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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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10,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,493
Reviews: 3,165
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 4,838
Gots: 1,742 | FT: 57
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003)
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

JaBes, Dec 02, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -10.5%

Re review! Brother was just in Santa Rosa and picked me up a sixer as an early bday.

Brewed on 11/15/13.

A: Pours a marvelously clear brassy golden. Finger and a half of very creamy head. Excellent retention. Carbonation is lively, with tiny bubbles racing to the surface. Very fine bottle conditioning sediment in the beer. Barely noticeable at first.

S: Citrus is the name of the game here. Lots of grapefruit, with orange and some lemon. Malt sweetness is there, but this beer is definitely lacking the malted characteristic of most double IPA's. Smells clean and crisp.

T: Smooth, refined and sharp flavors here. Nothing is out of place. Everything is balanced, even if it's to the lighter and crisper side of the style. Big grapefruit peel bitterness comes off the front that lingers into an oily resinous that lasts the duration of the experience. Malt puts up a token resitance of cracker and slightly toffee sweetness. No alcohol present.

M: Definitely the star of this show. Sleek, on point and crisp. Not at all flabby, but in no way over carbonated. This one is built for speed.

O: One of the more difficult reviews I have written. I look at the pedigree and esteem that this beer has and I just don't get it. It's a great brew. Were this a single tier IPA I'd be giving it a nearly perfect rating. As is, it lacks the evocative, powerful aromatics and bracing bitterness of the really top tiered DIPA's. This one is crisp, balanced, refined and very drinkable, which isn't necessarily a good thing considering it's 8% abv. It is immaculately crafted, but I think it misses the marks for the style.

McStagger, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

p0tt3r, Dec 01, 2013
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TxMdScotty298, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

ringwersen, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -14%

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SudsSurfer, Nov 29, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured from a bottle into a 12oz. pilsner glass.

Bottle was 19 days old when poured.

Appearance- Crystal clear yellow with a bunch of fizzy bubbles at first, but subsided to a good half-inch head. Surprising in its clarity- looked like any full flavor American adjunct brew in the glass.

Smell- Big citrus, crisp hops, pine resin, huge tropical fruit notes, finishing dank and aromatic. This is strong. Amarillo and Citra hop fruitiness.

Taste- All hops, all the time. Big citrusy swell, followed by hop oil bitterness, finishing out a tiny bit sweet, and with only the slightest malt detection as the flavor dies out. Not much malt to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel- Clean and crisp as the appearance would suggest. Not at all heavy or syrupy like some imperial IPAs can be.

Overall- Hop forward beer. Hop juice almost. This beer was great, in that it provides a straight up appreciation of hops and hop character in the beer. Remarkable even- that it has almost no malt presence. Amazingly flavorful for how clear, clean, and crisp it is, but I expected more from this given the hype surrounding it. Despite all of the great flavors, I found it one-dimensional, and not at all complex, with no malt to hop balance. Not that these elements need to always be in balance for the style- I just tend to appreciate a more well-rounded beer. One of the greats nonetheless!


SaisonRichBiere, Nov 29, 2013
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,493 ratings.