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Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 051414, fairly fresh, 10 days mark.

Pours stunningly clear and brassy. Nets a head that tops out at 2 fingers but settles with good retention, very rocky and fluffy. Lace seemed to be a bit lacking, this clumps sporadic around the glass.

Stunningly refined much like the clarity. Proudly flaunts a bold west coast IPA citrus and pine hop character floral and perfume-like, starts to fill the room upon pouring. Notes of tropical fruit and grapefruit rind surface over a steady pine backing. Slightly sticky malt character but unable to characterize beneath all the floral hop.

Malt character is sweet bread like and just enough to push back the waves of pine and grapefruit hops as they cascade through the drink. The hop flavor just builds on top of itself and the bitterness is quite intense and flows in seemlessly towards the end of the drink. Bitterness with pine and mint lingers in the aftertaste, smooth and drying. Flavors don't seem too bold or overwhelming but it isn't hard to appreciate how well all aspects of the drink are integrated. A fine tuned machine of a beer.

Good body and smooth carbonation to keep the beer drinkable and balanced. Very smooth, alcohol hidden very well.

Respect your Elder. Admittedly there is some batch variation so it's one to keep drinking, this one is excellent. Truly the standard of which DIPAs are compared, while others may exceed this with certain features, Pliny is well rounded at all corners and will always be in the discussion of top beers.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a tulip.

A - Settles a clear, perfectly golden hue with just over a finger of a fluffy, white head.

S - Sweet grass, pine, subtle floral hop notes.

T - Piney hops balanced with perfect malt finish.

M - This, for me, is where this beer really shines. It's light at first, allowing the hops to fully shine through, then morphs into a wonderful, almost cream-like, smooth malty finish.

O - A total knockout. Though many have come close, to date, this may be the best beer I've ever had.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this recently on tap at Monks in philly. The server came back with it in a 16 ounce pint glass which surprised me. Smell was very piney, did not get a lot of citrus notes. Taste was very earthy and piny with a nice hop bite and quite delicious and easily quaffable. Alcohol content is completely hidden and could easily drink more of these than I should

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

3-13-17 - Two pints right from the teet in Santa Rosa. With the wife and daughter during her spring break. Smoother here? I think so.
11-30-16 - On tap yet again at Monk's in Philly. Worth the walk in the rain.
2-18-16 - still the best. Side by side with Hopslam as both on tap at Monk's in Philly. Both are oh so special, but Pliny stands above. Aroma and ring around my pint glass are tops (aka second to none). Met some good folks today from Tampa, Hershey, and Philly.
9-2-15 - I'm sure I've missed a couple. Still all should be measured by Pliney. On tap at Monk's during the New Belgium takeover (what does that tell you?) C'mon, this beer is second to none!
7-10-15 - on tap again at Monk's. THE best beer in the world. Great way to start the weekend.
Draught at Monks. Simply the best.
4-1-15 - St. Baldricks event at Jamison Pour House with Jen and Ann. DFH 120 also on tap. Superb as I had Enjoy By 4/20 earlier in the day.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer! With its fantastic west coast hoppy, estery tad sweet flavor of an imperial IPA from that region which is and can be mind-numbingly delicious. Always a faithful standby whenever on tap in the places frequented when I lived in Philly. Now that I live in TX, I truly miss RR.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,600 ratings
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