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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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9,905 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,905
Reviews: 3,127
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,553
Gots: 1,510 | FT: 54
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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Photo of jwhancher


4/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold, slight copper hints, nice head, no real noticeable carb bubbles.

S: Smelly hops of pine & citrus (Cascade)?

T: Caramel malt taste. Hoppy, but not overpowering at all. Served around room temp.

M: Good overall.

D: Very drinkable, but not quite the IPA I'm used to here on the east cost. Very enjoyable. Maybe for all the hype, I found myself a tiny bit disappointed.

Like the damnation I had the same night, I've heard so much hype about Russian River beers that I just had to try this one out. Either the bar I visited where I sampled this (and the tap system) didn't do this beer justice, or I'll have to try this beer a lot closer to the brewery itself for a more fitting review.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 22:09:43 | More by jwhancher
Photo of Lunch


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

Served from a 16.9oz. bottle (bottled on 10/08/09) (thanks to davidsk for the trade) into my new Russian River goblet at around 45 degrees (11/17/09).

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a slight orange hue capped out with a nice and chunky two finger head with decent retention and exceptional spider lacing.

S: An incredible bouquet of pine, flowers, grapefruit, and tropical fruit with a delicious nectary hop scent and just slight hint of malt. One of the best smelling beers there is.

T: The smell continues into the taste which assaults the palate with an aggressive hop profile of pine, flowers, grapefruit, and tropical fruit with a slight bitterness in the finish which pleasantly lingers. A hint of sweet malt is there, but it is very slight (wish there was a bit more).

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation and an oily slick mouthfeel that coats the tongue.

D: Even with a 8% abv. this beer is extremely drinkable as the alcohol is completely hidden and the flavors work so well together. This is a beer one could session.

Overall this is an excellent beer that falls just short of its hype for me. Don't get me wrong, this is certainly one of the top DIPAs in my mind, but it has me thinking that the malt found in some east coast DIPAs (Otter Creek Imperial IPA) perhaps adds an additional dimension. Maybe, since this was my first venture into the world of Pliny the Elder, my tastes need to develop further (luckily I have five more). Highly recommended.

Looking back at this review has me embarrassed as fuck...that last paragraph is just sad.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 15:06:54 | More by Lunch
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pliny The Elder is a cloudy golden ale with a thin, dense, white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a huge, fresh, floral, grassy aroma. It smells like... stepping outdoors. It's medium bodied, minerally and crisp. The finish is clean. It's nice and bitter with a full hop flavor. There are notes of flowers, grass, herbs and fresh ground black pepper. This is how a double IPA should taste. It was very much a pleasure to enjoy this at the Trappist in Oakland.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 13:23:26 | More by yesyouam
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Unibroue tulip from 16.9 ounce bottle (thanks to Edmund Wilson for sending this across the country) Bottled on 10/08/09. Aroma is of pine and grapefruit, straight-up. Crazy, silly, wicked, spider webby head and lacing. Beautiful. Can't really move on past the aroma. Satisfied right now. No need to drink the beer. Everything else at this point forward is a bonus. Ok, I'll drink it. This beer has been described at great lengths before me so at this point it is redundant to add to the pile. All I can say is that one day I hope that Pliny makes it to Florida because this beer is magical, mystical, delicious and breathtaking.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 08:13:27 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of Kaiser81


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

Poured from a standard 16.9 oz into a pint glass. Bottled date on beer is 10-08-09.

A - Probably poured a bit too vigourously, but I get 2 finger width of head and the foam is very chunky. The lacing on the glass is phenomenal. It's a murky golden color. The head dissolves into a thin layer after a few minutes the continues to linger.

S - Delightful, hops balanced by sweet floral notes. A little bit of pine; this is great!

T - Slight grapefruit taste with lots of floral accents and some pine. A little bit of hop bitterness on the back end. This is pretty much the benchmark in tastes for Double IPAs.

M - The carbonation is light, and the body is a little more than thin, but not quite medium. Truly a great feel.

