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Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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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 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on June 5 2012 into Duvel tulip. Approx 12 days old from bottling.

Appearance - 4
Golden yellow with a half inch white head.

Aroma - 4.5
Initially it bursts with volumes of thick juicy citrus, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, & hops. Faint sweetness of malt in the nose. These flavors tend to subside a few minutes after opening the beer, but make a gradual return as the beer becomes warmer.

Taste - 4
Initially a sharp, piney bitterness with a touch of resin, lemon and faint subtle tropical flavors. Get a very mild contrasting sweetness of the malt with notes of biscuit and very faint notes of caramel; more on the centre of the palate. Midway through get intensification of sharp acidic dry bitterness. Finishes with a moderate lingering piney bitterness and the more tropical juicy flavors of the hops make a return on the palate, although muted in comparison to the aroma. As the beer warms, there is slightly more sweetness in the malt and fruitiness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - 4
Mild to moderate body with moderate carbonation. Overall finish is dry, although faint notes of sweetness from the malt. Hops does leave a sharp finish to the beer, which is quite refreshing.

Overall - 4.5
How can you truly evaluate a beer that has so much hype, as well as personal meaning, as pliny the elder. It is very difficult to be unbiased in evaluation. At minumum, it is an above average IPA, very typical, if not defining, of the west coast style. Is it the best beer out there, or best IPA? I'm not sure. I think I would have to re-evaluate some of the other IPA's I've had in the past. The nose of this beer is quite good, although I may have found other beers better in this category before. As for the taste, it is quite brash in its hops presesnce, yet still has some balance with the malt offering a refined feel.

Overall, very enjoyable and incredibly easy to drink. If I was in a location where this was a regular offering, I could see it being a regular pick regardless of its hype factor. But back to whether it's the best beer out there - I can't say at this time. Still, it is a beer any craft beer afficianado must try. Highly recommend.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great, great ale. I love it and will definitely be trying it again.(too bad there is a one bottle only limit hehe.) well balanced IPA that has a fantastic citrus fruit smell/taste. I did try this at dinner(salad with steak strips/vinaigrette .) plus i opened a bottle of Stone's Ruination 10th anniversary which overall probably affected the drinking experience because the ruination was soooo strong. But i found this to be a fantastic beer. MUST HAVE

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Oh Pliny, how many ways can I enjoy you? I picked up a growler on my last visit to Russian River and didn’t get to it until a few days later. Still holds up—despite what the jokers say about it falling off minutes after being brewed. This pours a crystal golden color with a great Pliny aroma. Some straw and grass but mostly orange zest dominates the scent. The flavor has an incredible hop bite and bitterness. Straw and orange peel, with a pronounced bittering midpoint and a dry zesty finish. I enjoyed this until the last drop.

This was my one year anniversary review!

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500ml bottle thanks to DeanoMac. Bottled 8/1/12 (exactly 2 weeks ago). Poured into HF tulip.

A- Pours a fairly hazy fairly dark slightly brownish golden with about a finger of white head that has decent retention. Leaves some nice spotty lacing. Not too much carbonation.

S- Citrus hops, pine, grapefruit, orange, some caramel malts lingering in the background.

T- Citrus hops, pine, grapefruit, finishes with a nice orange grapefruit pine flavor that lingers for awhile.

M- Medium bodied, refreshing, nice carbonation, finishes a little bit bitter and very dry, a little bit too much for my liking.

O- This was a very good IPA however not as good as I was expecting for an IPA ranked so high. Definitely up there with other world class IPAs, but not as good as some others I've had (Heady Topper, Double Sunshine, HF, Head Hunter). Finishes a little bit too dry for my liking and not enough aroma. Overall I enjoyed this beer and if I was in California I would probably drink it all the time.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,627 ratings
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