Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

BA SCORE
100
world-class
14,374 Ratings
Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
14,374
Reviews:
3,680
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
7,273
Gots:
4,255
For Trade:
106
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Ratings: 14,374 |  Reviews: 3,680
Photo of Jcvalocchi
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ron_Mexico
3.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mancavebeercouch
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ZackCollado
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of themegamancave
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LAp
4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a pint glass. Glad to finally have the opportunity to try this one (thank you Denver). Pours a straw yellow with a touch or orange. Dank and resinous. I expected more complexity from this beer - particularly given its pedigree - but it tends more towards one not, which it hits, and hits well. This beer trends more towards the blend of dank, thick, and piny that Heady hit so well, and did it well before that time. It's a great piece of craft beer history, and still holds up well, but though it's an exceptional beer, it's no longer one (in my opinion) that warrants a place among the best of the best. Though it may have been the first, many breweries have come along, duplicated, and improved upon what this beer had going. Excellent, but no longer world-class.

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Photo of Jmalo
3.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Egotist
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdell15
4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.13/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kodt
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SuiGeneris1
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.11/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopsmaniac
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. This, to me, is the quintessential IPA. Strong citrus and floral flavors, great nose. Wish this was available in Milwaukee. It's a beer worthy of its rating.

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Photo of Ostpies
4.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of They_call_me_AOB
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Aly_Francini
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TGlaz
4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rsn3214
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not overrated at all. Tastes like what an IPA should taste like, and thats how its been described. Easy to see why this is the holy grail of IPAS. Strong citrusy, piny smell with a great amount of hops.

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Photo of JeffSK
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sgregory
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rcaros
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Given as a gift. Thank you!

L: Interesting look, hazy but not turbid. Golden color with slight burnt orange highlights. Pours a bubbly, soapy head that fades a bit but is easily coaxed back by swirling.
S: Bread and earthy, almost like a nice bread baked with basil and other herbs. Slightly sweet aroma with minor hints of ethanol, has a bright citrus zest note.
T: Repeat of nose with bread and earthy flavor. However hops come through here with notes of citrus, mostly a sweet grapefruit rind note. Finishes with a very soft bitterness. To me, its impressive that this bitterness is so soft, and this is coming from a New England boy.
F: Ridiculously smooth. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, and easy-drinking. There's a bit of a crispness from the carbonation but its pretty balanced. Very refreshing. Only critique would be that its a bit thin
O: Extremely good beer, has a good malt/hop balance, very drinkable, very tasty. If this was readily available it would be a summer staple of mine.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,374 ratings.
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