D - This one can continue to be drunk. The fresher the better.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 06:54:44 | More by Kaiser81
Photo of CampusCrew


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

appearance: amberish with a solid head retention

smell: whoa nice pine tree, xmas tree aroma

taste: I have described pine in past reviews on IPAs. This one tasked the cake. Huge pine and very little citrus. Like none I have ever had before.

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA, decently balanced

drinkability: overall one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 04:19:09 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Rmassimiano


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

A: This beer has such a strong his of Hops aroma I wish I could harness it in an air freshener so I can constantly smell this aroma.

A: There is a 1-2inches of nice foamy head that is very cloud like in appearance. Its head is very thick as well. The beer itself is a golden orange that is pretty translucent.

M: The beer rolls over your tongue. Mildly thick and a texture that coats your tongue with hoppy oils.

T: Nice taste of floral, piney hops with a hint of malt character to balance the ABV and hops intensity

O: This is the premier DIPA our there, it is unparralleled in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 03:25:31 | More by Rmassimiano
Photo of deapokid


4.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at Tria on Tuesday evening (reviewed from notes):

Served in a goblet, which is quite the presentation for an IPA, this rarity is a golden yellow with a firm, one finger head. The dim lighting at the bar gives it an otherworldly glow and, I must say, that I'm really excited to sip on this brew.

Aromas range from orange and tangerine to hops and hard candy. Scent is never strong or coarse, giving off a full-bodied sweetness that is rather enchanting.

Profound hop flavor is surprisingly well balanced for its strength, packing ripe citrus flavors before unleashing a hop explosion. Unlike Stone's Ruination (which I often consider my favorite double IPA), the hop character doesn't scratch the palate and is felt more in the nose than on the tongue.

The liquid itself is gentle to the tongue and the shift in tone occurring in the flavor never disrupts the overall oral experience.

For something with such a strong hop flavor and an 8% ABV, this little number maintains a high level of drinkability, due mostly to its well-masked booziness and a refreshing dose of citrus fruit.

After trying this mythic ale on three separate occasions, I must officially admit that all the hype isn't just internet gossip. This brew is the real deal!

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 01:00:10 | More by deapokid
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4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently consumed on tap at the brewpub, but my review is from home: 500 ml bottle with bottled on date.

A - Slightly hazy and the color of golden honey with nearly two finger sticky off-white head that settles down to a nice solid layer.

S - Nice any hoppy right up front with bright citrus, pineapple, and fresh grass notes.

T - Bright grapefruit tight up front without being too powerful, then revealing a depth of citrus (light lemon and tangerine), tropical fruit, and delicate floral flavors. Some malt and a nice nuttiness are revealed in the finish. Really beautifully layered and complex. Pleasingly bitter, but with a soft sweetness. Really well balanced DIPA.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy and oily. Medium carbonation

D - Incredibly enjoyable and beautiful drink. It's reputation is well deserved.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 22:18:29 | More by JTahoe
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove


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

I had this with a pretzel at Stone's RIS Vertical last week and surprisingly they went well together. My favorite IPA's have a pine tar aroma to them and this one was close to the top.

Appearance- Golden w/less than a finger of head.

Smell- One of the best.

Taste- Very good and balanced.

Mouthfeel- Typical low carbonated IPA.

Drinkability- I can drink it all day long.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 00:52:19 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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New York

4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First let me say, I love IPA's and I have had few amazing, most average and some terrible. This beer is so amazing, its one of the best IPA's Ive ever had. It is remarkably balanced and delicious, it has a beautiful grapefruit and citrus hop flavor. Very nice golden color, and a bit cloudy. It doesnt leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth like some IPA's do. As far as IPA's go, there are few, if any, which are better.--- I have finally been able to track down some bottles to give it a proper review, as opposed to the 4 or 5 sips the last time, review to follow 1/2010

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 22:47:14 | More by lbkornlb14
Photo of checkfeet

Korea (South)

4.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice cloudy golden pour like an early sunrise out of a bottle. A frothy head with off-white lacy bubbles creates a nice silhouette against the glass.

N: Like waking in a campsite surrounded by Douglas firs, stepping outside the tent and taking a big huff of the dewy air. Also hints of grapes, apricots and apples.

