Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15
Reviews:
3,733
Ratings:
14,786
pDev:
7.74%
Bros Score:
4.68
 
 
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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear shiny orange amber with a big ole frothy mass of foam.

Aroma starts off just bitter and co2 stingy until the foam dies away. Then a rich bouquet of hops takes over. Earthy cannabis and pine resin.

Flavor is juicy and mouthwatering hops. Strong and slightly spicy wood and cannabis, rich pine resin, and sticky grapefruit citrus. The true hopheads dream!

The big hops and imperial levels of malt make for a full balanced mouthfeel and great finish. Im sorry to say that the aroma beats out the taste in this one. It's just so rich and omnipotent. I want to just cup my hands over the glass and smell it all night.

A bit oily and chewy in the aftertaste, but the big juicy flavors just make me want to keep drinking it and never stop...thus i only experience the aftertaste once :)

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Photo of ncvbc
4.22/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden amber in color, steady carbonation with a medium creamy head that actually has some good retention and lacing. Huge smell of hop juice. Resinous and stinky green, just how I like it. Sugared citrus and pine. Peppered grapefruit. Taste is a bitter, hoppy explosion. Grapefruit, pine, with a biscuity malt for some balance. Again, it's got a lightly sugared citrus flavor with a definite spicy, peppery character as well. Good assertive bitterness with a near medium body. Nice drying finish and a tingle on the tongue. Drinkablity is up there. Reminds me of a less vibrant White Knuckle. Very similar in many regards to that, so it's hard to put it too close because it truly doesn't get there in my mind. Still, that aside, it's one of the better brews within the style that I've had the chance to try. Almost closer to an IPA when you compare it to Younger, though. When will they bottle Younger?!

Big, big thanks to jhenry04 for the help with this and others.

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Photo of cbros
4.42/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- Bottle poured into a regular pint bottle.

A- Pours a straw yellow, almost like a macro lager look. Nice white lace is present from beginning till the end. No present activity in the glass after pour.

S- Smells of citrus either grapefruit or peach, I can't quite tell.

T- This beer tastes of citrus and floral boutique. Nice and very smooth. Strong flavors that mellow out in the end of drink.

Received this in a trade and am glad I got it. This is my first Russian River selection and they have lived up to the top billing they have gotten on this site. I can't wait to try more selections from Russian River and my only regret is that I can't get any of these around here.

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Photo of ATPete
4.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Thanks Praveen!

bottled on 07/10/08

Pliny the Elder pours a brilliant orange color with slight haze and a creamy sticky off white head. The nose is heaven, loads of fresh resiny hops, lots of grapefruit and citrus, beautiful. The taste is immensely hoppy and wonderful. This definitely one of the best DIPAs i've had to date. Notes of pepper, citrus, peaches, apricot, and a solid malt back bone balanced with the perfect amount of alcohol heat. Its medium body is perfect, just the right mouth feel for the style, not overly syrupy and barleywine-like. The aftertaste is semi-sweet and malty with a long lingering cannabis, resiny hop finish. awesome. I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of THEBEERBAR0N
4.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been enjoying this beer for a while at local alehouses, but just now do I review it as I have my first sips from one of their newly released 500ml bottles poured into a pint glass.

Color is pale with faint hues of copper, a finger of white lacing that gobs the side of the glass befriends me.

Smell is honestly grapefruit with a hint of pine resin at the end. It makes my mouth water... so good.

Taste is piney,. citrusy, floral, definitely meg dry hops. Already a classic example of what the style aspires to. Super smooth for being 8% as well.

Mouthfeel is soft with very little prickly bubbles that dance with the hops. Flavor sticks with you somewhat.

I love this beer, it converted me to the stronger hop levels years ago. It still draws me in today and with every sip reminds me of why I loved it in the first place. IMO the soul of hops is captured and turned into ambrosia for this brew. One of my forever beer-drinking staples.

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Photo of prototypic
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many, many thanks to hoppymeal for this very nice surprise.

Bottled on 7/10/08

Appearance: It pours an orange/amber color that's light gold around the edges. It's got a very nice two and a half finger head that's just a shade off white. Retention was excellent and a very thick coat of lace remained.

