it again, but i'm ecstatic that i get to drink it, it really is a treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 04:02:32 | More by 1fastz28
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Bubba83

California

4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle off the Pliny tree in my backyard. Finally realized I've somehow never sat down and reviewed old geezer Pliny. Poured into a tumbler at ~45 degrees.

Bottled on date of 01/14/10. OMG, it's over a month old, surely it must have lost all it's incredible flavors by now!!!

The appearance has no faults. I poured at a somewhat slow rate down the side of the glass and ended up with three finger widths of glowing white head. Texture of the head is foamy looking, with bubbles of all sizes. Head retention is excellent, and there is a decent ring of sudsy stuff on top that sticks around. Splotchy lacing that has really good cling to it. The body is a mid-range orange color with some straw highlights and tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smells quite impressive, and has a unique quality of deep forest to it that no other company can seem to achieve. There's also some grapefruit pith, but mostly just lots and lots of pine. If I reviewed this before trying Younger it'd probably have a 5 in aroma, but the Younger is quite a bit more pungeant and has more complexity as well. I also get a hint of tropical fruits like pineapple.

Tastes great, even late. Smack of grapefruit rolls across the tongue, with some very faint caramel-like sweetness picking up in the midrange. Tropical fruity type flavors are here too. Grassy flavors take it from there and lead into a ridiculous amount of pine needles and spruce for the finale. There's some lemon zest in the finish too. Just absolutely fantastic flavor bursting out everywhere in my mouth.

Mouthfeel is spot on for a DIPA. I've found a lot of other DIPAs are too thick, overly creamy, and just not "lively" enough. It has just the right amount of slick oilyness to it while retaining a good bit of carbonation. Finishes quite dry for a big beer which is Vinnie's M.O. when it comes to brewing IPAs.

Drinks great, though it's pretty damn bitter with almost no sweetness for balance. I don't mind the skew but others might not care for it. There are very few DIPAs that I can actually say are refreshing to drink, and this is one of those few. Vinnie, please have my children.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 08:21:29 | More by Bubba83
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goatgoat

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/6/10. Poured into a pint.

Pours a light sunshine gold with honey tints. A nice meringue head and strings of thick lace. An earthy pine is upfront, followed by grapefruit and a bare hint of tropical fruits. There's a resin in the aroma as well. This beer is surprisingly thick in the mouth. Taste is predictably hop-forward. More tropical notes come through in the taste. A nice clean bitter finish. An odd balance between coating and drying.

This is nice... but maybe not as nice as I expected. The curse of high expectations perhaps. Or maybe it's the fact that I'm moving towards lower ABV brews. Either way, I preceded this with a Blind Pig and for me, the Pig is the way to go.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:59:49 | More by goatgoat
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mjn5036

New Hampshire

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

Pours a wonderful golden orange color with a large white head. A lot of viscous white lacy head retention; just excellent. Smells of pine, orange zest, fresh flower bouquet, ripe fruits and grass. Taste is not a letdown, tastes as it smells. Large piney flavor with citrus and breadiness and an amazingly smooth bitterness throughout that leaves its lasting impression. Very well balanced and smooth, not an overbearing hop bomb - has a slight maltiness to keep it under control. Light carbonation dances gaily upon my tongue. Greatness. I must admit that I have had this fresher and that the hop does seem to fade slightly over the time. Still hands down the best DIPA I have ever had - a real treat to the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 03:52:10 | More by mjn5036
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aglose45

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 01/06/10 .. I've had this many times before, but this is the first time I'm reviewing it. Thanks to stawn as an extra in a trade!

A: Pours a light golden brown color, clear, and with a beautiful frothy, white head. Some lacing is left behind on the walls of my snifter.

S: The first and strongest scent that I pick up is of pine. After that I get some faint tart tropical citrus notes. Backing up the hops is a bread-like malt backbone.

T: The nose doesn't lie. The pine flavor is strong up front, and quickly fades into tart citric peach and grapefruit flavors. There are some other citrus flavors in there too, but the aforementioned ones were most dominant. Again, the hops are backed up by a bread-like malt backbone that is there, just enough, to lend a hand in the flavor department. 4.75/5 .. I adjusted the Smell up to 4.5/5 from 4/5 to account for this.

M: Nice and creamy mouthfeel and a medium amount of prickly carbonation hits the tongue. There is also a substantial amount of hop resin left behind.

D: This beer is always a pleasure to drink when super fresh. After about a month and a half the hops, which are pretty much all this beer is, fade quickly and the brew degrades. Fresh, this beer delivers in an amazing way!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 02:52:05 | More by aglose45
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UA8

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Will.

A- Pours a clear golden/amber color with a two finger tall white head.

S- Big citrus notes of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit. Light caramel malt notes add good balance.

T- Leads with grapefruit and orange peel, midpalate and finish both develope the lead in bigger more complex ways.

M- Clean and crisp with medium mouthfeel and medium high carbonation.

D- Well here it comes and I'm sure that this won't be a popular opinion but while this a really good dipa I feel it just falls amongst the league of high quality citrus forward dipas. I wanted this to be mind blowing but it was just good and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:54:43 | More by UA8
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khumbard

Indiana

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

Review taken from notes, just getting around to inputting some reviews:

11/11/09 - This beer is awesome. The nose on it is ridiculous. It's like sticking your nose into a bag of hops. Taste is smooth, good malty backbone. Good bitterness. Crisp. Awesome. If I could get this... it would always be in my glass... i mean fridge. This is my favorite DIPA and I could put down a number of these in one sitting if I had access to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 22:49:47 | More by khumbard
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to cloudskipper for hooking me up with this bad boy. I raise my glass to you, sir!

