Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder
BA SCORE
4.65/5
14,560 Ratings
Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16
Reviews:
3,706
Ratings:
14,560
pDev:
7.74%
Bros Score:
4.68
 
 
Wants:
7,341
Gots:
4,373
Trade:
107
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 14,560 |  Reviews: 3,706
Photo of dahlen22
4.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall: Heard all the hype, so I drove 30 minutes in pouring rain to have this on tap at Isaac Newton's in New Town, PA on August 1st which is now IPA Day for some reasons? Bad news was they limited it to one glass per person (was not loving that). Good news was the WOW factor. This beer is everything I expected it to be. Huge fruit bomb in the nose...super smooth drinkability with a variety of tropical fruits (too many to list going on here), hops, and some subtle bread notes. The hops were not at all overbearing as I sometimes find with this style of beer. The flavors were so balanced and tasty...This is without a doubt the best Double IPA I have ever had and could have easily drank this all afternoon despite the 8%. And they say the Younger is better...if that is true, I eagerly await that one to come around. Cheers!!

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Photo of Gregafree
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dangus00
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Exantrius
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Rafael_Mindu
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of RoguesDad
4.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Pours is golden with white head. Flavor is incredible hops, not overly bitter but no malts to be tasted. Really well done, clean hop taste and absolutely fantastic. One of my all-time favorite beers. The hops are really strong, but I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of NYR_Rob
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SavageHopHead
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Hobbit
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of iDrake
4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of aquazr1
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of hecmin01
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DaveRinn
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Jame515
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DJMonroe
3.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of jvodom
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Brewzma
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of utah44
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mailed to me by a California friend, Poured into a Sam Adams glass yielded a nice head, plenty of lacing and beaucoup small bubbles for a few minutes. Color was golden, Smell was wonderful with a nice hop forward, citrusy piney character and a hint of malt flavor. Mouthfeel was a little weak, but offset by the outstanding taste which was very hop foward , pleasantly bitter and just sweet enough with a malty finish and the alcohol is hidden well. My first from Russian River which I wish were available in my area. Nice to start with one of their best. It is hard to compare to other great DIPA's but it has to be one of the most balanced DIPA's I've had. Enjoyed with jambalaya and crawfish pie, a great pairing.

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Photo of hit728
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of schwemjw
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright copper with a decent bright white head that is leaving tantalizing lacing around the glass.

S: Apricots, mango, pineapple and pine immediately hit my nose. Sweet honey, caramel and orange follow up with a mouthwatering bright citrus. As it opens it gets more floral with a bit of lemon grass.

T: Mouthwatering, puckering acidity right off the bat. Mango, papaya and dry pine and earth. A hint of dry tobacco in the finish. A tinge of caramel around the edges of your tongue. Pineapple and bit of wood. Sweet cherry also stands out surprisingly. A nice malt spine holds this up with some dry grapefruit coming in at the end.

M: Light to medium. A small amount of carbonation with a long, wonderful lingering finish.

O: Wow. did not expect this to live up to the hype the way it does. A fantastic IPA. complex yet an easy drink. Hops on hops on hops. /96

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Photo of Masspike84
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of deBeaupre
4/5  rDev -14%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,560 ratings
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