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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Date: 4/20/14
Location: 98 Bottles (San Diego)
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Amber to Orange in color with a thumb size white carbonated head. The beer maintains a carbonated ring at its edge throughout. Little haze but the beer is opaque when put to light. The beer has a modest cling as the carbonation works it's way down after every sip.
Aromatics: A wonderful aroma that starts with fruits like tangerines, pineapple, and grapefruit. A very flavorful tartness that comes from the many hops in the beer yet it still smells a bit honeyed.
Flavor: Just a beautiful flavor as the yeast gives the beer a buttered silky flavor in the front. With the fruit rushing to the middle adding nice zest. Definitely getting the most from the grapefruit. The finish ends with the citrus pine and slight resin of hops.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp as can be. Medium body with medium high carbonation. The tart stays on my tongue with some hop pine as the beer begins to fade after my last sip.
Notes: Brought from San Diego from my brother. Bottled 3/10/14.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can never have enough Pliny! This is one of the best bank for your buck beers out there. Great dry hop smell and flavor and that not overly bitter. Smooth dipa that you can drink again, and again, and again....

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

This is know my favorite beer of all time. I just found out that this was made by accident? This beer is better than the younger but not by much. Well worth the hype. I have not tried this in bottles but the draft is second to none. Phily is the Only place outside of the west coast to get it.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I never expected to be able to try at least until the next trip to visit relatives in California. That I can do so now is thanks to the seemingly unbounded generosity of BigStein88.

Bottled 1/17/14. Nearly two months old, but I'm not unhappy with that considering it travelled from California to New England and changed hands again after that.

Poured from the 16.25 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint. Couldn't resist the irony.

a: Clear dark gold with a two inch tall white head which dissipated slowly to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Intense pine. Some floral notes.

t; Very smooth first impression, indefinable almost bubble gummy flavor followed by moderate hop bite and some floral notes. Bitterness lingers on the tongue but is mellowed by the floral aspect. Very "refined" tasting, although it becomes predictably rougher and more bitter as it warms. 8% alcohol? You've got to be kidding. Where?

m: Slickly smooth. Little carbonation.

o: If it's this good with nearly two months on it, what is it like fresh? Definitely one of the very best DIPAs I have had. Although the hop bite is less than some, it does not hang on and get annoying, and the pine and floral flavors make this Pliny shine.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,426 ratings.
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