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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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12,039 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,039
Reviews: 3,400
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,937
Gots: 2,598 | FT: 86
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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Ratings: 12,039 | Reviews: 3,400
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just don't get the hype. There are plenty of other IPA's out there that I would rather drink. I wouldn't turn it down but having a choice I'd try something else. At 8% I want a little more body. I love the smell but the taste doesn't really follow through for me.

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

A: Shimmering golden, with a crisp whit head, exactly the way an IPA should look. Picturesque

S: Lots of astringency, got some grapefruit in there as well as an overwhelming pine hoppiness. Absolute hops through and through

T: Just about perfect. A true west coast hop bomb. Lots of fruitiness to it, put the piny hop characteristics as well. The Simcoe hops seem to be most prevalent, and I'm okay with that. Well balanced in being both very intense, but very smooth and enjoyable.

M: Nice medium consistency, good carbonation, and the intense hop characteristics played well off of that.

Overall, this is one of the best beers out there. It's a regular for me when I can get it, and this is an IPA everybody should try. Russian River doesn't disappoint again and I can't wait to try it's big brother, Pliny The Younger

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

Bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle date reads 12/2/11.

A- Pours a clear orange. Has a good amount of white head that sticks around for awhile before turning into a thin film atop the beer. I can see plenty of carbonation bubbles fizzing to the top.

S- A hop bomb as you'd expect. Tons of pine, citrus, grapefruit aromas.

T- Tastes like it smells. Very citrusy and bitter. Awesome.

M- Light and easy to drink. The hop backbone sticks around for awhile.

I would say Pliny lives up to the hype as it is a great beer, but there are definitely comparable IPAs out there. A must try.

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Review #250

500 ml bottle split three ways, served in a Surly Darkness snifter. Big thanks to my girlfriend who got this for me for Christmas.

A: Pours a clear golden straw color with a very lively body. A fluffy pure white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick collar that leaves lots of lace down the glass.

S: Subtle fruits are present, mostly pears and apples, with a little bit of grassy hops thrown in for good measure. The solid caramel malt backbone is well integrated.

T: Malty body with some subtle citrus type fruits. Follows the nose pretty well. There are some herbal/grassy qualities as well.

M: Off the charts drinkability. I can drink this like water. It's so smooth, just the right carbonation level to keep you interested. Buttery mouth feel.

O: Well it's not a game changer by any stretch of the imagination, but it's insanely drinkable. The drinkability and the taste reminds me of a tamed Ephraim from Hill Farmstead.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,039 ratings.