Double Dry-Hopped Pliny The Elder
Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #59
Ranked #634
4.41 | pDev: 5.44%
Mar 27, 2022
Jan 02, 2021
Double Dry-Hopped Pliny The ElderDouble Dry-Hopped Pliny The Elder
Notes: A new beer for a new year! We know many of you were sad when Pliny The Elder did not win the election in 2020 and faded off into the sunset. So we decided to revive the Pliny For President recipe with a few modifications and created Double Dry-Hopped Pliny in a can for the first time ever! Don't worry, this will be the first of many tasty batches. DDH Pliny will be sticking around for a while! Cheers!
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4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by 5toutman75 from Illinois

From the latest release (about 3 week old I'd say)
Consumed 3/27/22

This beer was such a pain to get into Chicago. USPS almost destroyed my package and I think I love the beer more because it took so long in the mail. As for the beer though, I LOVE the dry finish, drinkability (for an 8% abv) and flavor. I feel like this style of beer is unfair on ratings when compared to hazies. There's just not as much happening on the nose and they're not as pretty as a hazy beer. But this kills in the hop bite and mouthfeel. It's a world class beer and worth seeking out.

Mar 27, 2022
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4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Whyteboar from Michigan

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Received via LIF from one JayORear related to NBW BIF #14 and drank it at 27 days old.
Pour was into an imperial pint pilsner glass - the color was honey orange and it appeared unfiltered. The cap was a 1 finger nearly white head that dissipated quickly but left very clingy lacing. Enticing!
The aroma is no less promising, in fact it is so inviting I had to sip before the head had settled all the way. West coast piney goodness in spades.
The taste follows. No surprises, it's just straight up WC IPA in piney flavor and dryness (yet manages to be thirst quenching - how is *that* done?)
The feel, well if I hadn't consumed it so quickly I might be able to share more on this feature, but I can say for certain that nothing at all detracted from it.
OA, so glad I finally got to try this; thank you Jay!

Mar 22, 2022
4.5 by Narthax from Texas on Mar 09, 2022
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4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Gatch from Massachusetts

A pleasant surprise at Pizza Port OB! They just tapped this as I was about to order a PP beer. Well, as expected, a massively hopped and bitter monster. Incredibly balanced yet dry and approachable. Oddly enough, I’d prefer this in a can or crowler as it’s so huge that I’d rather enjoy at home.

Mar 05, 2022
4.5 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Feb 19, 2022
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4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by elNopalero from California

Enjoyed on tap, straight from the source.

Like a bright ray of sunshine, this glows in the glass. Bracingly bitter, with all the piney Pliny goodness you’ve come to love. Hops pop. Drying finish. I love it.

Jan 12, 2022
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4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 32-oz. crowler
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Melvin 14-oz. Spiegelau IPA glass
Price: $12.99
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: April 15, 2021
Consumed: April 15, 2021
Misc.: Crowled on April 15, 2021

Saw that this was at Blind Lady Ale House. Had to sneak over and grab a crowler of it. Russian River’s website described it as “Pliny the Elder was one of the first commercially brewed Double IPA’s created by Vinnie in 1999 while the brewery was still owned by Korbel Winery. In 2020, we brewed Pliny for President by taking the original recipe and adding a 2 step double dry-hop (DDH) process. This beer was a huge hit with not only beer enthusiasts but the entire RRBC crew! So we decided to bring it back in 2021 with DDH Pliny the Elder. The original Pliny and DDH Pliny both have the same hop bill, while the amount of dry hops is roughly doubled in the DDH Pliny. The original Pliny is dry-hopped on day 7 with about 2 pounds per barrel, and DDH Pliny is dry-hopped on day 1 and again on day 6 for a total of about 4 pounds per barrel. This double dry-hopping process adds even more flavor, complexity, hop aroma, and freshness to the beer.”

Poured a medium yellow clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of rocky white head. Just a few bubbles underneath the head. World-class foamy lacing. Almost-perfect foamy retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled Simcoe, Amarillo, pine, black pepper, onion, garlic, cat piss, orange rind and lemon. Smelled even better from the crowler can. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted even better than the nose. Got Simcoe, black pepper, bitter pine, resin, onion, garlic, cat piss, orange rind, Amarillo, tangerine, lemon, lime and CTZ. Pretty smooth for 8 pct. ABV. (Taste - 4.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 5.00)

Just an almost perfect beer. I know my taste has changed, but for a West Coast DIPA this was almost perfect. NOTE: Realized after the fact that this was my exact rating (all five categories) to the regular Pliny the Elder. (Overall - 4.75)

4.72 | 100 | A+

Jan 10, 2022
4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jan 05, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

It's quite refreshingly delicious. Unfiltered golden body, big pine and citrus, medium caramel, great balance. Packs a bit more grapefruit and pine resin than standard, which is great- keeps up with evolving palates. Medium bodied, good carb and balance

Jan 02, 2022
4.25 by Resistance88 from California on Dec 06, 2021
4.4 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Nov 29, 2021
4.25 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Nov 22, 2021
4.5 by festizio from California on Nov 22, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MacMalt from New Jersey

