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Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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Bottled on 01/10/14, opened 01/14/14

A- A vibrant golden color with a thick, fluffy pure white head. Significant lacing on the glass.

S- Complex, deep hoppy smell. Quick top note of citrus followed by a subtle aroma of pine and resin. A bit of lingering "dank" smell at the tail end.

T- Similar to the smell, a nice balancing of bright citrus and biting. hoppy pine flavors. A slight sweetness to counterbalance the hops. Starts bitter, goes sweet and then back to bitter. But all balanced and none overpowering. Lasting aftertaste of slight bitter hops that sticks to your tongue.

M- Nice, medium bodied beer. Great carbonation that provides a crisp, clean feeling. Lingering hoppiness gives it a slight "chewy" feeling

O- Near perfection. A wonderful change from the movement toward the over the top Citrus flavors in many IPAs. The lingering aftertaste of hops really sets this apart from many other IPAs. This is a beer that I could drink all day or linger over just one glass. The hop taste I'm left with is neither overpowering nor is it fleeting and disappointing. For me, most IPAs I can only have 2 of before I feel I have "wrecked" my palate for the evening. Having recently just had Zombie Dust, which is so smooth that you almost don't notice you're drinking a hoppy craft beer, I feel that Pliny succeeds at not being too smooth so you can still recognize the craftsmanship and hops.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,627 ratings
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