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:
#31
Reviews:
3,764
Ratings:
14,954
pDev:
7.76%
 
 
Wants:
7,495
Gots:
4,606
Trade:
102
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Ratings: 14,954 |  Reviews: 3,764
Photo of Luckydog91
4.57/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nvr
4.29/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greene94
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of XxthaDoggxX
4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Royalsglass
3.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daleyj
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Naughead
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tony210
4/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium straw color, very clear, lots of carbonation bubbling up, foamy head recedes appropriately. Nice piney hop aroma with a touch of citrus. Pretty flavorful, hops provide plenty of bitterness with a piney flavor, lingering bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is present but not overpowering. Overall a solid DIPA, but today there's lots of great beer being made locally that I prefer. I get the high rating, and I am sure 10-15 years ago this was sought after. Not so much anymore. Worth trying if you come across it, but not worth hunting down.

9/5/18
Bottle dated 6/29/18 - thanks Adam!
4 rating

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of terps
4.67/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Hazy gold color - very nice looking. Hazy with a one finger white head. Bright citrus notes on the nose that really work. Taste follows the smell with nice, strong citrus notes, mostly grapefruit because of the medium to high bitterness.

This beer was 10 months old sitting in my fridge and it was really fresh tasting. I can see why it has a following and this is among the best west coasts I've had. Being out east I feel privileged to get one. Thanks to my bro's ex gf who flew some back from a business trip :)

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Photo of mpolewan
4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer, very smooth and drinkable at 8% ABV. My tasting notes are from a draft pour, not a bottle. Nose: citrus and pine. Hoppy beginning, and dry finish. Powerful beer overall.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.79/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 510 ml. bottle into a snifter glass. This beer pours out extremely clear (which I love) and golden in color, resembling apple juice. It forms a rocky and dense one finger white crown. The smell is a beautiful sweet smelling element like honey and comes in with slight resin and pine. Almost reminds me of hopslam based on the smell. The taste comes in a little more bland than expected. It has some "crystal" sharpness, if that's right. Seems like a lot of crystal malt was used. I wish it was either more dank/piney or had more sweetness. It has a sticky mouthfeel throughout but finishes dry. Overall, with no disrespect, can somebody bring me a Hopslam?

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Photo of JoshuaShort13
4.86/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 07/19/18, poured into a sniffer glass. Looks like a copper orange combo. Smells like grapefruit, pineapple and a hint of pine. Has a slight hop bitterness up front followed up with grapefruit and pineapple going down. What I love about Pliny the elder is the smoothness, it goes down dry and easy. I would drink this every week if it was more available.

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Photo of Chad0131
4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brewnme
4.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear golden color into 19 oz. Guinness glass from 510 ml. bottle. nice white 1 1/4 " head which quickly dissipated to a thin white layer leaving fine lacing. citrus grassy/piney aroma but not overly hopped. a taste of citrus, grapefruit and pine with slight well balanced bitterness. Excellent brew.

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Photo of phillyfan9
4.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although easier to get than Pliny The Younger, I personally prefer Elder.

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Photo of PhilFoley
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sikemenow
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brandonwnw
4.66/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good DIPA but only on par with the PNW fresh hop IPAs today. Tasty but only on par with the other delicious seasonals we will taste in the next month. Glad I was able to try it but not a cut above others on the class.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 510ml bottle into Guinness pint glass.

L - Straw gold pour with minimal white lacing on top.

S - Citrus peel. fresh pink grapefruit, slight pine notes.

T - Pithy grapefruit, spruce needles; bitter, but not oppressive.

F - Stinging hop oils in the front, with a dry finish.

O - A quintessential IPA (DIPA). It's powerful, but forgiving. Fairly well balanced hop profile. leaning on the citrus-y side.

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

A floral, citrusy, light, natural smell, like a sweet spring day. So easy to drink, goes down smooth, very subtle aftertaste. Light lacing, shiny gold body. A real gem.

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Photo of eboydjr7785
4.87/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.64 out of 5 with 14,954 ratings