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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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

Benn waiting to get my hands on this a while now, big thanks to APreacher for the trade!

Bottled on 8-14-12, so pretty fresh. Good since the bottle threatens you about drinking it fresh.

A- Pours a slightly hazy, brilliant gold hue. A little orangish, but pretty much as golden as an Olympic medal. Great 1.5 finger head that retains tremendously and laces nearly as well. Just a beautiful pour.

S- Great blend of bitter hops notes here. Not overpowering by any means. Mixture of pine and floral notes are most prominent. Balanced so well that I can't really detect any sweeter notes by themselves, just blended with the hops.

T- The moment of train doesn't lie. Great bitter hops flavors up front, but just like the scent, nothing too overpowering. The balance between malt and hops is brilliant. Washes over the palate and the full bitterness perks up a little towards the end, but damn this is delicious. Ends very cleanly with slight bitter hop aftertaste, with the slightest hint of sweetness lingering on the lips.

M- Maybe the best part of this beer. First off, the carbonation and weight hold the flavors perfectly. Despite having a fair amount of carbonation, this one feels slick and creamy. Not too heavy, not too light, and no alcohol to be felt. I wish I got a case of this.

Overall, PtE lives up to every bit of hype I've heard. So smooth, so balanced, so delicious. I love this beer. Needless to say I will be trading for more. This is the most sessionable beer I have had.

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

Bottled on Date: 07/25/2012

This beer is just over a month old, so hopefully it is still fresh ;-) Pours a clear golden orange, with a hint of red highlights if held in the right light. The aroma is primarily lightly caramelized sugar and some grapefruit rind. There is also a hint of mint. The taste begins with a huge candied apricot flavor. Next is a dry table water cracker malt middle. The finale is an herbal, super citrusy toungue wrench... In a good way of course. Every few sips you get a burst of super sweet pineapple in the beginning. Mouthfeel is rich, despite how dry a DIPA this is. Overall an exceptional DIPA. I will say that Pliny the Elder is not my personal favorite DIPA, however, its not surprising to see it ranked so highly. You really can't go wrong here.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottled 3/5/13.

A: Bright copper/golden color with a striking clarity. Three fingers of creamy, eggshell-white head retains very well. Lacing Is spotty. easily one of the best looking IPAs out there.

S: Fresh hop bouquet of mango, melon, pineapple, white grapefruit, and a slew of other tropical fruits. Somewhat dank. Oily, leafy, herbal edge. Aromatic pine needles. Just the slightest whiff of a shortbread/biscuit malt base.

T: Pine up front. Spicy, herbal, and leafy as well. Gripping, oily bitterness. Hemp seed. Bitter grapefruit. Bursts of mandarin orange, mango, and other tropical fruits. Very well-hidden alcohol presence carries tropical esters of pineapple and star fruit with it. Peppery. The malt base is barely a factor, with just a slight taste of toasted biscuit coming through. The finish is all hops, and the gripping spicy, herbal hop oils don't want to let go.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and full-ish. A restrained stroke of prickling carbonation supports nicely. Very smooth. Great.

O: When talking about West Coast IPAs and DIPAs, this is the standard to which all are measured. Rightfully so. It's pretty much perfect from stem to stern. An extremely well-crafted beer, and one that can scratch that hop itch like no other.

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

This is my 2nd time tasting Pliny and I come away simply thinking that sure, its very very good, but if I was given it in a blind testing without knowing what it was I certainly wouldnt think "this is one of the greatest things ive tasted in my life"... It seems on par with most really good IIPAs.. Making me thinking its high rating comes largely from fame rather than innate worth..

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

A- Pours a clear gold with a huge foamy head. The head sticks around for a while and never really goes away.

S- It's a huge piney hop smell. I could smell it when it a couple of feet away away. It's like I'm walking though a pine forest.

T- A huge hoppy bitter taste I was however expecting more from the way it smelled. I think it is a wonderful bloom as it sits on the tongue.

M- Thick body with a wonderful smoothness mixed with the carbonation.

O- Some really great things are happening with this beer and it is one of the top IPAs I have had, but the rumors of the greatness have disappointed. I can't believe that Zombie Dust doesn't have a better score than this, but thats life. I think I will have a zombie dust right now.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,808 ratings