Pliny For President
Russian River Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #119
Ranked #1,432
4.58 | pDev: 5.46%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Notes: Pliny For President is a double dry-hopped version of our flagship Pliny The Elder Double IPA, including one or two new hop varieties! This is Pliny's 4th time running for president with the Keg Party in the past 16 years and his first time in a can!
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a good-sized, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of pine, orange, grapefruit and toasted caramel. Big juicy, citrusy taste with a piney bitterness and sweet caramel backbone.

Wednesday at 06:25 PM
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elNopalero from Texas

4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a can

I have enjoyed several of these since they were released, from one day after canning onward. I also had a chance to do a side-by-side comparison with Pliny the Elder without knowing which beer was which. (I was wrong.).

Simply put, this beer is incredible. It’s bright and clean with those delicious citra notes and drying bitterness. Fresh, it’s an utter delight to drink, as if a near perfect beer could be improved any further. Simply wonderful.

Jul 02, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a clear golden yellow color, with a fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like floral and resinous piney hops, citrus peel, marijuana, and some herbal aromas.

It obviously helps that this beer is only a couple of weeks old. Because of the pristine condition, it really does taste awesome, and it feels like essentially everything I want out of the West Coast IPA style. The bitterness is strong, but never overwhelming or astringent. There's no real malt character, maybe a touch of un-sweet breadiness. It feels "juicier" than regular PtE, with peach, grapefruit, and orange all, providing some light sweetness to play well against the bitter pine/grass/weed flavors.

This is medium bodied, with no booziness, and a very high drinkability. It feels like an IPA made by a brewery that knows exactly what it's doing.

It's cool to see that Russian River can still get it after all these years. Pliny the Elder itself is a great beer, and this is a great updated take on the beer.

Jul 02, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - The beer poured a golden color with a white head.

Smell - The nose was piney with a little touch of citrus. No fancy adjuncts sweetened this beer.

Taste - The taste profile begins with a delightful burst of pine bitterness. There were light orange notes, preventing the beer from being overly dank. The dry hopping made this a bigger beer with a bit of a warming sensation at the finish.

Mouthfeel - The beer was full bodied but the carbonation was allowed to shine.

Overall - This beer has everything I like about Pliny turned up. Thanks to bret27 for the can!

Jun 22, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Can 1 day old from brewery.
Chill haze, fluffy head.
There’s not much to be said. It’s pte w/some extra dry hopping. I will say the dank/wine/stonefruit/grassy flavors are a tiny bit stronger, not really any more bitter. Not a huge variation from the original.

Jun 18, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can - dated 05/26/20 - poured into an IPA pint at 38°F.

Huge thanks to Jesse for this one!

Pours a light, brassy amber hue - just a kiss of haze, and topped with three fingers of thick, webby, rocky white head with excellent retention, leaving considerable lacing as it recedes. Plentiful visible streaming effervescence. Definitely a little lighter and less clear than Pliny The Elder.

Nose: Immediately, it's clear that this is in fact going to be different than regular Pliny. The aroma begins with much less sweet crystal malt, and a bit more pale grain. The hops are very pungent, and lend notes of tangerine pulp, navel orange peel, some ripe melon, papaya, apricot, and maybe some mango, sime grassy herbaceous notes, a touch of pine, and that big, dank, almost stinky Simcoe note that actually smells a bit like ripe jackfruit. There's a big, musty, overripe aroma that I do not associate with regular Pliny, and this is much more fruit-forward. Lesa floral and pine, and it also has this Mosaic-like tea note.

Palate: Thankfully, the beer greets the palate with much more Pliny influence than the aroma. Upfront, there's some pale grainy malt, as well as a bit of that traditional sweeter caramel malt. Lots of big pulpy and pithy citrus notes - namely grapefruit, but there's some tangerine, as well as some lemin zest as well. In the middle, sweeter notes of melon and white grape enter the mix, along with that classic Pliny boiled Simcoe note too. These sweeter mid-palate notes are quickly overtaken by a big, resinous, piney and pithy bitterness that dries the beer out very quickly. Some grapefruit pith and orange peel, but much more pine resin, which just builds and builds, taking on some classic West Coast floral notes, before becoming entirely resinous in a big, bold, dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: This candidate has a relatively medium to medium-full body, much like Pliny. The beer itself is fluid, and even a bit crisp, with much of the heft actually coming from the bitter, resinous hops, and not all from the malt. It isn't quite as soft as Pliny, in part due to less caramel malt, but also because the double dry-hopped nature of this beer lends a touch of roughness, as well as some acidity. The effervescence is fairly sprightly for its size. There's just a kiss if stickiness around the lips, but the beer ultimately finishes dry - drying with a firm, digging bitterness.

Overall: Let me just say that regardless of anything, strictly by West Coast Imperial IPA standards, this is a great beer. Very unique for the style. With that said, it's hard to not think of, and compare this to Pliny, and its pedigree. Pliny is a world-class beer - a special beer. There's a good reason for its accolades. This was hailed as a "DDH Pliny" so expectations were high. They've obviously tweaked the recipe here - different malts, different hops, etc.. Therefore, this isn't a DDH Pliny. Had they just given PtE a DDH treatment, that would have been magic. In my opinion, this doesn't stand up to regular Pliny. Is it a fantastic WCIPA? Absolutely. Is it as magical as Pliny? No. It lacks most of the magic that makes Pliny what it is, and that's okay. If you simply take this for what it is - a DDH West Coast DIPA, it's great. I just think that if they use the Pliny name, they should have kept the recipe the same, and just double dry-hopped it. Still, this is a great beer, and it's absolutely worth trying.

Jun 17, 2020
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scottfrie from California

4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into tulip. Canned 5/26/20.

