Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder
14,560 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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Poured from a bottle into a 12oz. pilsner glass.

Bottle was 19 days old when poured.

Appearance- Crystal clear yellow with a bunch of fizzy bubbles at first, but subsided to a good half-inch head. Surprising in its clarity- looked like any full flavor American adjunct brew in the glass.

Smell- Big citrus, crisp hops, pine resin, huge tropical fruit notes, finishing dank and aromatic. This is strong. Amarillo and Citra hop fruitiness.

Taste- All hops, all the time. Big citrusy swell, followed by hop oil bitterness, finishing out a tiny bit sweet, and with only the slightest malt detection as the flavor dies out. Not much malt to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel- Clean and crisp as the appearance would suggest. Not at all heavy or syrupy like some imperial IPAs can be.

Overall- Hop forward beer. Hop juice almost. This beer was great, in that it provides a straight up appreciation of hops and hop character in the beer. Remarkable even- that it has almost no malt presence. Amazingly flavorful for how clear, clean, and crisp it is, but I expected more from this given the hype surrounding it. Despite all of the great flavors, I found it one-dimensional, and not at all complex, with no malt to hop balance. Not that these elements need to always be in balance for the style- I just tend to appreciate a more well-rounded beer. One of the greats nonetheless!


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A: Pours golden with about 1.5 finger head. Good head retention with the IPA glass. Smooth lacing during drinking.

S: wonderful hops. notes of citrus fruits and pine. Very pleasing.

T: absolutely delicious and refreshing. The flavors of the pine and citrus fruits are very complimentary of each other. The bitterness is not overwhelming, and give that distinct IPA bite.

M: Crisp, clean, smooth, drinkable. Leaves you wanting more.

O: simply fantastic. Wish I could get this beer more often. Very drinkable, and refreshing. Can't say enough good things.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,560 ratings
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