Smell: Strong scents of citrus grapefruit and pineapple greet the nose first. Very sweet smelling. Hops don't waste any time jumping into the mix and do a very nice job of pummeling the nose. It's a very piney and citric hop aroma. Not sure of the hop bill here, but it gives the impression that it's certainly diverse. Piney and citric scents are the strongest. A mix of malt varieties is notable, but they're not doing a good job of holding their own. The hops are beating them down pretty easily. Excellent smelling beer.

Taste: The initial rush of sweet citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavors are quickly followed by an intense hop attack. Very piney, resiny, and citric flavor...and bitter. The hop flavor is really flavorful and diverse. It's a little sugary. There is a bit malt in there, mostly pale. But, it's rather subdued and yields to the intense hop bitterness pretty easily. I'm an admitted hophead and that sits just fine with me. Very well done. It finishes sweet and bitter. Alcohol is masked very well and is not noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkbility: It feels medium bodied, but is not far from full. It's amazing how creamy and smooth this beer is. It's liquid silk. Carbonation is not overly active and really attributes to its smoothness. Drinkability is off the charts for me personally. I could drink this all night and then some. At 8%, it may be a little high, but it's good enough to just keep on drinking.

I was expecting this beer to be good. Damn good at that. But, it's actually a little better than I was even expecting. I'm skeptical by nature and don't buy into hype too often. This one's not hype. All substance. Easily among the top DIPAs I've had the pleasure of trying. Seek this one out.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle picked up at City Beer Store in San Francisco bottled on 071008, poured into a snifter.
Pours a clear rich amber color with 1 finger of soap foamy slightly off-white head. Good retention and nice lasting thick fluffy sticky lacing that coats the glass as the liquid leaves. Smells of grapefruit, honey, biscuit, oranges, lemon rind, and pine. Taste packs loads of citrus up front with grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine followed by a solid honey and biscuity malt backbone. The finish oozes pine and some spicy hops with a wee bit of alcohol. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation throughout. Smooth but with bite. Lots of citrus notes up front with a sweet and malty middle and a great bitter foresty finish. A great DIPA with lots of different hop flavors that don't compete for dominance, instead work together to make an incredibly flavored beer. Dangerously easy to drink as the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of grandq
4.69/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from a 500 ml, bottled on 7/10 (14 freakin days ago!), somewhere between straw and amber, fairly clear and with a proper two finger head. Lightly colored entry in the style. Smells absolutely fantastic - like grapefruit perfume. Some biscuity bread and honey. Much milder taste than I'd anticipated. Pretty heavily hopped, but its all the citrus and floral elements and virtually none of the bitterness, or at least very muted in the IBU dept. Orange, grapefruit, herbal. The malt is also fairly under the radar, no more prevalent than in a crisp lighter lager. Slight, warm, peppery esters let you know this is a "double." Mouthfeel is silky, with some predictably resinous stickiness lingering on the tongue. Very very well balanced - terribly drinkable.

I haven't had this since 06 when Mugs Ale House had it on tap for Split Thy Skull and its better than I recall (though my pallate has probably devoloped a tad). As DIPA's go, this is top notch - i slightly prefer Port's Hop 15, but as that goes alot more extreme, i think its just a matter of different beers for different moods. Put either in front of me and I'm a happy man.

Big thanks yet again to RblWthACoz for the surprise, absurdly generous hookup.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle on 7-10-08.

Pours a basically clear gold amber with a half inch creme head in my snifter. Strong soapy, floral nose. Minor perfume tones. Flavor is just smooth. And I mean unbelievably smooth. I don't think I have ever had a DIPA so smooth to date. Hoppy, yes. But the character isn't trying to scream at me. Soapy hops. Floral tones and minor citrus is there too. Feel is smooth with a good combo of liquid and carbonation. This is truly an amazing DIPA. Its beauty lies in its drinkability. It's so smooth and really an amazing mature recipe. It doesn't have to scream in your mouth to make a point. Rami at Healthy Spirits says he likes it on-tap just a little bit more than the bottle. Oh really?? Well...add that to the list of things to seek out and try.

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Photo of gford217
4.82/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of thequeue poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a massive two-finger puffy white head that hangs around for ages leaving a wall of lacing all the way around the glass.

