Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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4.65/5
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15
Reviews:
3,754
Ratings:
14,885
pDev:
7.74%
Bros Score:
4.68
 
 
Wants:
7,475
Gots:
4,562
Trade:
103
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Ratings: 14,885 |  Reviews: 3,754
Photo of mcellidj
4.44/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZipDipper
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, full, and delightful.

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Photo of Whatuptho
4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of 505beergeek
4/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BebalonesIC
4.69/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TedSwing
3.29/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AleManDan
4.61/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of danch
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A gold standard beer. The beer that instantly comes to mind when one thinks of a West Coast IPA and for good reason—extremely hoppy yet perfectly balanced at the same time. Just try it if you ever get the chance.

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Photo of Hopsohard
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlueSpader
4.72/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of petrusek23
4.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Smoothest tastiest beer of all time

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Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerMe8
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerJ
4.32/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Gold body with a slight amber tint to the body with heavy white head rising just over a finger's length off the body. Sticky lacing but very even settling after first sip.

Smell: Hops scent with heavy malty feel in the nostrils. Comes and goes and wish it was a touch more potent.

Taste: Citrus and woody flavor, you taste heavy grapefruit with a shuttle sweetness with doses of malt. It's good and real good but not the best I've had.

Mouth: Full carbonation and very full bodied. Sticky icky with a feel of love.

Overall: Good brew, I was definitely expecting more but I'm not complaining. Great gift from a good friend. Drink with love and enjoy. Salud!

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Photo of ahp5026
3.72/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antfugue
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mr_Beer_Belly
3.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Long in the tooth

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Photo of Jesch
4.62/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kanjified
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, Pliny the Elder is the epitome of what a strong IPA should be. What makes it great is the combination of a big character & taste, with unparalleled balance & restraint. A trifecta of piney hop bitterness with a touch of tropical fruit, a sturdy tasty malt foundation, and a slightly boozy & dry alcohol strength. This is not an extreme, experimental, or revolutionary IPA. Rather, it is simply an everyday, after-work strong IPA, made exceptionally well.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't add anything that hasn't been said, so I'll just put my thoughts in.
Smells of pine and earthy hops. Malts were subtle, yet present. Taste was mostly pine and malt. Carbonated, and bitter.. with the bitterness dropping off quickly. That's the best part about this beer.. it hits you and lets you enjoy the wham of bitterness.. yet lets you off the hook to get back to drinking more.

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Photo of jcb1130
4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BiggieG
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,885 ratings