A: Light golden/straw color with a cap of greasy off-white foam that slowly faded into an oily film leaving spotty, soapy lace.
S: Big, bright, juicy, citrus-hop aroma mixed with herbaceous pine with dank/spicy herbal undertones.
T: Similar to regular Pliny, but more citrus pith and resinous bitterness. Ambiguous citrus and pine dominate the flavor, along with notes of grapefruit, lemon, and peppery/herbal spice. There is basically no malt flavor that can be perceived over the dominating hops - even more so than regular Pliny. Pine sap/herbal spice and the strong bitterness lingers in the aftertaste long after the swallow.
M: Medium body is lightly oily upfront but drys out in the finish. Mouthfeel is also very bitter, with a numbing and slightly sharp herbal/green character. Carbonation is soft, fluffy, and basically perfect. 
O: I found this to be less drinkable than the god-tier original. There is a sharper bitterness and "greener" flavor to this that was slightly rough around the edges. That said, as a standalone IPA it's still a superb beer with masterful execution. I would gladly drink this anytime; however, I'd reach for the OG given the choice.

Jun 11, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to snrubnivek for this
16 oz can, dated 5/26/20, poured into a teku

A- A fairly clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Dank, citrus, some stone fruits, tropical fruits, piney, some oranges, slightly floral, hints of toasted malts.

T- Dank, citrus, some tropical fruits, oranges, touch of stone fruits, a little floral, hints of malt sweetness, piney.

M- Smooth, slick, medium body.

O- This beer is excellent and very easy to drink. Much like PtE the hops aren’t super in your face but they are balanced and flavorful with allowing just enough malts through. I love NEIPA, but this reminds me why I also love those “old school” well balanced IIPAs.

Jun 08, 2020
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Translucent, slightly cloudy golden and straw-colored hues with an ample foamy white head and nice lacing
S: Dank, soft pine, tangerines, and Meyer lemons on the nose
T: Burst of resinous, floral old school hops, rounded by a puckering citrus, dry cracker, and hay that is underpinned by a slowly building progression of sweet and bold malt
F: Clean, soft, and slightly chewy mouthfeel
O: Awesome rendition of Pliny - beautifully and thoughtfully hopped to the gills with all the sweet, dank, and bitter profile to round out the experience. Nicely done.

Jun 04, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Decent head production; good retention; fantastic lacing. Body is a deep lemon-yellow, with a slight haze, but it's almost perfectly transparent against light. Lively.

Dank and juicy nose that stands out from several feet away. Up close, there's a wonderful hoppy blend of moderate dankness, pepper, grass, melon, lemon, grapefruit, citrus peel, tobacco, cracker, oregano, basil, parsley, kiwi, mango, pineapple.

Wonderfully juicy and smooth on the palate, with a remarkable cleanness to the sip. Moderate-to-high bitterness, with a crisp, only slightly dry finish; less bitter than expected. The bitterness grows as the beer slowly warms. Hop tones are an amazing blend of primarily juicy tones, favoring tropical notes, with a dash of citrus and bright green herbs. Very restrained dankness.

Very lively, a touch slick, but ultimately very soft on the palate - despite the clarity and bitterness, the feel is very similar to Hill Farmstead and The Alchemist.

Wow, what a beer! Is it as good as OG PtE? That's an impossibly high bar to clear, and when you try to top near-perfection, any deviation from the norm is more likely to make a lesser product than a greater - essentially, there's almost no room to improve, but plenty of room to decline.

That said, this is without a doubt an impeccably well crafted beer. It's tasty, superbly balanced, and has a near-perfect mouthfeel for an 8% beer. Near perfect? Actually, maybe perfect, period.

Jun 03, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a small pour from a 16oz can. Light golden, thin, patchy head. Hoppy aroma, funky, piney, floral. Taste is hoppy, woody, slick and finishes sticky with a pleasant bitterness. Glad to get a taste of this whale.

May 31, 2020
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Original_Gravity from California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from can into glass. Straw color (not hazy). Smell is a more subdued version of the OG Pliny piney resinous, with nice undertones of tropical fruit. Taste is very similar to the smell; piney with notes of fruit. The mouthfeel of this is what really sets it apart from the OG; softer with less bite - more drinkable and accessible than the OG. Overall: an excellent beer that is deserving of the Pliny name!

May 28, 2020
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jfh from California

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a first taste, just arrived in mail, cooled in the freezer, opinion. Poured from CAN into chilled, insulated SS cup, outdoors at 95 degrees. Not a huge abundance of head 1/4-3/8 inch, poured carefully, but it has staying power, lining the cup with a ring after each drink. Good carbonation not sharp on the tongue with excessive CO2. Clear beer not hazy. After a few good drinks, can see the bottom of the cup. Medium yellow, not amber, not orange. Smell was less floral/flowery than Fresh Pliny from bottle. Taste, imperial IPA all the way. Heavier, slightly viscous mouth feel as compared to an IPA. Great flavor with dry hops giving to me a dankness not in regular Pliny. Went down quickly while chatting with friends. Have more to drink and experience.

Hi folks, second taste, wow. Properly cooled in the frig for 24 hours; 8 oz of can poured into a Bike Dog pilsner glass (and refilled while watching Rick Beato talk about Smells like Teen Spirit on You Tube). The aroma is wonderful. Fragrant, citrus but something else, guava? Passionfruit? softer, somewhat sweeter? The taste, is great, still a full imperial IPA mouth feel, but more citrus yumminess and none of the dank flavor I noted before. This is a first class, hope you get to try it beer. Note: I do weird things like let a beer go flat in the frig and try it next day. Or let a beer get to room temperature and see how it holds up. I hope to do that with this beer over the next few days. I have a picture on my phone but not sure if it can be posted.

May 28, 2020
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