Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,450 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's taken me about 5 tries of this beer to truly appreciate it.. When I first tried it I loved IPAs but had a much less developed palette. I've now had it both on draft and in the bottle and this bottle (bottled about 6 weeks ago) is the most I've enjoyed it by quite a bit.

Pours a beautiful dark golden color with about a half inch of creamy white head. Smell is dank, earthy, grassy and floral. Taste is much the same, malt takes a big backseat so that the hop flavors can shine though in a great balance with one another. Bitterness is there but the hop flavors are still the main act. Dry finish with flavors that linger slightly but don't stick to the tongue and leave your palette fried.

On other tastes I've been overpowered by bitterness but now I can finally perceive all the great dank hop flavors that are there. This is not a DIPA with tons of citrus or tropical hop flavors but if you can tease out the amazing earthy hop flavors that are there, it's a truly great beer. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: green 510 ml bottle, poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip pint glass.

Appearance: orange colored, with a one finger semi-aggressive pour into the glass.

Smell: wow, the citrus smell attracted the attention of my wife, and she does not drink. Floral, pine, citrus, best double IPA smell yet.

Taste: the hops are not overpowering, smooth taste, bitter, the smoothness is what caught my attention. The various taste blend and melt into each other. What a great beer.

Mouthfeel: could feel the oil from the hops, carbonation.

Overall: great beer, I got two bottles from a local liquor store, I am really hoping to get more. This is a beer I could drink at a party or at home with lunch or dinner. It's definitely one to sip, savor, and enjoy.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- dark gold, almost copper w/near perfect lacing and great retention.
Smell- pine, honey, orange zest, apricot.
Taste-Wow, it's the DIPA of my dreams. Well balanced, yet still a hop bomb. What you expect out of this style, perfected.
Mouthfeel-Perfectly carbonated and crisp. A little oily, yet smooth.
Overall- I want more, now. This stuff lives up to the hype.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,450 ratings.
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