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: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light amber hued with some serious haziness. I see microscopic sediment suspended within it. A minuscule layer of white foam partially covers the top. Serious Brussels lacing. Intense floral hop aroma beckons me to taste. The flavor is a nice balanced floral hop assault. It really lasts throughout the palate from front to the back and throughout the fade. The body is moderately carbonated, yet smooth and refreshing.

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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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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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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,688 ratings
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