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

An amazing IPA. Great nose on this beer. Lots of citrus fruit. The mouth feel is good and I like the ABV at where it is at 8%. I think any higher and you would be able to taste the booze in the beer. I don't think it is as high as quality as Heady Topper or some of the Three Floyd's beer that has been out there, but still a amazing beer.

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

Bottled 1-6-14. Poured into a tulip glass on 1-26-14.

APPEARANCE: Dark, hazy orange/gold with glowing corn yellow highlights. Looks absolutely beautiful. Single-finger bubbly white head that quickly settles into a thin foam that sits on the surface for the duration and leaves beautiful, slowly descending lacing on the sides of the glass – some of the best I've seen, especially for this style.

AROMA: Hops in your face! Fresh, piny, resinous hops. Very robust, earthy herbal & floral notes. Actually reminds me of the scent of weed. Once you've gotten accustomed to the blast of piny hops and that dank earthiness, the citrus notes start to come out: fresh pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, maybe even a little mango. Loving all the different ways this thing is waking up my sense of smell.

TASTE: Medium to moderate hop bitterness hits you hard initially, but then tails off and doesn't stay with you, slowly morphing into a mixture of citrus fruits and sweet bread. The hop flavor still remains present throughout, but the other flavors come out and balance it all out very well. Pretty dry finish, but without leaving mouth feeling dry. Virtually no bite on the back end, 8% ABV is very well hidden.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium body, crisp and lively on the tongue, but somehow also feels very soft and smooth in the mouth.

OVERALL: An extremely well-balanced, heavily aromatic, complex double IPA. Mostly lives up to all the hype and definitely worth seeking out if you can't get it where you live. Feel very fortunate as a Michigander to have been able to get a couple bottles.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,373 ratings.
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