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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,882
Reviews: 3,364
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,793
Gots: 2,478 | FT: 80
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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Shout out to Rutager for this one. One of the most generous BAers on here.

A: 3/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over amber liquid with good clarity.

S: 60% pine hops and 40% citrus hops.

T: A hop explosion in my mouth, so complex, I had to take a number of mouthfuls to try and wrap my head around what was going on with my tastebuds. Pine, honey, malt backbone, more pine, some citrus, some floral followed by more pine. Its hard to describe other than describing it as a hop bomb that must be tried to be understood.

M: Thick resiny viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: I can see why this beer is so sought after and I believe it lives up to the hype.

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[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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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,882 ratings.