Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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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:
14,455
Reviews:
3,694
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
7,310
Gots:
4,310
For Trade:
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Bottle dated 6-6-17. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a brilliant gold with one finger of very bubbly just off-white head. Little visible carbonation to speak of. Retention is good, lacing average.

S: some DIPAs can be smelled as soon as the cap is opened or the bottle is poured; in not getting that here. But as I bring my nose over the glass I am immediately inundated with tart, tropical, tangy, and resinous goodness. Kiwi, key lime, raspberry, hint of pine. All of it is underpinned by a clean sweetness.

T: dank! Arrival is immediately hoppy, citrus, grapefruit peel, mild, crackery maltiness with a hint, just a hint, of sweetness. Balance? No way! But I am surprised by how not bitter it seems. Toward the end it becomes less citrusy and more piney, and then dank - more herbal tasting than any beer I have ever had.

M: lighter side of medium, modest carbonation, pretty darned attenuated and only a little slick.

O: I would say this lives up to the hype. It is a crisp, clean, and super hoppy DIPA with no presence of alcohol whatsoever and not much bitterness. It is the definition of the west coast IPA.

Basically every IPA (and most pale ales) I've had over the last year are trying to be this. Five years ago I can only imagine what this was like to the devoted hop head. Alas, I am not a devoted hop head. An extremely generous friend brought this home for me, and for that I am endlessly grateful. However time and travel do this beer no favors. I have had better Bodhi, and Mystic Mama that comes darn close. Hope to have it in Cali someday, for the sake of comparison.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,455 ratings.
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