Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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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 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanx to my new trading partner robb for this one!

if you are a first timer, it is difficult to review pliny.
a: the beer pours a nice clear orange with fluffy white head that lasts as long as can be expected for this abv.
s: smell is tremendous, a nice mix of tropical fruit, pine and dankness.
m: mouthfeel is good with a nice crispness and appropriate carb level.
t + o: taste follows nose as you get a burst of nice citrus followed by pine and dankness. there is an underlying sweetness from the malt that is refreshing but not cloying. the bitterness level is much lower than most current ipa's. the problem with reviewing pliny these days is it tastes like a typical west coast ipa. I would probably pick sculpin above this if blindfolded, and I can think of a few more ipa's that I like more. but here's the thing - the reason all those other ipa's taste like this is because they ALL copied this. it is the blueprint, the archetype. I think this beer along with boston ale are the two most important American beers in history. without this, no IPA's and no explosion of interest in them. so although the rest of the field has caught up, I have great respect for this beer.

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Since beginning to drink craft beer in 2009 this beer has been on my wishlist. After moving to Denver, I have had this beer a couple of times. A first I wanted to purely take it in, but the time has come to give it a rating.

Bought at Little's Wine and Liquor store in Denver, CO. Bottling date is: 03/18/14 so about as fresh as it gets in CO, 16 days.

A&S: Big fluffy (about 2 fingers) white head that leaves networks of thick lacing along the glass. Head retention is great considering 8% ABV. The beer is a lively transparent light orange color. Predominate aroma tones (in no order) include: lemon, pepper spice, piney hops, and sugary sweetness.

T&M: Well mixed piny and citrus hops complimented by a spicy undertone. My favorite characteristic about this beer is the fact that it is a double with some sweetness, but it isn't overpoweringly sweet, malty and heavy. I understand that to get to some higher DIPA ABV (10, 11, ect.) you need to juice it up, but that juicing can cut through other important flavors in the beer. Incredible drinkable, not heavy on the palate, yet very flavorful. Alcohol is very well hidden (almost too much so). Majority of the spice hits midway though. A wave of bitterness punches your palate as the flavor begins to finish, leaving a lasting, but not heavy finish (as a disclaimer: Not nearly the tongue bruiser as I imagined it to be). Body is on the low side of high with some oily context. The carbonation isn't as high as I expected from the lively look to this beer.

Overall: Having high expectations for particular beer will affect the score you give it. Admittedly, I have seen the rating of this beer before, because it is top 5. This review might not be as high as some, but this beer, certainly belongs in the top tier of all beers. Also one of the best beers on the market for the price about $6.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,383 ratings.
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