Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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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: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,688 ratings
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