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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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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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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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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
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,593 ratings
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