T: The fruits really come out strong in the taste as well but the bitterness of the hops adds something to chew on. The flavors are well-balanced with the fruitiness leading into the lingering bitterness of hops providing the finish.

M: Solid, heavy. Each swig is an experience, not to be taken lightly.

D: Good for a couple, perhaps not too many at 8% and with such heavy bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 12:05:37 | More by checkfeet
Photo of boatshoes


4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a recent trade from Arbitrator. Thanks a ton man for hooking me up with my first Plinys!

Appearance- Pours into my snifter with a nice finger and a half of head over an amber body with lots of carbonation drifting up out of the bottom of the glass. Pretty good head retention and it sticks around before dying back to a thin skin over the top of the beer. Active carbonation throughout though.

Smell- Lots of big fruity hops on the nose. Huge notes of orange and grapefruit rind. A big ole' punch of hops in the face. Very nice and speaks of good things to come.

Taste- Like a big hoppy, orangey, grapefruity creamsicle. Huge fruity hops dominate again on the flavor profile. Big, flavorful DIPA. Malt mildly evident though a touch in the creaminess. Very nice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, well carbonated, and dangerously drinkable. If you like hops, this is for you.

Overall, a very well crafted DIPA. Deserving of its reputation. Get your hands on this one hop-heads.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 03:31:27 | More by boatshoes
Photo of drabmuh


4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a bottle dated 10/08/09, so its a month old. Pretty good for a trade (THANKS!). Beer served in a goblet. Beer is yellow and hazy, carbonation is mild to moderate. A white head of medium sized bubbles formed but the head collapsed. There is some lacing left on the glass, even after the head collapses. Head gravitates toward the walls of the glass.

Beer has that sweet pine smell of hops. This is a double IPA but I don't smell any malt really. Not any alcohol either.

This beer tastes wonderful. The hops are obvious but the beer overall is so smooth, its amazing. Some of these hop bombs leave an acidic taste in the back of the mouth. Finishes cleanly but the beer in general leaves a film all over you mouth. Second taste, its almost as if it finishes dry but starts wet. The beer isn't dry at all, but its finish is so nice.

Mouthfeel is great. There is plenty of flavor to connect some (the tiny amount) of sweetness at the front with the hop bitterness and flavor. Its so good. Medium body, can't taste the alcohol at all. Drinkability very high. This is one of the best DIPAs I've ever had in my life. I wish this were sold locally. If you can't get it locally, set up a trade to get this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:15:47 | More by drabmuh
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North Carolina

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

One Duvel glass, one chilled slope-shouldered brown bottle courtesy of Murchmac, my 1964 Schlitz can punch and bottle opener, and it's on...

Good Lord. Upon the crack of the crown a tornadic wisp of cold steam emerges from the bottlemouth reeking of fruity-green goodness. What the Hell? Maybe it's hop-smoke?

A slow pour yields a brew with a sparkling-clear body that matches the color and brightness of an electrified tangerine, capped with a solid two-finger deep topping of creamy white atop. As the bubble crown recedes ever so slightly, it plasters the innards of my tulip glass with a ragged film of the spongy polished-ivory foam. Fluffy rings adhere to the sip-lines, connected to one another by that same scattershot sheet of lacing.

The aroma that greets my nose is of mildly medicinal green citrus, green chiba, green pine needles, green herbs, green grass, Hell, maybe even green giants. It's stunning to me that not one iota of maltiness, no caramel, no toast, no cereal, no nothing passes the Green Monster-sized green wall of juicy green hop essence. Uh, yeah, Murch, I think they're plenty fresh.

Wow, I'm actually nervous about finally getting a taste of this legend, but here goes... I am once again amazed as my first long pull of Pliny is silky-soft and creamy-smooth, and otherwise pretty damned wonderful. Hop notes abound, to say the least. Grassy, evergreen bitterness and stickiness a-go-go bitchslap a dryly toasted malt base deep into the nether regions of darkest outer space. Malt? Malt who? What malt? This thing is little more than a hop-juice delivery vehicle, which works just fine for me. Persistent notes of dried pine rosin, freshly-cut grass and bitter citrus peel oil provide a one-two-three combo punch in the mouth, but in a nice and friendly fashion that I'd be happy to get smacked around by anytime.

