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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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11,869 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,869
Reviews: 3,362
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,766
Gots: 2,464 | FT: 81
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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Photo of Nachojon
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The myth the legend, thanks to my dad for hauling this beast out from California for me. Bottled 11/17 FRESH.

A- Looks like a Double, looks fantastic. Nice white head, laces beautifully. Awesome golden hay color with just a tinge of orange. Hazy.

S- Awesome fragrance, dense hops, pot, pine, pepper. Fresh grass and awesome citrus.

T- This is it. Starts mild with hints of grapefruit and moves into intense fresh hop flavor, pine, slams you with the bitter and then off to a chewy finish with a pucker. For a hophead this thing is just a blast from start to finish. Awesome aftertaste.

M- Crisp and clean, taste is just overwhelming, nice mouthfeel really adds to it, perfect carbonation keeps it on the tongue just long enough to taste it all.

O- In my opinion this thing lives up to the hype. It's a great beer. Something I would love to be drinking everyday. Just brings me back home to Northern California. Legend.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.42/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally the one!

Bought this online from Quality Liquors. Damn you 1 bottle limit(I know, i know they are necessary so more people can try it)! Bottle date 10/25/2011.

Poured a totally clear golden amber color with tiny rising bubbles. The off-white head is thin and frothy.

Aroma is full of flowers, pine and tropical fruit.

Tastes pretty fresh. This is fairly bitter and slightly acidic. Theres not much malt flavor here. There is a light and easy touch of sweetness.

Feel is slick, lightly crisp and a tad sticky.

This is pretty awesome. But is it really really really awesome? Lets just say i'd like to try another bottle. I would love to try another bottle.

Next?: Blind Pig 2 days after Thanksgiving!!!! YEAH!

Photo of sholland119
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 10/25/11. Picked this up at KnB Cellars.

A-Pours a clear golden with a massive, dense off white head and great sheets of lacing.

S-Piney and citrusy, great hop aroma, very appealing. Not much malt there but still really nice.

T-Lovely bitterness, led by a great grapefruit attack with some resinous undertones. Just enough malt to provide some balance. The hop flavors are complex but restrained.

M-Medium bodied, nice lingering bitterness is not overdone.

O-The classic example of the style. Excellent in its use of hops to achieve a flavorful and balanced brew without the need for excessive maltiness and high ABV. Still brilliant.


Photo of philippegee
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of bschinelli
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really, I can't add much to what's been said. I had this last year and wanted to say it's the measuring stick other Imp IPA's are compared to. Too bad for them. If you haven't tried it, find it. I pray Russian River continues to make this beer, call them, beg them.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.42/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice two finger off-white head. Crazy amount of bubbles in the golden body. Head sticks around. Some strong lacing.

S - Best smelling IPA I have had. Sweet floral. Orange and lemon. Also some light hops.

T - Again orange and lemon flavors with some grapefruit. Soft hops. A little bitter on the backend.

M - The dry bitterness takes over but good carbonation and feel. No real complaints but doesn't jump out as being the best either.

O - I've had this a few times now. It is definitely good, but has room for improvement.

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,869 ratings.