Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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100
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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:
14,485
Reviews:
3,697
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
7,322
Gots:
4,329
For Trade:
106
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4/5  rDev -13%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BearslikeBeers
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought at a liquor store and drank 10 days after the bottling date.
This beer pours a clear ochre color. The smell is good but surprisingly sort of weak for a DIPA. The carbonation laces down nicely.
The taste is awesome: all sorts of hops (I think a strong cascade hop presence ) right up front that gives way to a malt backbone that is sweet, juicy and able to hold up the heavy hops. The citrus flavor comes through the hops and is very different in character than other DIPAs I've had, there is definitely a lot of orange, and the flavor of orange or lemon peel even lingers on your palate after the hops are gone. The carbonation is soft and the mouthfeel is quite awesome. Overall I see why there is such hype, one of the most drinkable and balanced DIPAs I've had...
"The nations of the West also have their own intoxicant, made from grain soaked in water...Alas, what wonderful ingenuity vice possesses! A method has actually been discovered for making even water intoxicated."
-Pliny the Elder

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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  rDev -13%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Since this one is so tough to find I actually had to drive up to the brewery to try it. This is a very good beer but certainly over-hyped. Very nice aroma with definite apricot overtones. It looks and smells great but tastewise it matches up to some other great beers including Belgian macro-brews. One plus is it also tastes good a few days later from a growler.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

I have been into IPA for a while, but the Russian River Pliny the Elder is by far the PERFECT beer that I have tasted. It is perfection bar none. I have only had four bottles of them but they are worth all the hype around them.

Highly recommended to give it a try.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,485 ratings.
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