Received from @2beerdogs. Canned on 10/28/2021 so 3 weeks old when reviewed. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a slightly hazy, pale golden-honey color with a large, creamy, bright white cap and lots of thick, clinging lacing. An intense, citrusy nose with lots of lemon, grapefruit, orange, and a whiff of pineapple. The taste is dominated by West Coast-style bitterness along with tart lemon peel and grapefruit rind, resinous pine, and some tasty orange notes from the Amarillo hops. The CTZ and Simcoe add an herbal touch to the citrus. The flavors are bright and the bitterness is clean. As it warms a bit I'm tasting more of the earthy malt backbone. This ale is crisp with fairly lively carbonation, and it drinks easily at 8% ABV. In fact, despite the bitterness there is an overall softness that really hits the spot. Overall, while this version of Pliny the Elder doesn't quite have the star power of the original recipe, it's nonetheless a world-class DIPA that any brewery would be proud to make.

Nov 19, 2021
4.33 by edthehead from New York on Oct 23, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Griffin2 from Virginia

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 9;08/21 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head.
S - Smells of citrus and pine.
T - Tastes of citrus with a nice bitterness.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - After so many New England IPAs, this is a delicious West Coast IPA.

Oct 20, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer is a clear light golden color that is clear. The head pours a white and moderate foamy head that dissipates at a moderate pace.

The smell has a nice stonefruit note with a light but noticeable grapefruit in the finish.

The taste is very good. The stone fruit is a bit less present than it was in the smell and gives more space to the grapefruit note. There is a slight sugary and sweet note from the malts in the finish.

The feel is good. It has a medium body with some lightness to it. The carbonation is biting and tingling.

Overall, this a good example of an old school West Coast IPA that isn't overly hopped but relies on a unique blend of flavors.

Sep 30, 2021
4.6 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Sep 30, 2021
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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by acurtis from New Jersey

Draft at Monks Cafe

Sep 28, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

on draft, served in .4L will becher type glass

clear, medium golden in color, thick white head. Big grassy and floral hop aroma. Taste is refreshingly bitter and crisp. drier finish. thin to medium bodied.

Sep 15, 2021
4.5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Sep 14, 2021
4.66 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Sep 11, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: dank pine;

T: apricot, peach, citrus, and pine from start to finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: really nice, but I prefer the original;

Sep 10, 2021
4.22 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Aug 30, 2021
4.5 by hockeypuck from Maine on Aug 23, 2021
4.38 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Aug 23, 2021
4.5 by paulish from New York on Aug 13, 2021
4.45 by simonrgilbert57 from California on Aug 07, 2021
4.52 by MattBeer from California on Aug 06, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BiologyBob from Texas

Pliny pour nice a gold, with a bit haze and a thin white head. It smells a bit danky, like old socks. Flavor is par for an IPA, and a bit mute for a double dry-hopped. The Elder is medium bodied and drinks smooth.

Aug 02, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by mothman from Minnesota

Can. White head. Lace. Clear golden color.

Earthy, piney, grassy, floral. Resiny. Dank. Weedy. Grapefruit citrus. Nice bitterness. Very drinkable. Crisp and smooth. Love this.

Jul 16, 2021
4.46 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Jun 22, 2021
4.5 by EMH73 from New York on Jun 20, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BeerDawgs from Georgia

Canned on date of 5.19.21

Excellent brew as expected but I prefer the standard Pliny

Jun 19, 2021
4.28 by ToddBeans from Kentucky on Jun 14, 2021
4.52 by LXIXME from New Mexico on May 31, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by UWDAWG from Washington

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a snifter.

Look- Between pale and medium gold, mildly hazy, sudsy white head, average head retention, above average lacing.

Smell- Very robust aroma; pine resin, orange, grapefruit.

Taste- Vibrant flavors; pine resin, grapefruit.

Feel- Between thin and medium body, high bitterness, average carbonation, moderately prickly, sticky lingering pine finish.

Overall- Amazing West Coast IPA. Bigger bouquet and more vibrant flavors than the original.

May 27, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by scootny from New York

Beautiful gold with a slightly less that perfect clarity. Given the cool versus cold serving temperature it most certainly isn't chill haze. A healthy white head leaves a ton of lace on the official IPA Fest glass.

Nose is a wonderful and classic blend of pilsner dominated malt grains and sweetness with a load of pine and mild citrus. the dry hopping ups the florals and citrus while undergirding the pine.

Taste is a trip back to the days when that West Coast take on an IPA was novel. When pine and grapefruit forward profiles were rare and hard to get right. Solid but subserviant malt supports an all hop show. Pine is the main player with a rush of grapefruit and hop oil in the shot and dry finish. No trace of the booze and this makes it quite dangerous.

Feel is medium light with a lively carbonation. Quenching, refreshing and way too easy to drink.

This is a nice take on a foundational West Coast IPA. Just under two months old this is a firmly bitter beer that delivers on its history and reformulation .

May 26, 2021
4.27 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on May 22, 2021
4.49 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on May 18, 2021
Double Dry-Hopped Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 129 ratings