S: Smell absolutely jumps out of the bottle. Massive, massive hop aroma with huge pine scents up front, like walking into a pine forest. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, all kinds of wonderful floral and citrus scents in this one. World class smell.

T: Taste is just as impressive as the smell with citrus hops up front with grapefruit and lemons. The bready malt backbone shows up a little bit in the middle before the pine blast kicks in to provide a wonderfully bitter finish. Spectacular is every way.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation that zings the tongue with hop bitterness and sticks on the palate for a while.

D: This is a world class example of a DIPA and probably the new standard for me. Big, big thanks to Praveen for hooking me up with this.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled On Date July 10, 2008; Sampled July 17, 2008
A soft pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is just so expressively pungeant with hop aromatics that just jump out at me as I am pouring this beer. It sits in my glas with a light amber, copper hue and shows a clear, bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma is just sticky with hop character; huge lychee notes, super ripe apricot, bright tropical fruit notes, candied grapefruit, expansive tangelo and Curacao orange peel are all easily noticeable. The other side of the hop aroma spectrum lurks just below the fruit notes with herbal notes that are quite floral, some pine that adds some backbone to the aroma and a light, dank, hemp-oil like note that adds just a bit of an edge to this brew. What I love about the aroma is the focus on the fruity hop notes, but it still has some of the more herbal notes that add a touch of offset and a touch of contrast. If you really dig for it some cracker-like malt notes are just noticeable underneath all of the dominating hop aromatics.

Aggressively bitter up front, though not overwhelmingly so, this is quite herbal as it first hits the tongue, but becomes redolent of super ripe hop fruit flavors through the middle and finish. At this point the bitterness kicks in again and a clean, biting hop note lingers on the tongue for quite some time after the beer has left my mouth. Pine-sap flavors up front yield to tropical fruit notes of lychees, almost pineapple and other fruit flavors of apricot, peach and ripe tangelo. The explosive up front fruit flavors seem to get scraped from my palate by the aggressive herbal and pine notes that seem to get more pronounced with every sip. A short respite from the beer seems to accentuate the fruit notes a bit more again, but it is still as if my tongue has been scraped by some very herbal hops that have left a permanent mark. Still this aggressively herbal hop character (that is definitely riding the edge of being laden with hemp oil) never buries the hop-fruit flavors. While certainly not light, this is eminently drinkable; not so heavy that it has not business having the letters of IPA on the label; this is my definitive example of what the texture and heft of a double IPA should be.

The aroma of this beer is just so nice; the dominant hop fruit notes are perfectly controlled by the softer herbal hop character. The flavor is a bit more herbal in balance and is quite scathing in its hop attack. Still the bitter, sharply herbal hop notes never get out of control, but this beer still makes me feel like my tongue has been abused and scraped raw by the aggressive hop character. This is most definitely a well constructed brew, and in some aspects this is quite definitive for the style. A benchmark for the style that I will never get enough of.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split this growler with fiveo2270.

A- Pours a bright golden honey color with a cream colored froathy head that fell into a layer on top of the brew and left a good amount of lacing down the glass.

S- This beer smells fantastic!1 It doesn't smell balanced in terms of malt and hops. The hop profile is perfectly balanced between pine, grapefruit citrus and floral hops. Tons of hops!!

T- Huge flavours of the same floral, pine, and citrus that you can pick up in the aroma. Everything is up front and in your face. A thick malt backing exists but can't seem to break through the huge hops flavours. A wonderful brew.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Highly recommended here. This is a great brew, easy to drink and tastes awesome.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: beautiful golden amber with nice movement provided by columns of bubbles flowing up toward a frothy white head; leaves what i like to call staircase lace

s: wonderful sharp piney hops; fruity citrus hops; warmer sweet malt backbone; some spicy hops

t: nice piney hops which last throughout the sip even though they fad back a little bit and then rise up at the end; meanwhile citrus and spicy hops rise up before giving away once again to the piney flavors; all the while underlined by a very delicate malty backbone

m: very refreshing with medium carb and a medium body

d: a truly exceptional DIPA that may be better on the bottle then from the tap

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.95/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at Pizza Port. The bartender really didn't know how to pour beer so maybe the head could of been better? The lacing was fair.
The color was a rich orange shade. The taste was a mild pine resin oil that left a sticky oily finish on the tongue. The hop spice was more orange and mango flavor with a decent malt backbone. The drinkabilty is very good for me because for being a dbl ipa the alcohol is fairly on the low side compared to other brews.
This one didn't WOW me for all the hype that it gets? One guy at the bar said this year's brew wasn't as good as it use to be. Maybe the hop shortage change the recipe slighty? I would still drink this brew again next year!

