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: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last spring after I gave in to the hype and ordered two bottles. Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Fully stipulating that my review is jaded because of the expectations I had when trying it.

Appearance was a light golden, very clean with lots of head on the pour. Pineapple, citrus, and piney hoppy notes on the nose. Could smell a bit of alcohol on the nose but knew this was going to be a hop bomb.

Thoughts after tasting:...that's it? Immediately reminded me of Ruination. A cleaner version of it mind you, but the heat from the alcohol, and very similar taste profile IMO. While this is a very well done DIPA I personally don't think it's anywhere near what it is hyped as. Must be something magical in combining west coast air and getting this on tap.

I traded my second bottle and apologized to Alchemist swearing I'd never cheat on Heady again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bells tulip. Driven back from Denver in a cooler. Bottled 9/10/12

Pours a light golden/honey body with a pure white head. Head mostly fades to leave nice white lacing.

Aroma is sweet honey, slight spicy hop kick, light fruity pine. A little weak for a DIPA but pleasant

Flavor is significantly lighter than I expected. Floral and citrus flavor is short lived. Lingering bitterness is low and somewhat sneaks up.

Mouthfeel is light but pleasant, with some surprising alcohol heat.

Overall not one of my most favorite DIPAs, as a strong IPA it would have too much heat and still be lacking a complexity of flavor.

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

Huge thanks to Tarheel4985 for this bottle. 500 ml poured into a snifter. Very excited to try this beer.

A - good looking, lighter than expected. The foam is viscous on the sides and carbonated in the middle. It looks pretty standard, not necessarily unique.

S - woo baby. Lots of citrus, particularly oranges. The hops smell very sweet, with plenty of floral, bittery undertones.

T - not nearly as sweet as it smells, but delicious in all sorts of different ways. The orange goes from sweet in the smell to biting in the taste, like the peel rather than the meat. The alcohol plays a perfect role, somewhere right in the middle, not too prominent but not ephemeral enough to disappear completely.

M - also good. Perfect amount of carbonation helps this beer go down great. Readable beginning, middle, and end, just like any good IPA.

O - very good beer, I'll definitely get it again if I have the opportunity. Maybe not worth the hyperbole, but still very solid and tasty.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,836 ratings