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: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.76/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled: 11/13/13
Consumed: 1/22/13
Appearance: Deep gold, effervescence, creamy head, pretty decent lacing and some legs.

Aroma: Sweet floral with some spice. Reminds me of rose oil to a certain degree.

Flavor: very hoppy, but very well balanced. Easy to drink- too easy! Without the strong malt backbone, this would be tough to consume. With it, it’s a world beating beer. It has some spiciness, along with the grapefruit and other citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body, but balanced and medium dry in the finish. Very smooth drinking.

Opinion: Being from Oregon, I get far more than my share of West Coast IPAs. I may have had a better one at some point, but I can’t say when. I’m very fortunate to have a pretty regular supply of the stuff just two blocks from my house. Needless to say, I spoil myself on it.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was bottled on 3-10-14 and consumed on 3-18-14 cannot get much fresher then that really...

Appearance- Beautiful orange color, almost shins in the sun light, thick white head, alcohol legs, a 2-3 finger head with a solid pour

Smell- WOW a trust West Coast hop bomb this is what a classic, Dry West Coast hop aroma, orange peel , citrus, light malty bread notes to round out the dank hop aroma adds a solid backbone to this beer, hint of pineapple, hint of garlic or chives for some solid dankness one of the BEST IPA's in the WORLD...all the classic IPA character true hop heads love

Taste- WOW just class West Coast hop dryness, pineapple, light bread notes, dank hop and garlic notes, some citrus and pineapple notes as well just fantastic EASILY one of the TOP 2 IPA's I have ever had the pleasure to have...A MUST HAVE IF YOU ARE A TRUE HOP HEAD....DRINKS THIS BEER AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE...

Mouthfeel- Classic West Coast IPA dryness, bitter yet smooth hop after taste and at 8% ABV very easy to drink at that....

Overall- One of my Favorite beers of ALL TIME for sure if you are from California and are a HOP HEAD and you have not had this beer you are missing out for sure....ITS A MUST HAVE...if you are able to find it....CHEERS

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a very nice copper color with a large two finger white head, good retention and lacing.
S: Big citrus, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and more grapefruit. Picking up pine as well.
T: Same as the smell. I can't get enough of it, truly amazing! Very hoppy.
M: Medium light, bitter, dry , and sticky. Top notch!
O: I wish I lived in CA just for this beer? Glad it is easy to attain, got as an extra in a trade. About 2 1/2 weeks old.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,459 ratings.
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