Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,423 Ratings
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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4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sought this beer after reading reviews here is my overall impression:

Overall it had a very nice golden/caramel body, with a citrus scented overtones and has a thick, billowy head. This beer has a smooth, rich flavor with a hoppy bitterness that finishes perfectly.

This was the first time experiencing a DIPA that I actually would drink again, I typically do not enjoy hoppy beers!

Serving type: bottle
Bottled: 01/06/14
Opened: 02/02/14

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured 510ml bottle dated 1/17/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a clean copper gold with a nice frothy one finger white head. Great lacing and carbonation.

S-Aroma is green pine needles lightly spritzed with grapefruit juice.

T-Flavor is better than smell, it has citrus with a subtle malt backbone.

M-The balance in this is exquisite. A little bit of floral spice, lightly sweet, a solid bitterness and with a drier finish than most IPAs.

O-I can see why there is so much hype surrounding this, it is quite excellent.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 week old bottle poured into a nonic glass. My 1st beer of the evening.

The color is great, kind-of a light copper/sweet orange. Mild haze, certainly not able to see through. Head was nice but disappeared quickly. Lacing all the way down.

The aroma was nice but a bit more piney and not nearly as citrus-y as i had expected.

Overall, very carbonated, nice tiny bubbles. Taste's like a world class double IPA. I like a bit more melon personally, but who am i to complain. If i lived in an area where this was readily available i'm sure i'd drink plenty of it, though i think i may prefer Blind Pig. All that said, drinking fresh Maine Beer Co. on the east coast seems just as nice. Cheers.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopyard in Pleasanton, CA

Nice straw color w/ a white two finger head. Smells of pine and faint malt. Tastes better than it smells...lots of pine and faint citrus with fantastic bitterness that manages to stay away from being over the top hoppy and dry. Alcohol is completely hidden. Very good beer that is really easy to drink but the Lagunitas Fusion 20 SF I had before this was better. Glad to have finally tried Pliny but seems overly hyped.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My impressions of this beer were all good. I found this to be very dry, but not overly astringent. The hop aroma was strong and citrusy, with a light malt note to back that up. The flavor really matched the aroma well with no huge surprises. The dry finish and lack of alcohol warming makes this beer deceptively smooth and easy to drink, perhaps the most dangerous of the ones I tried. Folks not prepared for this alcohol content could put down a few of these before realizing just how strong they are! I have tried the bigger brawnier brother (Pliny the Younger) and that one takes it to the next level--more in line with a lot of the recent additions to the pantheon.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,423 ratings.
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