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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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours clear amber. A nice fluffy off-white head.

Citrus and pine. To me, this is a classic ipa. I realize that this doesn't mean much, but it's really what I'm looking for the style. Unfortunately, nothing about this is unique to me. I guess RR was the one to define the style, so the beer is perfect in that regard.

Nice and bitter. Crisp, with some tropical sweetness. To me, this beer is about the pine flavor, although I'm sure some beg to differ. A pretty big malty backbone. Perfectly balanced with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. A little resin after each sip.

Overall this is a delicious iipa. I don't feel like it's in the same category (or league) as east coast iipas, but it defines the bitter style. Awesome beer.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from the bottle to a tulip glass

(bottled 8-16-13, so about 2 weeks old)

A- pours a slightly hazy almost clear deep orange with a 1 finger big fluffy head that sticks all over the glass and makes a nice lacing

S- Huge pine right up front, followed by a citrus blast of grapefruit, dank sticky weed, oranges, tangerines, pineapple, just a lovely smelling west coast DIPA

T- grapefruit, pine, peaches, mangos, lyche fruit, just massively hopped up beer, tons of citrus. orange juice, bitter grape fruit skin on the end, hints of alcohol come through a bit and the heat gives it a nice balance.

M- just perfect on feel, so easy to drink medium in body, medium carbonation, bitter, sweet.

O- its been a long time coming to try this one, the king of the DIPA's! certainly a great beer, just perfectly balanced malts and hops, classic west coast style through and through, now i can see why this is one of the most sought after beers in the world, truley a classic.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: 6/6/2016

On tap at Toronado. $7 for a pint.

L: medium high biscuity malt, bread crumbs, caramel, toffee. High citrucy grapefruit and lemon hops, resiny, grassy. Smells fresh, with low peach and watermelon esters.

S: deep golden, very clear, with a big, persistent, 1/2 inch, tan, creamy head. Leaves off a big lace as it goes down.

T: moderate high biscuity and caramel malt flavor, with medium-high hop bitterness that slightly overtakes the malt in strength but not takes away from the flavor.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.79/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pretty color of light radiant gold fills the snifter as a loosely built, fizzy head sets atop. The complexion is more reminiscent of a wine than an ale but it certainly looks good.

The aromas are earthy and natural with a grassy, mossy, floral and even cannabis leaf scent. Around the edges grapefruit makes an appearance.

I'm guessing this holds a lot of Simcoe hops as I'm bombarded with deep vegetative, leafy, mossy and yes, cannabis, flavors. The hops certainly stand out but it's not the flavors I desire in an IPA. It is properly complex with a lot earthy tones but again not desirable.

This, I fear, is simply not my cup of beer and I believe that people do love it, just not me.

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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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