Appearance: An easy pour into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass reveals a clear, light bronze/golden colored brew. Much lighter in color than what I expected. Sitting atop this brew is a good half inch worth of white bubbly head that fades away rather quickly leaving behind plenty of thick soapy lacing.

Edit: As I pour the bottom half of the beer into the glass I see the beer turn from clear to cloudy. No other changes in characteristics.

Smell: I could smell the hops from this the instant I opened the bottle and began to pour. Plenty of ripe, citrusy goodness throughout with a nice sweetness balancing it out. There's even a bit of pine resin squeezed in there just to add a bit of complexity. Very inviting.

Taste: My taste buds are immediately assaulted with heap loads of fresh, clean, crisp hoppy goodness. A robust hop profile, bittersweet grapefruit and pine, delicately balanced with (but not outdone by) a clean, sweet malt backbone. I don't want to put the glass down, this is outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full bodied. I could have used maybe a little bit more carbonation, but that would just be nit-picking.

Drinkability: There's not much I can add to this beer than what has already been said. This is simply an outstanding beer. The hop profile is, what I like to call, clean...it's not just a heap of bitterness thrown about like a monkey sh!t fight at the zoo. The hops have character and are finally balanced with the malt. This beer's only rival would have to be its "Younger" brother. Highly highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:17:09 | More by krisandajt
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HopNuggets

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First review ever is a hophead's dream Pliny the Elder. In my book, the standard for DIPAs. This one was brought back to CT for me by a coworker on a San Diego area trip he went on for work. Poured a 500ML bottle dated 01/06/10 into a snifter.

A - Pours so smoothly with an amazing 1+ inch head that dissipates to a 1/8" head that stays around to leave amazing lacing down the sides of the glass. Bright sunrise orange color with tiny bubbles rising to keep the constant head.

S - Smells of citrus and piney notes stand out. Citrus is grapefruit with some orange in there too. A hint of caramel malt comes out as it warms towards the bottom of the glass.

T - Taste if of citrus, orange with a bitterness in the back of your mouth that at times makes your cheeks pucker in. AMAZING! Keeps you going back for more. There is a bit of caramel malt in there that lingers after.

M - The feel is extremely smooth with slight carbonation at the beginning of the glass but carbonation fades towards the bottom of the glass.

D - Watch out for this one at 8% it's very drinkable. If it wasn't so damn hard to get my hands on I would drink this all day everyday.

Today is 2/12/2010 and it's my second Pliny. My first was from the same bottling date but I drank it on 1/29/2010. Over 2 weeks it has lost some spunk, so drink fresh!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 00:18:36 | More by HopNuggets
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks VanillaMike for sharing a bottle!

Bottled in November 2009. Poured into a balloon glass. Nice head and very good lacing. Because it's winter in New England I have been off DIPAs for some time, but Pliny has got me jonesing for more.

The nose on this beer is fantastic - floral, fresh, some citrus, and the stiff pine resin that I just love.

Taste and mouthfeel were as good as any DIPA I have tried. Having never tried Pliny before, I have no idea how much the hop punch fades after a few months, but I thought the freshness was still there. I am of course now curious to try one right after bottling, but who knows when that will be.

I don't care what anyone says about pellets versus extract versus whole-cone fresh hops, this lived up to the hype.

And can someone please explain to me how Pliny ends up in Philly sometimes but never Boston? What's the logic behind that?

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 15:40:12 | More by ElGallo
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My GF ordered 2 bottles online for me for my birthday...

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts with a nice finger thick head that slowly disappears leaving a decent coating stuck to the glass. Beer is a light amber color with lots of tiny sediment in it

S- Has a delicious skunky pine smell with hints of citrus

T- Really has no malt or alcoholic characteristics, but as the BA Double/Imperial IPA style description says... it has a hop profile that will rip your tounge out! I'd say it pretty much lives up to the hype

M- Medium bodied with light medium carbonation... leaves a profound hop bitterness lingering in your taste buds

D- I'm not sure what she paid for this, but my understanding is that in Cali it's pretty reasonably priced... it would definitely be a everyday go to beer

CHEERS!!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 18:01:05 | More by bbeane
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Freethyhops

Alabama

4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 1/14/10 thanks to Doodler for the bottle **just noticed Doodler hooked up the guy below me too** way to spread that Pliny love Scott!

A- pours a light golden orange color with a more than ample white frothy head. great lacing all the way down the glass.

S- full of orange and lemon peel with some floral notes too. totally dominated by the acidic citrus, though.

T- a touch of sweetness up front mixes with a blast of citrus. orange and grapefruit. finishes brutally bitter with a biscuit like malt profile. the light pale malts really let the hops shine.

M- nothing to standout in the mouthfeel. a bit of stickiness with ample carbonation. crisp and dry.

D- extremely delicious stuff that always goes down too fast, leaving you wanting more. I would have this all the time if I had it available. always a pleasure to drink one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 03:22:45 | More by Freethyhops
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,821 ratings.