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Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 14,600 |  Reviews: 3,711
Photo of dowen17
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of xVERITAS
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 -3.2%

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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of stella77artois
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

20 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - Pours an amber, with more yellow shining through the light. Approximately 1" head formed after a slightly aggressive pour. Small amount of lacing stuck to the glass. Thin white head stuck around for the duration of sipping.

S - Lot's of malt and hops up front. Hops are a mix of bitter and floral. Once it warmed a bit, I noticed grapefruit and bitter flower aromas. Could also detect a bit of dankness, and the very slight cat piss smell some DIPA's have. Very nice smelling beer.

T - Yum yum yum. More malty and not as fruity as Heady (they're "rival" beers so it makes sense to compare), but it's not too far behind. A lot of bitter hops up front, as well as slightly sweet and carapils malts. As with the aroma, grapefruit becomes noticeable as it warms slightly, as does the dark/bitter floral taste. The malt and hops are very smooth. Doesn't have an extreme bite, which isn't a bad thing. A general bitterness that leads to slight fruitiness. Also a very slight lemon-lime citrus flavor in the aftertaste.

F - Doesn't feature the dry bite that many DIPA's do, which is the main reason why this beer is so drinkable. Has a good fizz feeling on the tongue and throat, so it can certainly be refreshing. Would be dangerous, but I could certainly session with this brew. Just a slight mouth coating, assuming from the carapils malt.

O - Won't overtake Heady on my list, but it battles Cafe Racer 15 as my second favorite DIPA. Bitter hops and tasty, smooth malts are the strength of this beer. Not as complicated as other DIPA's, but the perfect balance of hoppy bitterness and slight malty sweetness make this an outstanding DIPA. It certainly deserves the praise it gets. I'm not sure why some people are saying that DirtWolf is better than this. It isn't!

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Photo of Adriatic
4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have drinkin a couple times a free weeks out of bottling and had a weird soapy taste. Drank this one less than a week from the bottling and it was amazing. Poured into a tulip glass that really let the aroma of this beer shine. Great beer. Appeals to all senses!

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of intensify
4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Short and sweet review.

-Bottled on 10-3-13, drinking today 10-17-13.

-Huge west coast typical aroma with a larger pine and citrus smell. This thing is a pine and hop bomb! Freshly squeezed grapefruit but plenty of malt backbone to balance things out perfectly. Nice blend on citrus and malts. Finishes dry.

Pliny definitely lives up to the hype. The best? Maybe. If you call yourself a beer geek you must try it.

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Photo of Jabberwocky
4.66/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is what everyone else says it is: a fine example of an IPA.

Poured half bottle of it gently out of the bottle into a glass., drank then follow with second half slightly warmer. Initially no head, but still it started to slowly foam up and form a slight head. Scents of pine and citrus, the way it smells is actually quite incredible because it carries on the second pour as the beer warms. First taste and there's more citrus along with some sweetness that hides a lot of hop. Balances well and is not overpowering. I could drink this everyday if not for the fact that it is a bit hard to find and the grocery stores that do carry tend to want a premium price.

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of CurtisD
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Jslay013
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tmm313
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 10/03/13
Drank on 10/17/13

Appearance was off the charts. Perfect color and head retention. Incredible lacing. Probably the creamiest head I've ever seen on an IPA.

Smell was spectacular. Super strong aromas! Piney with strong tropical fruit, grapefruit, peach and orange. Booziness became more noticeable as it warmed.

Big pine, big grapefruit, big orange, some tropical fruit, and mild booze (especially as warmed). Huge resinous pine on the finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy with crisp carbonation. Medium body. Slightly dry finish.

Overall a really good beer - not so much for the taste, but for the superior quality of all its other parts. Good balance and character. Slightly saddened that it didn't blow my mind as unrealistically as I had hoped, but happy to be able to say I hunted it down and had a taste.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,600 ratings
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