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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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was bottled on 3-10-14 and consumed on 3-18-14 cannot get much fresher then that really...

Appearance- Beautiful orange color, almost shins in the sun light, thick white head, alcohol legs, a 2-3 finger head with a solid pour

Smell- WOW a trust West Coast hop bomb this is what a classic, Dry West Coast hop aroma, orange peel , citrus, light malty bread notes to round out the dank hop aroma adds a solid backbone to this beer, hint of pineapple, hint of garlic or chives for some solid dankness one of the BEST IPA's in the WORLD...all the classic IPA character true hop heads love

Taste- WOW just class West Coast hop dryness, pineapple, light bread notes, dank hop and garlic notes, some citrus and pineapple notes as well just fantastic EASILY one of the TOP 2 IPA's I have ever had the pleasure to have...A MUST HAVE IF YOU ARE A TRUE HOP HEAD....DRINKS THIS BEER AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE...

Mouthfeel- Classic West Coast IPA dryness, bitter yet smooth hop after taste and at 8% ABV very easy to drink at that....

Overall- One of my Favorite beers of ALL TIME for sure if you are from California and are a HOP HEAD and you have not had this beer you are missing out for sure....ITS A MUST HAVE...if you are able to find it....CHEERS

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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  rDev -13%

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

A: Pours a very nice copper color with a large two finger white head, good retention and lacing.
S: Big citrus, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and more grapefruit. Picking up pine as well.
T: Same as the smell. I can't get enough of it, truly amazing! Very hoppy.
M: Medium light, bitter, dry , and sticky. Top notch!
O: I wish I lived in CA just for this beer? Glad it is easy to attain, got as an extra in a trade. About 2 1/2 weeks old.

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3/5  rDev -34.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I've heard it's better in bottle, but I wasn't impressed with the draft version. good aroma and color. Taste was kind of a hop smack without much character or balance. Good mouthfeel. Way overrated, unlike the younger, which is really well balanced.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Thanks to my California trade connection(Jesse) for this one!

1 pint, 1.25 oz(510ml) brown bottle with a beautiful Russian River shape. This is what we've come to know Pliny the Elder to look like bottle wise. Beautiful green label with a red and white logo. Bottle informs you to drink this stuff fresh multiple times. Really a genius bottling. Poured into a large nonic pint glass.

A - yellow golden body with highlights of orange throughout. Nice haze and very active. White head poured very nice before settling into a ring of lace covering the top of its golden body. Very nice stick clings to the walls of the glass. Just a beautiful dipa. It's haze and glows in the light while providing a big active bubble effect on the pour.

S - the best nose I've ever whiffed. There is some classic hop notes up front with pine and grapefruit but turns quickly to big bold fruitiness of passion fruit, pineapple, and a touch of mango. It's actually west coast meets tropical sweetness. Just damn brilliant. Sweet malts and a hint of grain mellow everything out in the best possible way imaginable. This has big hop aromas balanced quite nicely and gets the nose across in a massive but a very smooth character.

T - wow.. I don't think I can stop drinking this to review it! It's that good. Bitter grapefruit, pine and faint grass notes to start only to make way for a gushing fruitiness of pineapple, passion fruit, soft mango, and pear. Fruity and citric! The hops are complex but there's so much going on with the fruitiness that the pine and grapefruit almost seem sweet. Pale malts paired with big bready malts give Pliny the Elder a balance unlike any other. Hop forward but with sweet malt undertones just sit Pliny apart from the rest of the world. Fruity alcohol esters, Resinous hop notes and fresh dankness sit in the finish and just make it impossible not to take the next sip.

M - big medium body and right down scary in texture and thickness. This is one of the greatest feels I've ever had. It's big and flavorful yet thick enough to add a crazy smoothness. It coats and drinks like a dipa should. Not overbearing but just down right luscious and delicious. The absolute best!

O - I have my favorite beers but Pliny the Elder is of another breed. This is hands down the greatest beer ever created and the best dipa in the world. It's just scary good and it oozes class. The sort of world class liquid we all strive to find. I am amazed every single time I have this, and we are lucky to have such a grand offering available in the world of craft beer today. Pliny the Elder is a treat and I look forward to drinking this again soon. If you love dipa's then you must seek this one out! It's just one of those experiences everyone should have at some point. Thank you Russian River for creating and delivering such an awesome ale!

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,495 ratings.
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