Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,375 Ratings
Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Citrus peel, pine, and dank. Sweet malt aroma is there in the background.

Appearance: golden, brilliantly clear. White rocky head.

Taste: pine bitterness as it starts and finishes with a lingering citrus bite. No malt sweetness, just a hint of breadyness.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light body. Finish is very dry.

Overall: great IPA. Balance is the key here, very drinkable for such a hoppy IPA.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear bright golden color with a two finger white head. Beautiful looking beer.

Aroma is decent, but not outstanding by today's standards. Get floral, grapefruit, tangerine, light mango, and pine from the hops. A hefty dose of bread and carmel come from the malt. Quite balanced.

Taste is balanced as well, but allows the hops to still shine. Get pine, tangerine, light grapefruit, and floral from the hops. The hop flavors have a nice brightness to them. Malt comes through in the beginning and middle of the mouth to bring a light carmel and sugary sweetness and some breadiness. The finish dries out nicely just like the pioneer of a west-coast DIPA would and leaves pine resin, citrus, and floral on the palate.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Medium body with a crisp, creamy, and very clean finish.

Back in the early 2000's, this would no doubt be deserving of high praise. However, as more and more breweries specialize in hoppy beers that are simply and truthfully better than this one, the hype becomes more and more ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, this is still a very solid DIPA with a good hop character, balance, and surprisingly clean finish. Nevertheless, this has to go down as one of those over-hyped beers in the craft beer scene. Still glad I got to try this though.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the standard 500 ml bottle(2 weeks old) into a tulip glass.

A-Thick Fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. light orange color. Very similar look to Stone enjoy by when poured. Beautiful looking beer.

S- You get some citrus, pine, standard west coast ipa smell. wasn't blown away with this aspect of the beer but certainly isn't bad.

T- Grapefruit,lemon, pepper, malty sweet breadyness, well balanced pine, smooth taste, very drinkable.

M- Well balanced medium body, juicy mouthfeel. Stays on your palate slightly, leaves you wanting more.

O- Overall you can tell this is a very good beer. I don't see any major flaws I just think newer beers have passed it up. This beer is going 55 on the highway when everyone else is going 65-70. This beer is Michael Jordan playing for the wizards, yeah he's still Michael Jordan he's going to still score on you and show you he can do it but he's not what he once was. I'd certainly drink this beer again but I wouldn't search hard for it.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,375 ratings.
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