The drink is medium-bodied with heft, silkiness, and extremely fine carbonation. A sticky trace that I perceive as hop oils lingers on my palate long after the drink is long gone. Eminently drinkable, Pliny is indeed 'all that', and walks the talk in spades, big-time. Thanks for the opportunity, Tim. Unreal-good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 13:36:36 | More by cvstrickland
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4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this at Whole Foods.

Appearance- golden color, good head, nice lacing

Smell- beautiful piney hop aroma

Taste- piney hops, very balanced flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Excellent, possibly the best DIPA, I will definitely drink this again. It is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 20:13:08 | More by jeffjeff1
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4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade with bret27. This will be my first RR experience. Thanks Bret!

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with about 2 fingers of foamy head that exhibits pretty good retention. It looks like you could balance coins on the foam. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Big aggressive hops aroma with pine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Definitely a double IPA by scent, but I'm impressed with the amount of sweetness that finds its way through as well. My mouth is starting to water...

T: Quite similar to the nose. Grapefruit, grains, and pine upfront give way to some very strong hops and some citrus in the finish. While the hops flavor is definitely quite pronounced and bitter, it is extremely well balanced with the sweeter flavors and doesn't leave you with an extremely long lasting bitter aftertaste like a lot of others IPAs do. As far as IPAs and DIPAs go, I don't think taste is getting much better than this.

M: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops leave the sides of your tongue tingling and asking for more. Some warming effects from the alcohol help finish off a nice feel.

D: Extremely drinkable. You could either sip this slowly and appreciate the great balance between bitter and sweet or session a few in a row, though the alcohol content will catch up to you pretty quick. This is probably the best IPA I've had and is deserving of most of the hype.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 05:13:40 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of Otesanek


4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11.04.08, drank 1.14.09 at 53°f. Super clear golden with a giant fluffy white white, which settles down to a solid 1/4" that hangs around. Tons of sticky lace. Aroma is sweet hops coming forward as pineapple and other vaguely tropical smells. The flavor is super juicy, hops, sugary lemons and pineapple, despite initially sweet, it finishes dry, tangy and lightly acidic along the sides of my tongue. The ABV leaves a light tingle. This thing finishes super clean, no coating, with just a light warming sensation in the back of the throat. I could bathe in this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 15:13:23 | More by Otesanek
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted alongside Coronado IPA for comparison

A:Pours a clear golden bronze, with a 1/2" bright white head. A little resiny lacing, nothing too notable. Some lacing as it goes down the glass.

S: Smell is of fresh skunky hops! This smells like a wet-hopped beer. Whiff of its cousin, grapefruit, all kinds of citrus. Grapefruit rind is up front and center. Slight lingering malt (which knows it's place--in the background), just there to provide the hops some company. A bit more honey-like sweetness that I remember than last time around.

T: Mmmm. If a Double IPA's hop profile could be harsh and smooth at the same time--this is it. The bitterness is almost indistinguishable from the dry hopped leafy citrus, yet both are there in droves. Smacking bitterness up front, a little sweet malt and citrus, then the bitterness comes back, lingering long into the aftertaste. Amen.

M: A little more carbonation than I'm used to, but works well for keeping that incredible hop flavour moving along.

D: Sweet baby Jesus. Bittering Hops, meet Dry hops. Meld together, produce beautiful children, intermingle, become one. This is fantastic, I wish it was more available.

I was not disappointed upon cracking the Coronado (situational enjoyment, perhaps?), but this just blows it out of the water. The only thing that I would protest (slightly) is the carbonation. However, this is from someone longing for the cask ale that was enjoyed a few months (far too long) ago...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 06:30:20 | More by darklordlager
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4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't believe I haven't yet reviewed this beer. One of my first great IPAs I ever had. While I've had it on tap and prefer it slightly over its bottled brethren, I'm reviewing Pliny poured from a 500mL bottle chilled. Bottled 10-21-09.

