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 Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30
Reviews:
3,772
Ratings:
15,023
pDev:
7.76%
 
 
Wants:
7,516
Gots:
4,651
Trade:
102
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Ratings: 15,023 |  Reviews: 3,772
Photo of FlintB
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothmanscott
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes 12/14/11: Absolutely a hopheads delight. Pours a clear medium, wedding band, gold.The pour produces 2+ fingers of fluffy, moderately lasting, white head which leaves behind clumpy, sticky lacing. Super aroma with kaleidoscopic hoppiness: Pine, grapefruit, and thin tropical; sweet caramel malt and a earthy, leafy, herbal tea-like note. Taste is grapefruit and pine from start to finish back by malty caramel sweetness, a hint of toast and the leafy tea-like hint is there too. Very resinous. Mouthfeel is lighter than I would have thought but still medium bodied with good carbonation, a little sticky and oily but smooth. Among the finest IPAs.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BolognaFish
4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dark_Scarecrow
4.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Craig007
4.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leantom
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Actually quite good. People compare it to Hop Stoopid, and while I'll readily admit that there are a lot of similarities between the two, I think this one is far more balanced. Here goes:

A: Very good. Relatively clear yellow-orange; body looks quite nice. It pours a large head that leaves a ton of lacing; the body carbonation is also decent. Again, very good.

S: Only OK part of the beer. Some dankness, but only very lightly so. Some pine and grapefruit, but not much else.

T: Very good. Refreshing and well-balanced. Lots of piney sweetness, some grapefruit (but not overwhelming), and a fair portion of tropical fruits. The sticky, sweet pine is the most prominent flavor. Great mixture of sweet and hoppy flavors. I liked it a lot.

F: Perfect. Very drinkable.

O: A great beer.

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Photo of The4wills
4.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: perfect for style - orange. Nice beaded head
S: minor area of lack, giant aroma beers are now sought, me included
T: super balance of sweet and hop, classic
F: like it’s right there as World class.
O: Too bad they just don’t make and distribute it more

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Photo of gmale9000
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PlinyTheEsq
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion the finest IPA on planet earth. A perfect balance of hop profiles, and a true classic of the craft beer world. Pliny is a must try for any craft beer fan.

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arrowsmith_
4.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of themayorkoch
4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of dtevans5
4.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of Jcooley
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Xantanamoss
4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JellybonesElmer
4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DMoff
4.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Autumn_Lucia
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anzaldi
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of informaticsDoc
4.16/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JOSEPHthayer
4.24/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickStalzer
4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bnewt21
4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jimmylikesbeer
4.39/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.64 out of 5 with 15,023 ratings