Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
14,455
Reviews:
3,694
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
7,310
Gots:
4,310
For Trade:
107
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 14,455 |  Reviews: 3,694
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 department..as 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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Photo of take_it_sleazy
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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Photo of Yellolab2010
4.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of HollyHops
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of KevinL
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of SkinniePost
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mad3air
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mikejones
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of poop_brew
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of jrdaniel859
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Caesars0331
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Schulte30
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Great-Pyrebeers
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of D-18V
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light amber hued with some serious haziness. I see microscopic sediment suspended within it. A minuscule layer of white foam partially covers the top. Serious Brussels lacing. Intense floral hop aroma beckons me to taste. The flavor is a nice balanced floral hop assault. It really lasts throughout the palate from front to the back and throughout the fade. The body is moderately carbonated, yet smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Sam_Gladieux
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mwgroove23
4/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ElVampiro
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BigBadBaptist88
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect DIPA! I usually don't like the abrasive bitterness of regular IPA's but this one, when fresh, has the perfect balance!

The mouthfeel is very very nice as well.

Couldn't imagine a better DIPA!

Can't wait to try Heady Topper and this side by side.

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Photo of apbaj
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DavidK
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,455 ratings.
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