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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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12,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,046
Reviews: 3,400
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,938
Gots: 2,600 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Much thanks to TicoCali for the trade. Very excited.

Bottled 22 days ago (10.25.11)

Really amazing color. Seemingly translucent, shiny copper. Certainly the lightest-looking DIPA I've come across. Smells fantastic. Lots of tropical fruit and grapefruit, but anchored by an herbal, piney backbone.

So, let's give this bad boy a taste.

Quite good. The taste sensation is really pretty interesting. Not to get too abstract, but it's like an ocean wave - you're crashed intially with sweet floralness and expecting the taste to increase in intensity, like with other DIPAs, but it doesn't happen. Instead, the middle consists of a crisp, semi-oily, pine feeling that lulls you into a sense of complacency, like the undertow reeling the water back in. Finally the wave crashes back over your tongue with a robust carbonation and bitterness. The mouthfeel at the end is clean and oily at the same time, prompting another sip.

Overall, it is a great DIPA. No question. Picturing sitting at a bar and ordering pints of it and thinking it would be a phenomenal way to get inebriated.

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For us people on the east coast it reminds me alot of Dogfishhead
90 minute IPA, very hoppy. If you like hoppy beers this is for you. The alchohol is very well hidden.

I do not like that much hoppy flavor. I would much rather have Trappist Westvleteren 12 or 8, both of which I loved.

I would like to add that I would highly recommend everyone trying this beer, with so many good reviews I am sure I am in the minority. I am just not a big hop fan. I have tried russian river Temptation and found it a very good beer and would still like to try Pliny the Younger if I ever get the chance.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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