Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,373 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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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -13%

Photo of philipsanchez09
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I wasn't really into IPA's until I had this one here, both on top and in a bottle...over and over and over again. It's a must have whenever it's on tap and a take home when your local craft beer store has it in stock.

Taste: The "piney" taste is existent right from the beginning and the hoppiness is perfectly balanced. This is one of those that you just take your time with and enjoy.

Overall, this has got to be in my top 5 beers and should be a staple up there for years to come.

Rating: 9.75/10

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily one of my top three favorite IPAs ever. If it were available all year round, it would be my favorite hands down. Although, having it all year would take away one of the most fun aspects of this beer. Its rarity. Any IPA (or craft beer) fan needs to try this beer at least once.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.37/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled. Courtesy of Jim - huge thanks. Clear orange pour with a foamy white head. What sets this beer apart is the massive fresh hop aroma. Incredible. I smell pine mostly, but my wife says floral. Probably a little of both. It's the oily richness of the aroma that counts. Good solid IPA flavor. Very smooth. Bitterness balances with the massive malty backbone. Earthy finish. Warming after a few sips. Overall a wonderful double.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Pours a perfectly clear golden hue with a beautiful creamy off white head. Holds at two fingers and leaves hug spots of lacing all the way down the glass.

On the nose is wonderfully fresh citrus. Huge, fresh grapefruit. Mango and tangerine. Lemon zest. Just wonderful. Huge hop nose with some earthy tones beneath the citrus.

Taste mirrors the nose. Massive grapefruit tones and wonderfully bitter hops. Lemon zest and tangerine come through on the middle of the taste. Just fantastic. Crisp, clean finish with a big bitter punch on the back of the tongue. As I let the beer warm, some spicy notes begin to appear from the hops. Very complex and delicious IPA.

Mouthfeel is light with creamy carbonation. Really keeps the flavors moving and alive in your mouth. Delightful and refreshing.

What a beautifully brewed DIPA. Would absolutely drink again. Definitely worth seeking out.

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4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, poured into glass. Pours a mid-dark orange. This smelled heavenly. Tasted quite bitter but not extremely. Very hoppy and more citrusy than piney. I had 1 fresh bottle and 1 that was about 1.5 months old. They tasted the same, so I'm guessing it ages decently well to a point.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.88/5  rDev +6.1%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,373 ratings.
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