Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,382 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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3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure what to say about Pliny. It's basically perfect, but at the same time it's not terribly interesting.

The appearance is exactly the light copper it should be. The smell is balanced (you'll see that word a lot here) with notes of plant, citrus, pine and resin. The taste mimics the smell, with just enough sweetness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is good, neither to thick or thin, with a little lingering resin.

The end result is just right, but somehow less than the sum of its parts. I certainly enjoy Pliny, but it's never made an impression that lasts. It's an exceptionally balanced double IPA, but it's basically the same IPA everyone makes, just executed better.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16 oz. bottled poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled on 10/30. Consumed on 11/9.

A - Golden orange with a solid finger of off-white head. Small bubble foam. Lasted for a while and made beautiful lacing on sides of glass as liquid receded. Distinct lines of carbonation. Clear/no cloudiness or sediment. Aesthetically pleasing.

S - Melon and grapefruit. Smelled of fresh hops.

T - Intense and complex flavor palate. Subtle and pleasant changes as the beer warms. In order, melon, kiwi, lemon and pear, with a slight tart grapefruit finish. Lasting pleasant tart on back/sides of the tongue.

M - Very clean, very crisp. Positively refreshing. High carbonation, but absolutely complements zesty citrus flavors. Luxurious foaming in mouth. Medium bodied. Slightly more malt backbone than I expected (for a DIPA), but again, perfect...

O - Don't know what to say... blew me away. I love west coast IPA's and this may be perfection of that style. Absolutely phenomenal.

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4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The class of Russian River Brewing. It's the perennial answer to the question: what's the best American 'big' IPA.

Like all of my favorite beers, the hallmark to this one is balance. Hop notes are bright; the age of this beer is telling. At it's youngest, it pops and sizzles, nearly overpowering your palate with hop brightness; but you take the first sip, and it reveals the complexity of the malts. The underlying hints of sweetness recall fresh-cut lawns, and the superb finish demonstrates attention to detail.

As it ages, the beer loses hop brightness (duh!) but retains its malt characteristics, and you can sense the real depth of the flavors that Russian River has built in. Even aged beyond its hops, it's a great beer.

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4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I am blessed enough to live in the Bay Area. And though it is still a bit difficult to find this because of the demand, its not too difficult to strike gold. After a few phone calls and swiftness, the thirst was quenched.

A: Liquid-gold. That is the only way to describe this beauty. A beautiful golden hue.

S: The aroma is out of this world. Straight off the bat, it seems as though there may be an unpleasant bitterness to the taste and this may be due to a grapefruit-ness aroma. There are full piney notes and also a strong coriander scent. There are also beautiful notes of grapefruit that does not overpower, but accentuates both the piney notes and coriander scents. It is phenomenal. End of story.

T: The bitterness completely disintegrates as it passes through the tongue and you swallow the liquid gold. The piney notes definitely come into fruition just as it hits your tongue, but then the grapefruit notes creeps up on you. Hoppy yet not overpowering. The bitterness aftertaste fades away, just as a grapefruit would. Flawless.

M: Bold and crispy. The carbonation is not overpowering at all and just enough to keep it refreshing and enough to clean the palate to get me ready for the next sip of this golden perfection.

O: Wow... just wow. We eat with our tongue, eyes, nose, AND MIND. The reviews dont lie. The popularity dont lie. The hype is real. The quality is real. By far the best imperial IPA, no.. understatement.. the best beer I have ever had the privilege to drink.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had the privilege to finally try Pliny the Elder thanks to a trade and what a treat it was!

A - Pours a bright gold with little head. Beautiful lacing.

S - A very pleasant piney taste, some flowers.

T - Citrus hops, piney taste, impressions of honey

M - Great! Carbonation worked perfectly.

O - One of the best beer I ever had. Somehow, I kept thinking about Zombie Dust as I was enjoying this one making myself hesitating as to which one was the best. For now, I will go with ZD but with the opportunity to try Pliny more in the future my mind could change.

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4/5  rDev -13%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,382 ratings.
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