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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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12,049 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,049
Reviews: 3,401
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,939
Gots: 2,605 | FT: 87
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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

A: Poured a pale golden - orange color. Got a perfect amount of head resting on top, that had no intention of going away. Fair amount of lacing as you empty your glass.

S: Smells extremely hoppy, with a followup of citrus.

T: ||Not even close to as bitter as I expected from a double IPA, very very smooth and easy to drink. Honestly if there is one thing this brew could benefit from it would be a hint more bitterness. Its pretty fruit forward (to borrow a term from my wino friends) and you can really taste the malt.

M: Very light on the mouth. Doesn't make you feel like you're trying to chug syrup. Easily the creamiest/lightest IPA I've had to date.

O: If I had easy access to this brew and the funds to do so, it would be my one and only. I was so excited when I finally got my bottle, and I was in no way disappointed, I can not wait to get more.

Serving Type: Bottle

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A: Clear golden amber. White two-finger head resolves quickly but leaves an excellent lacing.

S: Hop oils, grassy, with some floral and fruity undertones. Hints of grapefruit, pine, citrus. Nowhere near as strong or as citrusy as the Heady Topper, but still excellent.

T: Just like it smells. Starts off bitter with hop oils, grassy, fruity undertones, pine; finishes off crisp with a bit more malt. Alcohol is well masked.

M: Crisp, with perfect carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Bitterness doesn't linger much.

O: I wouldn't say this beer lived up to the hype or to its $7 price tag, but it is to date one of the best DIPAs I've had. I would definitely buy again, but for the price I would say there are some other beers out there that are a better choice.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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