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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,652 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,652
Reviews: 3,306
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,574
Gots: 2,307 | FT: 73
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to BrianTheBrewer30 for this 2 week old Pliny, what a treat.

A - Pours a crystal clear, deep gold. Big frothy white head left lots of sticky lacing.

S - Beautiful aroma. Notes of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango swirl around with citrussy oranges and grapefruit. A touch of herbal spice too, coriander maybe?

T - Flavors are strong yet delicate at the same time. Like in the nose, the floral hops mesh perfectly with acidic citrus hop flavors. So smooth, not a palatte cutter. So fresh too, fresh hop juice, the nectar of the gods, or at least those on the west coast. Finishes with a flourish of acidic orange.

M - Full mouthfeel yet medium bodied. Moderate carbonation level is perfect. Dextrinous and creamy.

O - This is obviously a great beer for hop heads, but I can't think of a better beer to give to someone who doesn't like IPAs.

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

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Poured a clear golden color with a bit of light copper mixed in. A big, frothy, creamy white head appears and stays around for a long time (throughout the drinking experience actually). It leaves some scattered lacing behind. Numerous very small bubble streams rise to the top creating a lively and inviting appearance.

S: The first aspect I noticed was a blast of fruits. This included orange and lemon citrus and mango and pineapple tropical fruit aromas. A touch of floral hops finishes this one off. Very nice.

T: The taste is quite different than the aroma, but certainly not in a bad way. There is a significant increase in piney and resiny taste that isn't found as easily in the smell. A mild spicy hop profile is also noticeable. The citrus and tropical fruits are present, but not as up front as in the nose. A slightly hop bitterness acts as the conclusion.

M: Definitely on the heavier side for an IPA. A resiny feel coats the tongue while a perfect amount of carbonation allows the flavors to dance across the palate. Its nice, crisp finish prepares you for the next tasting.

O: I have enjoyed this DIPA for quite some time and finally got around to reviewing it. It's no wonder this is constantly rated as one of the best beers out there. Highly recommended.

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

Drank over Thanksgiving. Bottling date was 3 weeks before.

A: looks a little pale, and not much head retention. Thin looking as well - we'll give it a pass as average.

S: pine, some garlic or musty onion. It's very earthy, and there is some hop here that's offputting that I didn't notice when I had it on tap. That's slight, though, and it smells pretty good. I don't get the citrus much at all on this bottle, though.

T: tastes bitter and delicious, with pine and slight citrus. Again, it has that weird hop flavor just a bit, but it's less so than in the smell.

M: thin for such a big beer, but it's crisp as it's meant to be. Good carbonation that isn't drowned out by malt.

O: good beer, but far from an A+ on the bottle I had. Might have to try it again later in life. Is 3 weeks too long to wait from the bottling date to actually drink it? That would be odd.

UPDATE: tried plenty more bottles, and really liked the last one I had. tasted like a drier Hopslam almost. Very citrusy in every aspect, and extremely delicious, so I'm updating the scores on this one to average it out.

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

First, a huge thanks to tony223366 for trading me this beer, and getting me started off right on my reviews by breaking my beer geek "cherry" in the right way!

Reviewed 11/31/11 from a bottle dated 10/14/11.

Appearance: Beautiful golden colored pour with a fluffy white two finger head that fades to a thin cap. Sticks nicely to the glass on the way down and leaves very nice lacing. Carbonation is visible in a steady stream of tiny bubbles. Overall a beautiful looking beer.

Nose: Really nice citrus, grapefruit is the dominant smell though there may be a hint of lemon and orange. Not really getting much of the breadiness that shows up in the taste. It certainly makes my mouth water though. Not quite the "dankest" IPA or heavily hopped APA I have ever smelled however. Very nice nose, but not a standout.

Taste: Follows the nose. Again, a TON of grapefruit here down to a very sharp bitter bite to the back of the tongue, however there is a nice breadiness or cracker that helps to balance the bite. As it warms a bit the breadiness becomes more and more apparent, this is NOT just a crazy hopbomb, it is incredibly well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Easily coats the tongue, but not in an unpleasant way. A very full and robust mouthfeel that I would expect out of a barleywine, but not an IPA. Really pleasantly surprised here with how robust this is.

Overall: Absolutely delicious beer, and worthy of the praise. Slightly bitter for my personal tastes, but easy to see why this granddaddy has spurred so many imitators over the years. I will happily drink this anytime I get the opportunity, and hope to make it out to RR one day to try on tap.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,652 ratings.