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Photo of BrewerB
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first noticed pineapple hops, rather intense. Pine needles are also very present. Slight floralness appearing later on. Light hints of breaded malt. Clean. Citrusy hop character remained present longest.

Medium gold with yellow highlights. Two to three finger white head formed, collapsed to one finger and held up well. Great clarity.

Citrus and pine flavored hops backed up with a pleasing malt background. Medium-dry finish. Bitterness on the high side, lingers on into the finish. No diacetyl. Bitterness, though very prominent, is extremely well balanced with malt. A slight, very slight, increase in malt is the only thing I can think to help improve this.

Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation. Bitterness is smooth.

Hop flavor is intense and lasting. Bitterness is also strong though not so much as some other DIPAs. What Pliny has that other IIPAs lack is a great balance. Despite its hoppiness and alcoholic strength, the beer is very drinkable. I could definitely order 2-3 pints.

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Photo of ASymon13
4.32/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/10/08, which is only 2 days ago! Doesn't get much fresher than this. It pours a nice light amber-blonde with a decent white head to it that takes a couple minutes to recede and leaves some lacing. There appears to be the right amount of carbonation rising up. The aroma opened with some big grass notes that really gave way to some strong pine and lighter citrus with a hint of grapefruit as the head receded. Very nice hop profile.

However, I'm thoroughly underwhelmed on the taste. I wasn't expecting a hop bomb, but at a supposed 100 IBU's I was expecting a little more kick than this. It's mostly full of pine notes, that really linger on afterwards, which is my favorite part about the taste. The mouthfeel is everything a DIPA should be, with a medium-full body and solid carbonation. Overall, the aftertaste makes it a very enjoyable sipper, but I don't feel that it lived up to it's rep.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liars Club. Bright gold with a creamy white head. Very floral with lots of orange and grapefruit. Flavor is very bitter and hoppy with bready malts and some sweetness to keep everything well balanced. This beer starts to get very good about halfway through the pint as it warms up. Sticky resin, pine and tropical fruit. Dry bitterness in the finish. This beer is always the first one to kick at the Oregon Brewers Fest.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to ricand for sending me an extremely fresh growler.

It pours a golden, straw yellow. With a creamy white head and tons and tons of sticky lace left on the glass.

Pine, pine and more pine. Just tons and tons of glorious, dank hoppage. A slight bit of pineapple and grapefruit and maybe the tiniest amount of maltiness.

Chewing on pine cones. Not much other hop flavor is coming through and only the slightest bit of malt. Highly unbalanced but it is an amazing hop bomb.

Again, a chewy resinous mouthfeel. Medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

So incredibly drinkable. I couldn't detect the ABV at all and just zoomed through the first pint of this one. An exceptional DIPA.

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

Poured from a fresh flip top Russian River growler gotten via trade with ricand (of which I can never thank him enough for). Great trader, great beer, props to him. Poured from the growler into my nonic pint glass.

A: A light copper orange color. Very light color for a DIPA. Nice deep 2 finger head from the growler pour with very nice carbonation. The grolwer kept the beer in perfect condition. Nice sticky glass lacing.

S: Wow, hops, hops, hops. This beer is a different animal fresh. Smells of pine hops with some mild citrus and sweet malt undertone.

T: Again wow. Massive amounts of pine like chewing on a pine cone. Pine coupled with some floral flavors and some mild citrus backed up by a nice deep malt sweetness. A perfect balance of the massive hops with the malt sweetness and a nice lingering bitterness. Make no mistake, this beer is about the massive amounts of sticky chewy hops and it showcases them perfectly.

M: Medium with a sticky resiny mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and bitterness that lasts. You taste this beer well after it's gone.

D: This is probably the most drinkable double IPA out there. It goes down so easily and it remains enjoyable with every sip.

