Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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4.65/5
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14
Reviews:
3,728
Ratings:
14,724
pDev:
7.74%
Bros Score:
4.68
 
 
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3.73/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tonight at Hamiltons in SD on tap. Have had it in a bottle and some home brew clones. On tap, it was very good. I was surprised since I wasn't too impressed with it in bottle. Nice mouthfeel, light amber color, very smooth, and explodes with hop flavor. Not as bitter on tap as I perceive in bottle.

I will say, there are sooo many West Coast IPAs out there that are as good or very similar, that to me, it's not that "special". It's become one of many... I like it very much; but there are so many similar others that I also like.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

510 ml bottle (dated 8-14-12, consumed 9-5-12) poured into a tulip.

A-Pours a strikingly clear copper-ish gold color. Crystalline looking body. There is about a half finger of light khaki head that dissipates pretty quickly into a thick collar. The collar hangs around for a while, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S-Fresh pine and sage, but not as vegetal as some. I pick up a little black pepper and citrus. Fresh pineapple, too. Really nice mix of fruit, hops, and spice.

T-Nicely balanced hop-dominant flavor. There is a slightly bitter pine taste, but it is not mouth puckering because there is a hint of malty sweet fruit that comes in on the mid-palate. A little citrus and hint of spicy alcohol, but this is not lemon bomb.

M-Awesome. There is a resin stickiness and a really smooth flavor, but with enough pricks from the minimal carbonation to keep it from being too slimy.

O-This beer lived up to the hype for me. It was just so well balanced from start to finish, but at the same time, it had intense flavors.

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

Appearance – It pours a clear gold with a huge foamy head. The head sticks around and never goes away.

Smell – It smells like I am walking through a pine forest in the UP just after a rainfall. There is just a hint of malt in there somewhere.

Taste - A good balance of hops and malt. The pine resin of the hops is strong but not overpowering the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel – The balance of the malts and hops play well on the together with just the right amount of carbonation to keep the head until the experience is complete.

Overall – There was no way that this beer was going to live up to the hype of the ratings and the beer snobs. It was a great beer but nothing that I would go to great lengths to search out. Though, if I could find it at my local beer store, it would be on the “To Buy List”.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,724 ratings