Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,491 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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Re review! Brother was just in Santa Rosa and picked me up a sixer as an early bday.

Brewed on 11/15/13.

A: Pours a marvelously clear brassy golden. Finger and a half of very creamy head. Excellent retention. Carbonation is lively, with tiny bubbles racing to the surface. Very fine bottle conditioning sediment in the beer. Barely noticeable at first.

S: Citrus is the name of the game here. Lots of grapefruit, with orange and some lemon. Malt sweetness is there, but this beer is definitely lacking the malted characteristic of most double IPA's. Smells clean and crisp.

T: Smooth, refined and sharp flavors here. Nothing is out of place. Everything is balanced, even if it's to the lighter and crisper side of the style. Big grapefruit peel bitterness comes off the front that lingers into an oily resinous that lasts the duration of the experience. Malt puts up a token resitance of cracker and slightly toffee sweetness. No alcohol present.

M: Definitely the star of this show. Sleek, on point and crisp. Not at all flabby, but in no way over carbonated. This one is built for speed.

O: One of the more difficult reviews I have written. I look at the pedigree and esteem that this beer has and I just don't get it. It's a great brew. Were this a single tier IPA I'd be giving it a nearly perfect rating. As is, it lacks the evocative, powerful aromatics and bracing bitterness of the really top tiered DIPA's. This one is crisp, balanced, refined and very drinkable, which isn't necessarily a good thing considering it's 8% abv. It is immaculately crafted, but I think it misses the marks for the style.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,491 ratings.
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