Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

BA SCORE
100
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14,371 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:
14,371
Reviews:
3,679
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
7,272
Gots:
4,251
For Trade:
106
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 14,371 |  Reviews: 3,679
Photo of FCal79
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MJsBeerButt
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got caught up in the hype. It's good but not in my top 5. Has a dry bite to it. I still like it though.

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Photo of H0ppyB33r
4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Another great double IPA. It is shipped as far east as Philadelphia which is still a drive but well worth it when it's in stock.

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Photo of Cgrumb
4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I never thought I'd actually take the time to write a review, but I figure, what better beer to start with?

L: Golden brown, much lighter than a lot of ipa's I've had, BEAUTIFUL retention, perfect, I will compare all other ipa's to the stickiness of this beer's appearance.

S: Fantastic aroma, exactly what I look for in this style, citrus, pine, the works, since they are of very similar rank I will compare it to heady, not quite as dank but similar aroma nonetheless.

T: And I'm done. This is as good as it gets. There's a beautiful dryness to it like no other beer I've experienced, one that can only be found in a brew of this caliber. The flavors are nothing to speak of, if you've had a west coast ipa you know the flavors. What sets this beer apart is the smooth drinkability for such a big dry brew that you can only wish was more common.

M: Light, not very malty at all. Comparing to heady again it's much more dry and not as sweet, but trust me malt heads, this is not a bad thing.

O: One of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of dissecting, it wasn't easy and I still don't think I fully accomplished it. Dry, palate cleansing, each sip prepares you for the next. Thanks so much to Brandon for this opportunity, I'm so glad I picked up more than one. Cheers!

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Photo of -Rick
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GianlucaB
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sangmin
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of CK319
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rubenjr
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of abkayak
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rlovitt
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Aldogg007
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jmhildebrand
4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Afroman
4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JavaNoire
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tine802
3.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Damn!!!! Speechless. A perfect balance. Double ipa nirvana. Why can't this beer be available in maine?!

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Photo of Jae61
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jstonerock24
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Perfect IPA. From start to finish its a hoppy citrus followed by pine w the perfect amount of limited malt. 100/100 After I drank this beer I hack loogies and swallow them just to get more of the tastes and flavores this beer possess.

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Photo of misterworldwide
4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best there is. Piney, citrusy, beautifully balanced.

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Photo of njbeergeek01
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ScottRG
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,371 ratings.
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