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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,858 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,858
Reviews: 3,360
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,752
Gots: 2,458 | 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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Photo of Smurf2055
4.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Chuck’s into my Duvel Tulip. 12/02/11 batch. Pours somewhat murky golden orange with three fingers of white head. Smells of pine, grapefruit, hops, resin. It’s not intrusively bitter, but you can sense the hop presence. Smooth, crisp, refreshing front. Grapefruit citrus middle. Pine finish. Remarkably complex, and sits on the palate very well. Very well done IPA, certainly up there among my favorite. It’s an experience to say the least.

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

I know, right? Another great review of Pliny the Elder. I would say Russian River has earned it!

bottled: 12-2-11

Pliny pours a golden yellow-orange color. The bottle I had was perfectly carbonated with a marshmallow fluff white foam head and bubbles that rise throughout entire consumption.

The aroma of this brew is unmatched. So many layers: grapefruit, lemon, orange. Not one ounce of sour in this smell. Literally can smell it from across the table.

Flavor is balance of caramel/toffee with citrus and grapefruit. Slightest hint of cherry as the beer flavor lingers. No alcohol character, which is how a 8% IPA can be, but seldom is. Carbonation is plentiful, but not overwhelming.

When you put your mind to it, a great product can be created. Russian River is committed to making outstanding brews. Pliny the Elder is a testament to that commitment.

Thanks to azdback for sharing.

Cheers, and Merry Christmas!

Photo of dinojrbtom
5/5  rDev +7.3%

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

This is the beer that got me hooked on craft beer several years ago. Naturally then, it should be my first review. I can't add much more than what's already been said; this is a great benchmark for what an American IPA should be. The smell, taste, and feel of this beer are all outstanding. The first time I tried it, I described it as tasting a bit like a forest. A lot of earthy hops balanced with a nice malt background give it a complex flavor. It's very smooth and inviting, and you definitely don't taste the alcohol, which at 8% can catch up to you quickly.

The craft beer scene has put out a lot of good IPAs recently; I would say some even surpass Pliny, but this beer will always be the standard by which those other beers are judged by. I've also had it in the bottle and it was also very good. If you haven't had this beer before, or if you haven't had it in a while, it's most definitely worth drinking.

Photo of StonePhil
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bostonryan
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of coldriver
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Russian River brewbub in Santa Rosa Dec 22. Poured a deep amber, they actually handed it to me with out much head, but great lacing. Fantastic citrus pine hop aromas matched by the outstanding grapefruit, citrus pine taste. For me the mouthfeel was the most impressive aspect - how are they able to get such a juicy hop finish with it being so very dry at the same time? I was somewhat skeptical with all the hype, but this one (and every other RR beer I tried) was wonderful.

Photo of GradyS1
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of gkatsoris
5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Boonedoggle
4.87/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type: 500ml into brandy snifter

Appearance: thin head with good lacing. golden in color

Smell: Great amounts of hops but not overpowering

Taste: Very smooth bitterness. Like the smell, it's definitely not overpowering.

Mouth: light bodied, doesn't burn the senses.

Overall: Nectar from the gods. Absolutely phenomenal beer.

Photo of ColSanders123
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Ralphs66
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A BIIIIG thanks to Cstromberg57 for this one. Bottle dated 11/17/11. Awaited the arrival of my beautiful girlfriend to crack this one open; she made me promise...
DIPA's are usually not my first choice of beers, so the fact that I'm rating this at the level I am, certainly says something. It is one of the best looking beers around. That golden honey coloration with the orangish tinge creates a prism like quality. The citrus nose changes as it warms, with a floral undertone emerging. Taste is spectacular and the expected bite just isn't there. It smooth, clean and damn near perfect. While not a double, the only beer I have found to be better (in similar style), is Hill Farmstead's Edward. I'd love to try this one on tap, and patiently await the day when RR starts distributing in NY.

Photo of Retsinis
4.62/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Pliney the Elder dozens of times, but am finally getting around to posting this review.

Review is from notes.

A: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. A healthy one inch pillow of creamy white head forms & lingers. The beer is crystal clear, no haze, and is a honey amber color.

S: Potent hops aromas are of tropical fruits mostly. Scents range from pine needles, pear, apple, pineapple, and grapefruit.

T: Initial clean bitter hop bite, but much less bitter then expected given the smell. Flavor notes of hop oils, medium caramel malt, toast & a smooth faintly dry finish.

M: Light to medium carbonation, oily, and a touch of lingering faint dry bitterness.

O: Excellent DIPA. Not much else to add beyond what is already known about this beer. I Try to pick up fresh bottles when I see them, but being as popular as it is, both locally, & nationally to traders, even here is getting more & more scarce to get a bottle or two.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,858 ratings.