It pours a marvelous tangerine bronze with a very fluffy white head leaving behind delicate lacing that looks very sticky. Definitely a beauty.

Smells like heaven. Straw, citrus, pine, caramel but not in any overpowering way. A very understated nose, though. Lovely.

Tastes of grapefruit, straw, pine, resin, alcohol as it warms up.

I've had this on tap several times and always recalling it having just a bit more than when bottled. I'll have to review it next time I see it.

With very low carbonation and a slight mouthfeel. Definitely one of the most quaffable beers out there.

Bottom line: you're not going to do a lot better. I still get excited when I see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 07:44:21 | More by Intelligentsia
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice pale orange pour with a island mass of fluffy clouds that sits atop the surface.

Smells like summer...straw, grass, hints of lemon rind, and sugared orange candy slices.

Tastes of mild grapefruit up front. A pleasant bitterness follows and wraps around the tongue. This bitter grip follows, not unpleasantly, into a firm tingling in the cheeks. Finishes grapefruit, orange, and grassy with a remaining long lasting tingle.

Sticky, oily, resinous mouthfeel that lingers long after the sip. So very drinkable at 8 %. Carbonation on the low end.

Drinkability is through the roof.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:31:11 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer in San Fransisco and poured it into an Anchor Steam pint glass.

A. It poured a little lighter than I had expected. It was a goldish orange color with a little haziness. I got a two inch head that was thick and lasted for a long time. There was beautiful lacing all the way down the glass.

S. The second that I opened the bottle I was overwhelmed with the pine like hop aroma. I smelled a lot of citrusy notes a subtle amount of biscuity scents.

T. Like the smell the taste is loaded with wonderful hop bitterness. Citrusy and pugnent.

M. A perfect amount of carbonation. A dry bitter finish.

D. This beer is very drinkable. The alcohol is hidden well behind layers of hop and malt flavors. Overall this is just a great beer. I had extremely high expectations when I opened this beer, which usually spells disappointment for me, but this time it more than lived up. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 21:00:09 | More by californiakulak
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4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally, my favorite beer in growler form!

A- Orange-gold in appearance with a small head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S- Sweet and citric aromas dominate, with some herbal, floral, and piney undertones

T- Sweet and pungent fruity and citric flavors up front, followed by sweet caramel maltiness that balances the sharper citric flavors until a satisfying bitterness cleans up at the end.
It's hard to imagine a beer with a more complex and enjoyable flavor profile. I think it gets even better as it moves closer towards room temperature.

M- Really delicate, fine carbonation, of which I would not want more or less. It strikes me as being pretty damn light in body for 8%, but without that consideration I'd call it medium-light bodied.

D- Unbelievably drinkable. In fact, I've yet to find something as drinkable that even approaches the complexities in this beer.

This one is as good as it gets.

Serving type: growler

11-03-2009 02:58:28 | More by anchordrinker
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New York

4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a lover of the american IPA, this is superb. Thanks to the kind heart of Rick at Big Z beverage in Huntington, I was able to try this beer. It had a wonderful piney hop aroma. It was probably the best smelling beer hopwise that I have ever experienced. The color was a cloudy orange with a nice head. The flavor was extremely balanced. The flavor of the hops was not overpowering nor was it too bitter. The malt flavor was hidden by the hops which was ok for me because the hop flavor was so explosive. This is a must try for any IPA fan. I could drink this IPA all day. Russian River is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 18:51:39 | More by NoahSYGG
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4.22/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a Goose Island snifter.

Pours a rich copper-amber hue, clear despite chunks of suspended sediment due to the lack of filtration, with a thick, creamy light tan head that sticks around for the duration of the glass.

Aromas of pine resin and juicy tropical fruit--primarily pineapple, with mango and grapefruit zest--on top of a rich caramel malt backbone on the nose. Very well balanced on the palate, with very little bitterness that lingers ever so slightly. Smooth and silky with a quick, short finish.

This is a very well-made beer, make no mistake, but over hyped in my opinion. Quite balanced, but I prefer a DIPA that clearly leans toward the hoppy side.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:31:05 | More by wnh
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,905 ratings.