Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,375 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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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Had it too many times to care, it's good. But no one cares any more.

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4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A big shout out to my friend Bob who hooked me up! Bottle date 10/3/13.

Poured into a Tulip glass

Smell - The first thing I notice is a lot of pine. Some tropical fruits, grapefruit predominantly.

Appearance- Pours a bright golden hue. A solid 1/2 inch of sudsy head. Good lacing throughout the session.

Taste - Big hop profile with lots of pine. There is very subtle notes of tropical fruits, just like the smell; Grapefruit, mango etc. The amount of hops is balanced with a bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation. There is a good bitterness that sticks to the mouth. A slight sweetness that I could feel in my teeth a little

Overall - A very good DIPA. Not the best that I have had, but definitely one of the best. There was some good flavors there, but nothing too crazy. The flavors came out the more that I drank it. It actually got better and better as I went. I was happy to finally try this one and was not let down. A very solid offering from RR.

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4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Served in a tulip glass at Stone Bistro in CA. Deep golden color with thick frothy head

S- Citrusy/Sweet. Can almost taste the hops on the back of your tongue from scent.

T- Clean, sweet taste. Hints of pinapple/citrus lots of hops. The way I like it!

M- Perfect balance of medium body and carbonation - smooth finish. Super smooth for ABV

O- Few beers live up to the hype, Pliny def does. I put this side by side with The Oracle from Bells as the best Imperial I've had on tap.

Serving type: On Tap @ Stone Brewery and Bisto - Escondido, CA

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,375 ratings.
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