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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden and clear, pours with a bright white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Pineapple hops and light malt, a bit of alcohol sweetness.

T - Same as the smell, but more intense. Maltiness is very light, with strong complex hop flavor, mostly pineapple, slight resin, hints of pine and citrus. Sweet alcohol is very apparent. Finishes dry with a firm bitterness, which balances nicely. Very clean, slightly bready in the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, a little slick on the tongue.

O - Quite nice for a double IPA. Nice balance between malt and hops makes this very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A rare perfect 5! There's a reason for the hype. If you drink it fresh, there really can't be an IIPA better than this. That orangy color, that big fruty, hoppy smell, that rich flavor and surprising ease of drinking are unreal. Russian River is close enough where I can have one every now and then, but it's not sold in my state so often if I'm in the mood for a IIPA I have to look elsewhere. And as much as I love Hop Stoopid and 90-minute, they can't replace Pliny.

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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has a hazy golden appearance with a nice two finger white head. Once you drink it down a little, you see the nice legs on the glass.

The aroma is mostly piney hops and bready malts. When tasting, I can pull out evergreen, pine cones, honey butter, bread, pear and toward the end I get a slight hops bite with apricots, grasses, pear and orange rind.

I can see through the beer, but the mouth feel is viscous.

This is a great beer. Every part of it seems to be in order. I can't think of a way that it could be better.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98.3% out of 100 with 14,532 ratings
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