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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4.62/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2 month old bottle via r/beertrade poured into a snifter

Gorgeous translucent, orange-tinged amber with 1/2" off-white foam that holds for quite awhile before becoming a fine lacing.

Aroma: Not as intense as I would've hoped. Sticky pine sap, sweet caramel, slight booze, prominent fruity quality...pineapple? maybe some tangerine and subtle grass notes

Incredibly smooth, thin mouth-feel with low to moderate carbonation. Resinous pine coats the tongue and reluctantly gives way to some citrus fruit and a grassy bitterness that stays at the back of the throat for ages. Malt flavor is present, but only enough to balance the hops.

One of the best IPAs I've had. If you don't enjoy pine, this beer will let you down. Overall, the beer was just right in terms of bitterness; the balance is virtue here. The beer was a tad undercarbed for me, but smooth enough that I wish I had a few more -strictly for the sake of reviewing of course ;). This is my first beer from Russian River, and I'm excited to try more of their brews

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3.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of ISmith87
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Second try (+compare to enjoy by 4/20)
Bought this case of Pliny from the brewery. Totally worth the trip and glad to enjoy it on National Beer Day!

A - 5 - amber golden clear color with nice white head that sticks throughout and leaves a nice lace on the glass
S - 5 - super dank, hardcore garlic/pine/grapefruit with nice bready malts in the background.
T - 5 - again, very dank, citrusy beer with garlic/ pine/grapefruit/orange/mango/papaya flavors. A flavor from the sugar that I can always taste in beers they use corn sugar in... its there, but its OK and it is what it is.
M - 5 - light-medium, alc covered, aftertaste is garlic/citrus/ grapefruit flavors.
O - 5 - what can be said about an ipa this classic and legendary? People seek it out because of its reputation, and it deserves it.

Compare to enjoy by 4/20:

The thing ive found about trying ipas together is they have a way of knocking each other out even when trying two world class beers. The better beer always shines far above the other one, while it may be good as hell, it doesn't measure up when put up against something slightly better.

The hop flavor profile in the Enjoy by is less distinct than that in the Pliny. While Pliny had very obvious garlic/grapefruit/orange zest/other tropical fruits, the enjoy by is more "clean" with a fresh pine/floral/grassy smell, and a more garlic dominated flavor, with the tropical fruit more in the background.

Last review in August '13:
I was starting to think I wouldn't get to try this for a very long time since I live in Phoenix and they don't distribute it out here. By some stroke of luck I happened to check Craig's List for brewing equipment and someone had listed that they had a case of Pliny and were selling individual bottles. I texted them and found out they had won a trip to N Cali and stayed in a hotel that was only a few miles away from Russian River. Like a good Samaritan they posted an add on Craigs List to see if anyone else in the area wanted some.

A - Crystal clear copper/orange color that has a finger of white head that stuck around the entire time with excellent lacing.

S - I was surprised to find that it didn't smell as pungent and some people say. Definitely has citrusy hops (grapefruit/lemon/lime/orange zest with some pineapple/mango in there), piney, and some garlicy/onion in there too. Great smelling beer, just not as intense as some people say it is.

T - This beer tastes amazing! The intensity of the hop flavor is unlike any other IPA I've had. It's definitely spicy, with garlic and onion at first that fades out to citrusy/piney hops as it warms up. There's grapefruit/orange/lemon/lime/mango/pineapple flavors in there. Really good, interesting and original.

M - light-medium mouthfeel, leaves a very intense hop aftertaste, sticky resinous feeling in your mouth

O - It lives up to the hype. Mainly just because of the intensity of the hops in the flavor. It's not really an IPA that I feel like I can compare to anything else either, because the flavor is so distinct. Some people say it tastes like Hop Stoopid, but I get much more spiciness and intensity from this. Amazing.

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bigaltemple
4.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 7/22

Looks like a shiny new penny, with a bright copper color. Minimal,soapy, off white head that turns to a filmy cap rather quickly. Some very light and wispy lacing.

Really great nose. Floral hops are prevalent, along with a lot of citrus and fruit. Able to pick out some biscuit, honey, and caramel too. Nothing punches you in the face, it just keeps asking for another smell to see what you'll pick up next.

Extremely well balanced! Get the evidence of a sweet caramel malt base, but the floral hops immediately wash over that. Get a dry, citrus rind finish. Just want to keep drinking. Medium body with crisp carbonation.

Great beer. Highly recommended.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,690 ratings
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