Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 11,456
Reviews: 3,259
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,355
Gots: 2,156 | FT: 67
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003)
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5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler from Russian River consumed later on the same day.

A: Amber/orange color with a faint white head. Carbonated well to leave a lasting head. White lacing on the glass tracked my progress.

S: Incredible hop aroma. Bursts of Simcoe hops filled the air as soon as the growler was popped.

T: Hop flavors match the aroma. Perfect balance between hops and malt. Alcohol is difficult to detect.

M: Very pleasing to the palate. Hop bitterness leaves a dry feeling, which only makes me want more.

O: This is the gold standard for a double IPA. I am looking forward to returning to Russian River today for Happy Hour Pliny the Elder.

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

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at 4th Street Bar & Grill (San Francisco, CA).

A: Burnt amber with 1/2-finger of off-white frothy head with good retention and lacing.

S: Pine resin dominates far and away followed by grapefruit citrus and honeysuckle. The malt plays little to no role in the aroma.

T: The resinous flavor of this beer is staggering and it melds with the citrus and some of the milder tropical fruit components beautifully. The maltiness is no slouch but mainly provides a light caramel base rather than much sweetness.

M: Slick and thick with some chewiness due to the prodigious malt base. Aftertaste is piney but not at all astringent.

O: This was so good I had a pint all 4 nights we went out in SF. Delicious stuff but you have to be careful with it.

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4.33/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supposed to be a 12oz pour, but closer to a pint, into a pint glass. On tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA in June.

A Pours a golden copper with a thin white head, she prob didnt pour correctly, with soft lacing.

S Smells sweet and bready, like pale malts covered in grapefruit and limey citrus sprinkled generously with pine needles. After a swirl, more lemons and possibly something like coriander.

T Taste is sweet citrusy oranges with grapefruit overtop a bready malt base much like the nose but differently laid out. Piney bitterness on the roof and in the finish, lingering bitterness and grapefruit.

M It's smooth and light, astringent in the middle.

O It's very refreshing, crisp, fruity, nice, but possibly a bit overhyped, but its pretty damn good. Great balance.

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

I first had Pliny the Elder @ Bouchon in Yountville. A huge IPA fan, I needed to see and try Pliny for myself. Didn't think it could really live up to the hype, and it would just be a pallet refresher for all the great Napa Cabs we tasted that day.

Ordered a Bottle, poured into a tall pilsner glass. Golden color, 1/2" head, clean, crisp, fresh hops on the pallet and the nose.
Outstanding...and now a secret stash heading east for Me.
Seek it out if you can.

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice yellowish amber, just slightly cloudy.

Smells like hops. Great floral and piney citrus notes

Tastes bright and piney, reflects the great nose up front, not much malt, and that's just about right. Great hops on the aftertaste.

Feels thin, hides the alcohol well, almost light feeling, strange for an 8%.

This is an IPA that all IPAs wish they were. The essence of IPA. Hops punch perfectly, I haven't had many IPAs better than this. I can see why it has the high rating, easily one of my new favorite beers, to live upto the hype is difficult, to surpass it like this does is amazing


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

Was lucky to find this at my local shop, which is a real treat on the east coast. Bottled 11/17/11, which is just about two weeks ago.

Pours golden straw with a tint of orange and a perfect, thick, lacy head. Aroma is incredible: citrus, pine, with a touch of alcohol too.

Taste is more pine than the nose, citrus again and a perfect balance of malt and hops. The finish is dry, velvety smooth and full of delicious citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange). Lots of DIPA's can have a sweet, sticky aftertaste but no trace of that here. And, like most RR beers, the flavors are perfectly blended and balanced.

Great, great beer. I've had fresh drafts of this on the west coast and I think the flavors are even more vibrant out of a fresh keg. It's a brilliant thing RR has figured out here: fresh hops are better and the best way to keep beer fresh for your customers is to ensure that it flies off the shelves.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,456 ratings.