Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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100
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14,487 Ratings
Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
14,487
Reviews:
3,698
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
7,322
Gots:
4,329
For Trade:
106
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Ratings: 14,487 |  Reviews: 3,698
Photo of mperrin
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - beautiful hazy, golden orange with a creamy white head... nice lacing

Smell - incredible bouquet of citrus - grapefruits, oranges, lemons

Taste - upfront citrus blast with a spicy bite. Back end of a sip settles into a nice, dry, almost mouth-puckering pleasingness. Alcohol is prevalent, but definitely in the background.

Mouthfeel - As I said before, very nice refreshing citrus up front followed with the impending dryness experienced by any IIPA.

Drinkability - Unbelievably refreshing, I could (and probably would if given the chance) drink this until sleep or unconsciousness sets in. The best IIPA I've had in terms of drinkability.

Overall, one of the better IIPA's I've had, though not the best. Overwhelming citrus taste, but lacking the complexity I expected. However, I would drink, refill, and drink again.

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Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jeffh84
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Fcolle2
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours straw golden in color with a foamy white head that retains nicely. Smell has huge juicy and piney hop aroma that is incredibly fresh and balanced by a sweet grainy malt aroma. Hops also dominate the taste with a equally piney and juicy citrus and fruity flavor. Hefty amount of bitterness is balanced perfectly with a big amount of sweet malt that comes off almost fruity as well. Medium bodied and super sticky lets you savor all the hops in this.

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Photo of awillick
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rw1992
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NCBeernut
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big but still crisp and refreshing enough for a hot summer day with complexity in the hop profile dominated by citrus fruits. Chunky lacing running down my empty pint glass confirmed the generous load of hops that went into this.

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Photo of HoppySuds
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Coppery straw, brilliant clarity. Modest head but relentless lacing.

Smell is pleasant.... citrus, pine, floral.... the usual suspects for a quality ipa or dipa. Sturdy bready, raisiny malt undertones.

Flavor is somewhat underwhelming for such a hyped beer. The citrus from the nose shines. Well balanced and phenomenally drinkable.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard. No faults detected.

This is a case where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. No one aspect is all that striking,other than the fact that this is a completely flawless beer from start to finish. Impressive brew.

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Photo of WonderfulBeth
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: clear, dark, golden yellow with foamy white head

S: Notes of grapefruit, apricot, slight malt sweetness. super floral hops

T: Piney orange rind with a strong, medium-plus bitterness. some apricot notes. malt flavour is balanced with the hop bitterness

M: excellent medium/medium-plus mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. very dry finish

O: a bitter and super hoppy but delicious IPA

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Photo of Tapjockey
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BenHesk12
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had pliny the elder many times, and it never fails to provide intense IPA flavors tagged with an deeply enjoyable bitterness.

That being said, the hype and low supply of this beer is probably what inspires most people to try it and buy every bottle of it they can get their hands on.

Great beer, stands up to other highly ranked IPA's, but is it worth the hype? I guess that's for you to decide.

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Photo of tepee28
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HenryCrow
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of haddon
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color of this beer is a beautiful golden translucent hue... if you've ever dabbled in homebrewing, then you know how difficult pure gold color is to achieve. an aggressive pour gave a thick 3-finger head and lacing all the way down the tulip.

On the nose, amazing. All good IPA's have citrus notes but this is like walking through the produce aisle at Fresh Market... pineapple, orange, grapefruit with an oh so subtle malt note. close to perfect!

lots of world class IPA's find that great flavor profile balance between citrus & pine... but this is the standard by which all others are measured. Citrus notes come across as pineapple & orange peel. There is definitely a piney, pepper bite that many in this class are missing. I love the balance it brings.

Body is medium with a thick, velvety texture. just right amount of carbonation.

Well, I've been reading about the PtE hype for years... this. does. not. disappoint. this is probably the best IPA I've had that mixes the perfect hop blend of citrus & piney bite.

Well done, Russian River. You almost make me want to move to CA (not really... folks out there are a bit odd).

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a nice golden yellow, with just a hint of orange.

The smell is very nice....VERY hoppy, with a malty underbelly.

Flavour is all about the hops. It's just hopt top, hop middle, hop bottom. In between the layers, there's a mortar of malt...and it all finishes nice and spicy.

Mouthfeel is very nice and full, nice and steady. Extremely even...

Top marks on drinkability. I'd say I want an IV of this, but then it would never hit my tastebuds. :)

Be well
-UF

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Photo of Smidge
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JoeyDubs
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cdman56
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rhinis23
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sfr26
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of madpentzer
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kspinner08
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of dlap
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle date 3/29/11 got on a trade
A:poured a honey golden color with a loose white head.
S:the first whiff goes through my head like a wave, beautiful smell of citrus hops with pine notes
T:taste of piney hops with a bitter end that does not linger
M:increadably smooth mouth feel
O:hops meet creamy mouthfeel with a balenced bitter end,loved it
Wolf among scrubs

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,487 ratings.
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