Overall this is the beer of gods, and for that it will garner my first perfect 5. This is a perfect beer in it's fresh state. I reviewed Pliny from a keg that was tapped here on the east coast, but it didn't hold a candle to the fresh Pliny. All I can say is I was blown away. Thanks again to ricand for allowing me to enjoy this perfect beer.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to ricand for a growler of one of the tastiest brews I have ever had!

A: Clear copper, with one finger of frothy cream colored head that when receeding leaves great, thick, sticky lacing.

A: Not only did it feel like Christmas when I opened ricand's package, but when I popped the growler, it smelled like Christmas as well. Pine hops are enormous! There are some light citrus hops and some sweet malts as well.

T: A lot of big brews fail to live up to the hype, this was not one of them. Outstanding! Again, syrupy pine dominates, but you do get some orange and tangerine also.The beer finishes with a bitter bite and slight alcohol heat.

M&D: Medium to full body. Just the right amount of carbonation makes the mouthfeel excellent. At 8% ABV the Elder (a DIPA) is as drinkable as any single IPA out there. Bottom line, Pliney the Elder should be in the disscusion of the best beers in the world. Just plain awsome! Skal.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Hollingshead's, on to the beer:

This beer arrived shimmering golden orange in my half-liter mug with a big frothy head on top. The nose found sharp bitter citrus and hops. As for the taste, thsi should be renamed "Piney" the Elder, because there are a lot of piney notes in this bittersweet offering, but leaning towards being bitter. Hop flavors are sharp to the palate with a bite of grapefruit peel and a touch-up of ripe fruit. Surprisingly, this beer is "just right" in mouthfeel and drinkability; not heavy at all, so you can take on another pint voluntarily if you wanted to.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
4.72/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this one on-ap at Stone Brewing. Served in an 8oz pint glass.

A: a cloudy, mirky golden hue. Similar to the Younger. The head stays for a bit, but eventually dissapates as the beer is consumed.

S: The piney hops can be wiffed through the aroma. But don't let the hops fool you, there's plenty of malt there as well.

T: WOW!!! The combination of hops and malt is amazing. This one is a bit more hoppy then the Younger, but not by much. All I need to say is, where can I get more?

M: Great. The brew goes down exceptionally smooth.

D: Too easy, much too easy. This is just a great beer, and goes with anything!

Conclusion: Great beer and definitely worthy of the hype. I like the Elder, but I did enjoy the Younger a bit more. But don't let that fool you, get it when you can!

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.89/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just a ridiculously great IPA. The aroma is incredibly inviting, like no IPA smell I've ever had. Fruity smell, in bed with incredibly piney, walk-in-the-forest type smells.

Not quite as thick and gooey as I like an IPA, but it more than makes up for it in flavor. Each sip was incredible, losing some of the potent piney thing going on and giving way to floral sweetness and sweet, bitey hops. World class.

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Photo of JDV
3.42/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One hell of a birthday gift sent from a friend. Thanks! <br> Poured from a 10 day old growler. I was worried about it holding up and wanted to get to this promptly and was momentarily worried, when I got no PSSSTTT sound when opening the growler. Poured into a tulip and the head vigorously formed, regardless. Poured a clear, golden amber color with a rich, incredibly long lasting offwhite head that left huge chunks of frothy lacing. Smell was huge piney, fruity, grapefruity, citrusy hoppy deliciousness. Taste is incredibly smooth and clean. Citrusy fresh hops and a hint of a slighly syrupy body, but still just barely medium to full bodied. The drinkability on this was phenomenal and the alcohol was hidden perfectly. Flavor was a touch milder than expected but was still divine and went down like water. Great double IPA.

Rerate of fresh bottle 6 years later. My tastes have changed. This stuff is too syrupy, even though its pretty dry flavorwise, and more bitter than enjoyable. Gives me the absolute worst headaches too. Ugh...

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Photo of tprokop7
4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Russian River, why are you so far away?

Brought a growler back from a recent SF trip. Enjoyed at the end of a great day with some friends, then had a glass to myself when I got home.

Pours golden with a two finger head. Crisp hops in the aroma that follow through to the taste. Surprisingly drinkable given how hopped this thing is, it really is one of the best beers I've ever had the chance to try. Vinnie has got the IPA recipe down, can't wait to see this in bottles.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,786 ratings