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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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My turn to take a swing at the much hyped Pliny the Elder. A big thanks to the Apt family for making this happen. I know this bad boy is hard to come by.

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Pours a mostly clear copper with a generous 1.5 finger off white head. NIce and fluffy and does a great job of clinging to the glass with solid retention. Intense amount of carbination bubbles shooting from bottom to top.

S- Impressive, big aroma of robust amount of floral, citrus, and pine hops. Fresh hop oils. Resinous. A tropical scented freshener. A nice touch of biscuits gives me indication this isn't going to be a one note song.

T- Oh my. So, so smooth. Perfect job of following the great direction the nose was leading. Layers of complex hops that I smelled. Grapefruit, orange, some pine and floral notes. Then comes a mellow course of bready malts to give it just the right amount of balance for the style. A lingering bitterness comes through on the finish.

M- I am not sure if this quality can get any better. It is so creamy and smooth with little to no trace of alcohol it is scary. The drinkability is nuts. Juicy, yet still has a touch of dryness at the end that leaves you not wanting to put the glass down and continue drinking. Perfect carbonation.

O- I wasn't sure it could live up to the hype, but I think it did. It is about as perfectly crafted a beer as I have had. I'll give it the slight edge over Hopslam as my favorite DIPA. As the label indicates, this is a beer to drink fresh as possible. I would love to try this on tap as i have heard it is even better.

Bottled on 3-12-13
Consumed on 4-14-13

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,450 ratings.
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