Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,375 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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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

American double / Imperial IPA
8% ABV
100 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a bright, vibrant golden hue. Seems to glow or burn like fire dancing with orange highlights. Dense, billowy three fingers of head with great lacing.

AROMA: Did I just snort a line of hops? In your face hops, intense pine and resin. Very dank and earthy that starts to give way to a fruit bomb of grapefruit, mango, papaya and citrus. End with light floral and grassy notes.

TASTE: like tiny angels dancing on my tongue! First taste is that hoppy bitterness that takes over your mouth. Once you get used to it the layers of sweetness from the fruit really shine. Light lemon grass and floral hits with that great bitterness remaining throughout.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with lively carbonation. Coats the entire mouth allowing the complex layers to really come out. Finished perfectly dry with nice lingering bitterness.

OVERALL: This is the IPA I hold all others up against. For me and my pallet it's perfect. I 100% understand the hype behind this beer. From popping the bottle to the last sip out of my glass it never disappoints.

RATING: 5/5 Zombie Heads!

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4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing hop flavor,nice and clean and crisp. A friend of mine makes a Pliny clone home brew and it's spot on. Love this beer. Just wish I could get it more often. Haven't had the younger yet, but I've always been asking for it. Reminds me a lot of Heady Topper.

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4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa, Ca

I for one enjoy hype surrounding a beer, were enthusiasts and to not get excited about a beer is just silly. Coming from the East Coast and having heard so much about this beer i was very excited to jump into a few of these on my vacation to San Francisco and the greater area. Unfortunately i thought Pliny the Elder was just Good, it wasnt Very good. I had rought a half dozen beers on the west coast i thought were better presentations. but i still enjoyed this beer

A - Great looking beer, was a deep Amber/orangish brew, had a nice fluffy head that retained well

S - Very jumpy pine and grapefruit at first gives way to a little dankier hops, but seemed less dynamic than i anticipated.

T - Grapefruite comes first and there is great balance in this beer with the strong hop notes and a nice malt backbone to hold it all together, only problem was it seemed like a short taste. there were flahses of citrus and some pine, but really not as robust and complex as many other IPAs i have had.

M - Mouthfeel was just right, had good carbonation, beer was very drinkable.

O - Overall Good beer, Very nice hop characters, very nice presentation. everything was very nice, i would buy this beer often if i lived out west, but there are many other beers i enjoy more, and i just cant give it a top score.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,375 ratings.
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