Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Great beer, clean, beautiful color unbelievable taste. After waiting so long to get my hands on it was definitely impressed.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden orange with a good sized white, foamy head.

S - Big fruity hop smell. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and just a little lemon. Good amount of pine too.

T - Similar to the smell. Lots of hops, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon, pine, as well as some floral and other earthy flavors. Considering all this, it isn't too bitter. There is bitterness present, but there are so many other flavors it doesn't seem overpowering. The fruit flavors provide a very subtle sweetness along with some pale malt as well.

M - Medium to full body with good carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

D - Great drinkability. Goes down easy and taste wonderful. The hop flavors work so well together and it is quite refreshing. Would love to sit back and enjoy a few, unfortunately the ABV (and at the moment availability) prevents that somewhat.

Notes: Wonderful beer with lots of West Coast type of hop flavors. Really good mix of hops that compliment each other. Also considering what it is and the amount of hops that are tasted, it is well balanced. There is a nice bitterness, but that is more in the background.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit, after trying to track this down for about the past year and a half, and reading all the hype, I thought I would end up being disappointed when I found this beer on tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA . Luckily I was in for a pleasant surprise...

Served in a tulip glass, it was golden amber with some slight cloudiness, a nice sticky looking head and great lacing. Mouthwatering aroma of American hops with lots of pine notes, and some sweet bready fragrances in the background. I was blown away after one sip by how a beer with so much bitterness and hop flavor can come out so balanced. Loads of pine and white grapefruit hop flavor in the forefront, but with plenty of malt sweetness to back it up. There seemed to be a little bit of cannabis like skunkyness in the ultra dry finish that mixed in with the seemingly endless piney hop aftertaste and just the right amount of alcoholic warmth. Unlike other doubles like 90 and Hop Wallop, this beer finishes very dry, despite the amount of sweetness. This dry finish and the medium body make it all too drinkable. Vinnie has crafted a very well done beer that does a great job of distinguishing itself amongst a crowded style. Bravo!

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,449 ratings.
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