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

The honorable Pliny the Elder!
I can't compare to Heady Topper since I haven't had the opportunity to try it yet, but this one takes the IPA crown for me.

Expertly balanced with a beautiful mix of interesting, diverse floral hops complemented by a smooth piney backbone. The malts do a wonderful job of calming the typical assertive bitterness of an IPA, and especially a double. That's what won me over...even though it has a high IBU, it definitely didn't come across as so.

The hype is most assuredly justified!

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Received a bottle in the mail from a good friend out in California. Having tasted Heady and knowing of the greatness of Pliny, I HAD TO HAVE IT!! Poured into a Tulip. Beautiful clear golden color with about a 1/4 head as compared to a more cloudy golden color of Heady. Smelled of amazing floral hoppyness. As far as a mouthfeel I felt it was a little thinner than Heady. VERY similar in taste to but with a little different finish at the end of a sip than Heady. All in All this beer is amazing and delicious. And left me wanting more and wanting to move to California for the rest of Russian River's lineup. Great stuff and I see why Heady and Pliny get so many comparisons.


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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,452 ratings.
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