Pliny The Elder
Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #3
Ranked #36
4.64 | pDev: 7.76%
Yesterday at 06:12 PM
Aug 24, 2003
Pliny the Elder is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops. It is well-balanced with malt, hops, and alcohol, slightly bitter with a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. Best enjoyed FRESH! That is why we make it in such limited supply. Actual bottling date is printed on each bottle!
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Ratings by bbtkd:
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Russian River Pliny the Elder Imperial IPA, 8% ABV. Pours clear golden with 4+ finger off-white head that left huge foamy lacing. Nose is fruity and malty with light pine. Taste is fruity honey, lightly piney, slightly sweet and moderately bitter. Real nice mouthfeel with good carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall world-class. Should have bought more.
Jun 11, 2022
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Rated: 4.75 by JLaw55 from Missouri

Yesterday at 06:12 PM
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Reviewed by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Had on tap for the first time ever at a bar in Denver.

L-Golden colored beer with lively carbonation. Lacy thin head that stays around for a while.
S-Strong notes of floral, and fruity notes. Lots of apple and some strawberry, pineapple and blueberry. Fresh hop, earthy and piney resin, slight sweetness that follows.
T-Minimal yet bitter bite, slight crisp sweetness. Grainy and floral flavor throughout. Peppery bite. Some strawberry, blueberry and apple as well. Fresh.
F-Crisp, light and bubbly mouthfeel. Very light. Refreshing.
O-A damn good and perfectly crafted ipa. I can see how this is world class. Incredibly fresh and refreshing from end to end. Articulate flavor profile. Rewarding to drink. It started it all, and everyone is trying to recreate it’s greatness. It did it first. Glad I got to try it.
Yesterday at 01:42 AM
Rated: 4.29 by Jcreek from Illinois

Friday at 11:56 PM
Rated: 4.56 by jchanley from Illinois

Friday at 11:55 PM
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Rated by erickc from Washington

4.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had on tap at Special Brews Lynnwood, WA
Nov 25, 2023
Rated: 5 by Nyoder

Nov 25, 2023
Rated: 5 by BillTheCat4Pres from Texas

Nov 14, 2023
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Rated by Alrogio from Oregon

5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is the standard by which all other IPA's shall be hence forth judged. I have tasted perfection, and it is Pliny the Elder!
Oct 29, 2023
Rated: 4.85 by jromanski from Pennsylvania

Oct 28, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by wekoontz from Maine

Oct 25, 2023
Rated: 4.65 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Oct 23, 2023
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Rated by Phoodcritic from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Overall, it’s a good DIPA, with an enticing aroma, but I prefer the taste of Hopslam.
Oct 21, 2023
Rated: 4.67 by Buthrukaur

Oct 03, 2023
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Reviewed by TheAwkwardBanana from Washington

4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This beer is the most drinkable imperial I've had. Not a heavy, malty IPA with bad mouthfeel for once, but refreshing and clean. Dry-ish finish. Nice balance of fruit/citrus with pine. Dangerously good, I feel lucky to find it at my local bottle shop in Washington.
Oct 02, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by Gfunk27 from New Jersey

Sep 24, 2023
Rated: 4.68 by Dethark from England

Sep 19, 2023
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
L - light yellow golden with a ton of clarity, a white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a thin cap and a good amount of lacing
S - Bright, floral piney hops along with notes of citrus zest
T - Follows the nose: bright, fresh, floral, pine, slightly bitter hops up front and throughout intermixed well with notes of citrus - candied grapefruit, orange zest - cracker malt, a little bit of honey, grass notes
F - light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation - bright, fresh, crispy - very clean
O - one of the benchmarks for the West Coast IPA style. Incredibly well balanced and easy to drink. Glad to have finally gotten my hands on it
Sep 17, 2023
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Rated by speaking_for_trees from Vermont

4.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sep 14, 2023
Rated: 4.29 by Cheesehoops from Alabama

Sep 10, 2023
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