Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,455 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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4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa, Ca

I for one enjoy hype surrounding a beer, were enthusiasts and to not get excited about a beer is just silly. Coming from the East Coast and having heard so much about this beer i was very excited to jump into a few of these on my vacation to San Francisco and the greater area. Unfortunately i thought Pliny the Elder was just Good, it wasnt Very good. I had rought a half dozen beers on the west coast i thought were better presentations. but i still enjoyed this beer

A - Great looking beer, was a deep Amber/orangish brew, had a nice fluffy head that retained well

S - Very jumpy pine and grapefruit at first gives way to a little dankier hops, but seemed less dynamic than i anticipated.

T - Grapefruite comes first and there is great balance in this beer with the strong hop notes and a nice malt backbone to hold it all together, only problem was it seemed like a short taste. there were flahses of citrus and some pine, but really not as robust and complex as many other IPAs i have had.

M - Mouthfeel was just right, had good carbonation, beer was very drinkable.

O - Overall Good beer, Very nice hop characters, very nice presentation. everything was very nice, i would buy this beer often if i lived out west, but there are many other beers i enjoy more, and i just cant give it a top score.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.28/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 2/6 enjoyed on 3/4

A - Beautiful beer. Nice big fluffy white head, crystal clear body, lively carbonation. Pretty much perfect.

S - Citrusy cat pee. Sweet malt in the background. Pretty muted unfortunately.

T - Grapefruity hops. A hint of cat piss astringency. Very subtle sweet malt in the background.

M - Smooth as silk. Alcohol is not noticeable. Bubbles tickle the tongue. Just a subtle hint of bitterness lingers on the tongue. Really nice mouthfeel.

O - It really lives up to the hype. I could crush a couple of these really easily. I can think of a handful of beers I'd grab before this one but it's really well made and enjoyable.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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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%

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

Poured a 510 ml bottle into a Sam Adams custom (wish I had a craft IPA glass for this). I let it warm for about 45 mins before I poured it, too.

A: Pours a sharp, deep golden and shimmers with light amber fire. The clarity is sexy perfect. It forms some gnarly head, slightly off-white, many fingers, tight, and web-like with fabulous retention. I could stare it down all afternoon.

S: Better than the appearance. Bitter-sweet with fresh and cool pine sightly girded by sturdy citrus of grapefruit and tangerine. The malt is perfect; receding into the background, it leaves a delicate trace of light crunchy caramel and graham cracker. There is also a light fruit garnish of apricots...why not?

T: The most complex thing I've had to date. The front is floral and gives way to an apparent resiny hop presence. The malt structure is there but not the star, yet nor are the hops. The balance is the star--the narrative journey tasting this takes you on. It moves and changes within the seconds so overtly that you notice the process and the change. Very cool stuff.

M: Smooth and velvety.

O: See taste. It evolves. Every sip is a different story.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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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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