Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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100
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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:
14,461
Reviews:
3,694
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
7,311
Gots:
4,313
For Trade:
107
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 14,461 |  Reviews: 3,694
Photo of pdogger44
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JJuva13
4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenK34
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of BFCarr
4.41/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very nice IPA. Looks great, has tastes good, pleasing aroma, and is smooth. Probably over hyped, but an excellent brew. Looking forward to finding the Younger.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.04/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**
0611/2017
On tap at local 44.

LOOK: beer color, small but lasting white head.
AROMA: apricot, guava, pineapple....very tropical.
TASTE: tropical fruit, hair spray hops, good, but not amazing.
FEEL: disappointed in the carbonation, knowing Russian rivers other beers. Medium body and smooth.

Certainly a very good beer. The aroma is my favorite attribute. Much like Heady Topper, I am similarly not as impressed as the general imbibing public.

Tasty nonetheless.

**

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Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of CHEFD1214
4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA out of Cali. I put Heady Topper above it, but it's really an awesome west coast style IPA!

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Photo of stew942
3.48/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

If you have never had some of the other top ranked beers, then this beer is great. However, it can't come close to any of the Northeast rock stars. You could call Pliny Bud after drinking a Julius or a Heady.

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Photo of bevjen
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of npachl
4.16/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wiffler27
4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

one of the best beers i've ever had.

i finally got a chance to have it during Philly Beer Week.

so juicy, hoppy, bitter and piney. like a hopped up Union Jack on steroids. so clean and so hoppy, pure bliss

i could drink this all day every day

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

Photo of Caboguy
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally found Pliny on tap in a small joint in SoCal. It is all that is cranked up to be. Clean refreshing, hoppy goodness. Drink it cold and fresh. I'd tell you where I found it, but I can't. This is my happy place. Though I'm 3000 miles away, I need to know there will be some left there on tap if I ever return. If you can find Pliny, drink it. It is the Holy Grail of beers!

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

Photo of jchandler3
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.96/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours clear Amber color with a finger of white foamy head
S: sweet citrus but it doesn't jump out of then glass. But it does smell good.
T: watery citrus juice with a semi dry and bitter finish.
F: thin, refreshing and very easy drinking.
O: hazy NE ipas have spoiled me. This is just okay.

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Photo of zd8garand
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has a hazy golden look with a thin layer of head floating above that dissipates in about 3 minutes. The first sip was delicious in every aspect. It has an original thought out balance between a citrusy sweet and an excellence of hoppiness. It finishes with a hoppy finish on the back of the tongue going down and a spirited aroma going through the noise.

This beer by Russian River Brewing Company is a one of a kind brew that should be tried by all beer connoisseurs!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color and leaves the same color body with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipates within less than a minute, carbonation is seen rising, light lacing is left in the wake but not that much as I thought I would have seen; the aroma has a combined citrus and piney hops up front and very powerful that it lasts through the entire drink, however, there are some malts that do come through ever so lightly as it warms; the flavoring is mainly bitter but has a light citrus sweetness comes through in the malts, strong bitter citrus/pine aftertaste, super dry finish; its somewhat easy on the palate or as much as a DIPA can be and assaults the palate as a superior DIPA should; overall, a superior DIPA that I would very much have again if available, but I got this in a trade and wouldn’t mind having it again

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap to pint glass at Monk's Cafe (Philly). Clear amber with lots of retention. Lots of pine and sweet aromas in nose.
Bitter but well balanced. Citrus, mango, berry flavors. Sweet viscous vanilla and pine in flavor. Smooth syrupy finish. Lots of alcohol. Very drinkable. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 050517, after wanting to try it for several years now I was shocked to find a bottle.

One finger of thick white head atop a clear golden glass of ale with okay lacing. Resin, sap, chamomile and dandelion flowers, onion and garlic, pine, orange peel, prickly pear, tomato, alfalfa and the most brief scent of lilac fill the nose, with fresh bready malt in the background which smells a little more like sweet donuts after it warms slightly. It tastes extremely bright at the start then slightly malty, and very pleasantly bitter throughout, with a bunch of the orange, grass, and resin aromas coming through excellently with very subtle rosemary, kiwi, caramelized onion or fresh garlic, and lemon poppy seed muffin batter flavors. Big resinous, sappy, crisp and fresh flavors over top flaky biscuits which seems hectic for a moment before dissipating into a soft, very long-lasting citrusy bitterness. Creamier carbonation, but almost oily mouthfeel and frail influence from the alcohol all around, or at least until I reached the last lukewarm gulp where it showed a bit stronger.

An incredibly jubilant yet comforting beer, I can't get over how pleasurable it is to drink and it's phenomenal hoppiness and maltiness. An outrageous surprise from my trip to Colorado, not just because I got to bring it back home but also because of how marvelous an IPA it is.

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Photo of rbro112
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Bogdawg
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,461 ratings.
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