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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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11,646 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,646
Reviews: 3,305
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,566
Gots: 2,303 | 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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4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a medium clear yellow with a slight amber hue and a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that lasted throughout and had good lacing that spottily stuck to the glass.

The aroma gets you right away with strong grassy and citrus hops, grain malts and a moldy cobweb scented yeast with notes of orange peel and lemon zest.

The taste was ever so nicely bitter-sweet and slightly malty with a touch of lemon at first then had a nice hoppy bitterness come through with a nice does of orange peel at the end. The flavor lasted a good long time allowing for the hops and citrus to blend really well leaving a wonderful lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with a nice dry texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall an extremely good tasting IPA with all factions (hops, malts and citrus) blending together to form a very unique tasting experience. I can see now why it is referred to as the pinnacle of IPA's.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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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 BenHesk12
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had pliny the elder many times, and it never fails to provide intense IPA flavors tagged with an deeply enjoyable bitterness.

That being said, the hype and low supply of this beer is probably what inspires most people to try it and buy every bottle of it they can get their hands on.

Great beer, stands up to other highly ranked IPA's, but is it worth the hype? I guess that's for you to decide.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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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 coreylag
4.92/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a bottle into a Russian River Tulip glass.

Nice, golden, and clear with an excellent head on it.

Smells of citrus with lots of grapefruit and HOPS.

Taste likes it smells. Excellent! For a DIPA it's lots of hop up front flavor and smooth finish for such a high ABV brew.

An excellent DIPA, it what I crave when I'm drinking an IPA of any sorts.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,646 ratings.