Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder
14,560 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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2.65/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pliny was a huge letdown... First, it took me a month of going from store to store to track it down. And when I finally found it in stock, I was rationed to two bottles.

I mean I was really, really disappointed. Maybe my palette was off? I was tired and waited until the kid was in bed. I had nothing but water leading up. The pour was strange; no head. Low carbonation. It was reddish in color. It was very hoppy in flavoring in the front, but due to the low carbonation, it lacked any yeast or wheat taste, which I like. It had a strong bitter finish that I just couldn't overcome. Not as strong or spicy as Knee Deep's Simtra, which has a better flavor. Pliny wasn't worth the search or wait. Stone Enjoy By is much, much, much better. Maybe my expectations were too high; I don't know. I'm really bummed. I'm not sure how it got a 100 on or a 100 on

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3.9/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at venti's downtown - seems they do this every 5th monday of the month - 8 oz for $4.75, worth the try.

solid classic orange copper color, not much head or lacing, but it was poured that way, so won't count against it this time. cold, it's good but a bit average. as it warms, it develops a very nice finish with hints of sweet malt and caramel. imagine deschutes' inversion, but a hint less bitter (shhhh . . . don't tell 'em i told ya). glad i tried it. a bit hyped, i'd say, but still deserving of a good rep. will have to check out the lacing next 5th monday - especially since everyone here is saying how awesome the head and lacing is, i feel i missed out on that aspect.

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4/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -14%

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4.41/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bought at whole foods, Bottle date 7/11/13

A- Nice and golden. The lacing is great after letting it set for a bit. Marks how big of sips you take.

S- The smell wasn't extremely overt, but once you got the nose deep down in it a nice hoppy profile on the nose. Though I'm writing the smell review after having drank a bit of it. When a breeze came through the house a definte piney smell wafted in.

T- Really large evergreen attack. if you take the time to savor the taste, you notice a very hidden sweetness before a large hop profile over takes your pallet. Large combination of hops makes it hard to really pick out any distinct hop profiles/flavors, but over all a large piney-ness that lingers and slows into a muted bitterness.

M- Mild to medium carbonation, a slight tinkling a long the cheeks and tongue. Medium body with a very dry finish.

Good enough to leave me pining for more!

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4/5  rDev -14%

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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a teku with aggression it produced a pillowy white head roughly 2 fingers tall that susatained for quite a while. As it fell it left honycomb lacing on the edge of the glass and small bubbles along the edge. The color was a soft orangish color with a small amount of haze.

S: Grapefruit and dank piney that can be smelled from across the room. A hint of alcohol in the nose, and nothing that I can detect that would be a malt aroma. Slightly grassy but not in a bad way

T: Big Bold Bright Bitterness that takes over the tounge with grapefruit and pine on the first sip. A complex yet distinct hop profile from begining to end with the more developed distinct flavors coming through at the end. Only a tiny bready grainy malt flavor detected in the middle, but it quickly is overtaken with lingering dank catty pine

M: Very dry with moderate carbonation and an slick mouth feel with all the hop oils. Yet a drying sensation with the strong bitterness (if that makes sense).

O: Not my first PtE and certainly not my last. This beer has quite the reputation, but if you like bright aromatic hoppy beers with a dry finish and huge drinkabilty. Check this bad boy out.

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4.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - filtered golden deliciousness.

S - initial aroma is pine and resin, but it quickly blossoms into a lightly sweet, deeply fruit smell. Mango, papaya, pineapple.

T - bright floral punch with a hidden dankness in the back. Alcohol punches through and resonates the flavor throughout my entire sinus structure. More tropical fruits balanced by a drying bitterness. Grapefruit. Tons of flavor.

F - smooth and silky, but a touch on the light side. Due to the filtration?

O - classically awesome. Amazing how good this beer has held up over more than a decade.

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