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 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:
3,720
Ratings:
14,679
pDev:
7.74%
Bros Score:
4.68
 
 
Wants:
7,395
Gots:
4,446
Trade:
103
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JerryG
4.91/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding.

Color- light gold with a white effervescent head

Smell - huge balanced hop smell with citrus and pine

Taste - a light citrus with huge hop flavor. not very malty a little dank

mouthfeel - good, not especially creamy, but a good bite and a fresh light feel.

This was my favorite beer. After trying heady topper, I thought I still liked this better, but after having them side by side, I have to give the nod (no pun intended) to heady for the grapefruit crisp easy finish. Still a cut above other beers though.

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Photo of slackattack
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into RR bubble pint. Right off, this is a great looking beer. Crystal clear, nice 2 fingers of head that stick around and sticks to the glass as you sip. The nose sells this beer for me. Pine and citrus, especially grapefruit. Taste follows nose for me. Big hops, but in a very well balanced format. Not the hoppiest DIPA in the world, but it might be the most balanced and well done. Love this beer and I am not disappointed after hearing a lot of good stuff about it.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Antnego
4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Popped open a bottle and poured into a chilled stein ... Big shout out to Neil at Red Carpet in Rancho Cucamonga for providing a bottle out of his personal stash!

A: 3.75 - Deep golden hue with almost no head on a slow pour, very thin and dark cream colored. Has an appearance of a typical adjunct lager. Lacing is insane, dense foam clings to the side of the glass.

S: 5 - BIG grapefruit, citrus and floral notes smack you in the nose, trailed by a dense, woody pine backdrop. I'm also detecting some dried fruit like cherries, peaches and figs. The fruitiness of this beer is VERY assertive.

T: 4.75 - The taste follows the smell, with a burst of citrus fruits, dried peaches, and deep pine notes. There is also a strong malty backbone with this one that keeps it from being overpowered by its intense hoppiness. The aftertaste is of strong bitterness from the hops that lingers for an eternity. It might be too much for the uninitiated, bit for hop-heads, it might be paradise.

M: 4.5 - Moderate carbonation, silky-smooth mouthfeel, intensely refreshing on the way down. Coats the tongue and throat quite nicely.

Overall - 4.75: All in all, this is my second divine experience tasting a Russian River offering. Normally, I'm not an IPA fan, but the fruity blend of hops here is so excellent - it's perfectly balanced with strong, sweet malt that keeps the aggressive hop flavor in check. The aftertaste was a bit strong, but that was easily remedied with another sip. The worst part of this beer is that it will be gone soon and I'll have to wait until I can reserve another!

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4.28/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,679 ratings
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