Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,423 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: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

T: A burst of sweet pine, and bitter grapefruit. I was a bit worried about trying this one. I looked at the bottle for days, scared of what it might be an epic disappointment. I'm glad to report that it wasn't, it was a ride that you want to ride over and over again. This beer has tropical notes, and many fruity notes live int this beer. I don't feel orange, or lemon, but something more.

A: What an IPA should look like. nice carbonation nice head nice lacing beautiful golden color.

S: Citrusy hops some pine but not overpowering smell like what you'd get from heady.

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

I wish I could say that Russian River Brewery's Pliny the Elder was just overhyped, considering how difficult it is to find, but it as good as they say. I find myself driving to multiple stores just to find a bottle this fabulous double IPA.

What makes Pliny the Elder so great? In my opinion, the beer hits the right balance of sweet flavor, piney perfection, and IPA bitterness. It is amazing how little alcohol you taste considering this is an 8.0 ABV, but after one bottle you certainly appreciate it's kick.

If you enjoy unique flavor of a well-produced IPA, Pliny is as good as it gets.


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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,423 ratings.
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