Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,426 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very basic and uninspiring offering. Huge dissapointment. Taste is of a traditional west coast IPA, which is fine, but its a very unimaginative attempt at the style. Have had this fresh twice, felt the same way both times. Heady Topper is vastly better, as are most quality west coast ipas coming out right now.

Retaste- I had this again and felt the need to adjust the rating. I have no clue what was wrong with the first 2 I had, but 3rd time around and it was really good. Still not on par with the hype, but really good and it wipes out my negative view toward PTe.

4th time around- really, really good. No clue on the first bottles

5th time around- ok so the more i drink this, the more it stands out. I'm probably around 1,000 ipas as far as what ive tried. And pliny continues to stand out. I guess i finally have to admit what the cool kids have been saying; this is a top 5 ipa period. I rank it only behind Heady Topper and true Alpine brewed Nelson.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mtomlins
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass (about 4 weeks old).
Tried in a head-to head with Heady Topper (Verdict: both awesome beers!!).

Pours a beautiful golden straw color with a huge, persistent, thick white head falling to a creamy color and leaves nice lacing behind. The nose blows your hair back with a massive hop nose dripping of pine tar and grapefruit juice as well as other sweet citrus and some bready malt. On the palate, hops, hops and more hops! Big resinous pine, grapefruit and other citrus flavors with a beautiful long, dry finish of American bittering hops. Medium body and good carbonation making a clean and round brew. Overall, just a delicious brew!

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into tulip, raises 2 fingers of sticky white head. Dissipates slowly and laces nicely. Color is perfect, beautiful shade of orange.

Smells better...grapefruit rind, citrus, floral tones. Not overpowering hop smell, just inviting citrus.

Delivers in taste complex a DIPA as I have tried. Initial citrus, immediately followed by malty backbone with bready sweetness, and finishes with a piney note. Real quality.

Perfect carb and smooth mouthfeel. Crisp and acidic, but still full enough.

Lives up. Glad I had a chance to try...thanks youdownwithabv!

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

Received a bottle in a trade, dated: 3-13-14.
A: A beautiful golden honey color.
S: Tropical fruit hops upfront: peaches, apricots, pineapple.
T: Notes of sweet fruit: peaches, apricots, citrus: orange, grapefruit, pineapple. There's no discernible bitterness, just a wonderfully balanced and smooth taste from start-to-finish.
M: A medium body, juicy mouthfeel that leaves the mouth salivating for more.
O: This is an exceptional double IPA, and deserves the rave reviews and high praise.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

General: This was directly from the brewery, the brewed date is 1/21/14. Poured this into my bottle logic lab glass for the tasting.

Appearance: Great dark golden color with a slightly off while head that doesn't really last.

Aroma: Amazing as always, pine, citrus and grassy

Mouthfeel: Perfect, plan and simple

Taste: If you haven't had this, get one and enjoy it.

Overall: One of the best DIPAs that is available plain and simple.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,426 ratings.
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