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%
Saturday at 10:35 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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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
Saturday at 10:35 PM
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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
Rated: 4.94 by Wamba from Illinois

Sep 08, 2023
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

This beer pours a golden hue and is topped with a couple inches of off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

It has a real nice fruity citrus aroma. I get a little pine.

Nice balance of citrus and pine flavors. A little bit of lingering resin in the finish

Very good IIPA. It's one of the pioneers. As with all trailblazers newer and better beers come along. I live in Ohio and am very happy that I can drink Hop Juju. Someday it, too, will be a trailblazer in the rear-view mirror of my lifelong beer trek.
Sep 01, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by BeerVeer from California

Aug 25, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Aug 20, 2023
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