Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,427 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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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Excellent. Best IPA out there.

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4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

The color is clear and light gold. It actually is really light in color.

The aroma has some deep and dank pine sweetness. It is a floral bouquet with tons of tropical fruit with peach, pineapple, mango. There's some breadiness in there too. Deep in, it's just pure hops. It just puts off the acids of the hops that few beers can do.

The flavor follows with pine, sweet mango, some tropical fruits. There then is a lingering bitterness that just cleans up the beer. The malt backbone is gentle, but strong enough to keep this beer balanced. The pine though is what stands out. It has a light malt body, tastes like pure juice, and stands out with lots of pine flavor as well as earthiness.

And that's the word, balance. With the huge aroma, the complex hop characteristics, and then that malt backbone. This beer really has everything wonderful about Double IPAs. The alcohol is not there at all and this could even be mistaken for a regular IPA.

Having had this again, the pine stands out for me, but it exemplifies the "pure hoppiness" of beers like Zombie Dust and Heady Topper. It attacks your teeth with the acidic hops.

In the end, this does it better than other DIPAs, but is not a game changer. Still, sets the standard and is still a world class beer.

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

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

Bottling date of 010614 and acquired at Coaltrain Wine and Spirits in Colorado Springs.

Deep, golden yellow body with excellent rising carbonation and a thick, billowy white head; sticky rings down the glass. Cantaloup and ripe, red berry aroma with a citrus scent undertone. Gentle, warm toasted malt; biscuit and a touch of caramel all wrapped together with a bold yet soothing hop bitterness flavor. Medium-heavy body; smooth; clean and dry finish.

After hearing so much about this DIPA, I am glad to see my experience generally agrees with all the hype. Juicy body with a sweet melon tone melds together nicely with an all-encompassing hop bitterness that nicely complements the malt components. One of the best DIPAs out there and in the league with Moylen's Hopsickle, Oskar Blues G'Knight Imperial Red, Victory's Dirtwolf, and To ├śl's Overall IIPA.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,427 ratings.
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