Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,489 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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

Have had it several times, but it's my first review of it. Poured out of a bottle into Russian river pint glass. Nice frothy looking head but thinned out fairly quick. Aroma is citrusy, grapefruit, very juicy, has some pine too. Tastes like the nose. very smooth and well balanced with the malt. Dont taste any of the alcohol. Overall, I think this is a fantastic DIPA, one of the first and best of its kind. Though slightly overrated, I think the high rating reflects the fact that this came out before most of the newer solid DIPAs in its class. I definitely don't think it's a top 5 beer , or even a top 5 DIPA anymore, but I'm sure it was both of these things just a few years ago. Now that competition in the DIPA arena has gotten tighter, there are so many other worthy competitors to pliny.

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4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a few bottles at Toronado in early December 2013. Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A- Produces a gigantic head of four plus fingers that remains long after the pour... Head is foamy and forms into a peak with a plateau above a copper and golden liquid... There's a lot of carbonation swirling around in the beer... It's beautiful.

S- A blast of piney hops with some citrusy undertones. It gives a wallop of resinous hops with some spiciness and smells of the forest.

T- Very much like the nose, this is citrusy and piney, but with an excellent sweet malt balance. The hops have a spicy zest to them.

M- The beer drinks incredibly smoothly, but there's a lot of bitterness that is well-balanced by a creamy middle. The end is bitter and dry, but still mellow and easy to handle.

O- A masterfully done DIPA... Smooth, creamy, hopped up yet balanced and offering plenty of sweet maltiness.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent American Double Ipa. Had It ON Tap In Ca, Nice Head, Caramel Color, Very Complex Flavor Palate But Very Balanced And remarkably Drinkable And smooth. This Is Easily On Of Top Beers I Have Ever Had Wish It Was Available Outside A Small AreaIn CA

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My review is based upon bottles that have made a 3500 mile trek. That being said, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this beer belongs on the stage of the world's elite, regardless of style. I VERY MUCH want to try it on tap fresh on site someday.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,489 ratings.
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