Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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4.65/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14
Reviews:
3,740
Ratings:
14,809
pDev:
7.74%
Bros Score:
4.68
 
 
Wants:
7,450
Gots:
4,505
Trade:
103
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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GilBlas
4.82/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just perfect. On tap at the incomparable Monk's, in Philadelphia.

Look is gorgeous clear golden nectar.

Smell is bright with pine and grapefruit, with lingering citrus and a depth of dank hops.

Taste is bright and clean, in waves of pine and citrus, especially grapefruit. Malt is robust and really carries the hops. Finish is super dry with grapefruit pith dominant. That strong bitterness limits "drinkability," insofar as the beer itself sets your pace, encouraging you to wait, let the full flavor develop and dissipate on the palate, and then go in for another sip after due time. In this, Pliny differs from its best New England siblings (you know who I mean), which tend to invite you back for quick sipping. I appreciate Pliny's maturity on this front.

Feel is medium bodied but thoroughly satisfying. Beautiful carbonation lifting up all that intense flavor and aroma.

Overall: Supreme. A total pleasure to spend time with this masterpiece.

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Photo of FloydTurbo
4.77/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As good as it gets, consistency is the key and this hits every one of the catagories hard. Aroma starts with a smooth pine smell. Taste has several layers that encompass pine hops, all the way down to some flavour of apple, lime and pine apple. Highly recommended. Easy to get in California. Love it on tap

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Photo of justinv29
4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mariewarchol
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dafla67
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gozoom
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ahypercube
4.32/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super excited for this one. This is my 100th review, and for this special one, I am pulling Pliny the Elder out of my fridge. Now I came upon this brew about 2.5 weeks ago, when my new best friend Daniel asked me if I liked beer. I informed him of my beer reviewing hobby, and he proceeded to show me two bottles of this rare beauty he had just gotten from a friend. I was flabbergasted when he gave me one, just to spread the love. Thank you, Daniel. This review is for you.

Unfortunately, I have no idea what this little bottle went through before he became mine, and the bottling date is 9/1/17, which is well over six months ago. Absolute sacrilege, considering the label decor which clearly emphasizes the importance of freshness to the experience of this beer.

L: It pours with an opaque orange body like a Hefeweizen. The goblet holds precious little lacing from the finger of head that rises from the pour. The bubbles are extremely fine. So is the haze.

S: This is a very mild DIPA. I would even expect that I would say the same of it when fresh. Peach, mango, banana, apricot, plum, lemon, thyme, cooked onion and some very mild bread character are detectable on the nose, but nothing jumps out.

T: This certainly does a fantastic job of hiding the alcohol. Nothing particularly striking in the flavor, but enough of it to hold an 8% brew together. The onion/garlic richness and some oxidized peach take the lead, followed by a building herbal hop bitterness from thyme that ends in sweet honey and wheat bread. Very much like Hopslam. Hopslam is better. Actually this brew doesn't even make my list of top 10 DIPAs.

F: The texture is thick and smooth, but a bit of cloying sweetness lingers on the tongue, exacerbating the nausea from its sweetness. For the reputation, I’m not impressed.

O: If this beer did not carry such a reputation, I would probably be impressed. That said, if this is the best the world of beer can offer, I am sorely disapppinted. Fortunately, it isn't, at least by my taste. For certain I still need to try it fresh, but I honestly doubt that even the day after bottling that it would be hands down the best in the world. Rather than seeking out this rare whale, I recommend trying something more available, like West Coast IPA. Or Hop Stoopid. Or Pure Hoppiness. Or Enjoy By. Or Hoptimum.

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Photo of jripley97
4.69/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joshuabarnett
4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJ64
4.13/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frautschys
4.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bdiiorio
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bradlowman
4.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SirNicholas33
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Brendanjames
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TreBonez
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Henrythethird
4.42/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great brew by Russian River. It’s solid although I have had one bad bottle but overall the hops are on point and it’s something that’s very easy to keep sipping on! Can never go wrong when it’s on draft!!!

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Photo of OzarkPA
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pitchfork2322
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npendres
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewme
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up two bottles, courtesy of a trade with Treesonbrown23. Bottled-on dates of 3/28/18. This is the White Whale for us an the East Coast. Very nice, smooth brew. Did not quite live up to the hype for me, especially with all the great brews in New England, but it is very good.

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Photo of tbradfo
3.99/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,809 ratings