Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,375 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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3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/13/13.

A- Pliny always has a shade of orange to it, notable carbonation on the side of the glass, nice head on it.

S- Hops, as well as a piney aroma. Decently sweet, I get some apricot, peach, and some citrusy notes like lemon and orange. Some pineapple as well. The smallest hint of alcohol at the end of the nose.

T- Very hoppy, but very smooth. I don't get as many complex notes in the taste as in the aroma. It's an overwhelming hop-bitterness and the aftertaste almost has like a piney kind of woody, outdoors taste to it.

M- I always find it just a little overcarbonated, but it works well to make the beer smoother.

O- This is always a treat for someone who lives in NJ. Can/bottle, I rate Heady Topper and Citra higher than Pliny, just my personal preference. But on tap, Pliny might be the best beer I've ever had. This is still an awesome beer though and worth seeking out if you're into hoppy beers. Consistently up there with the best of them.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at a bottle share, and again via trade. Pours a clear light amber color with a moderate head. Nose and taste are both quite bitter and hoppy, with some amazing floral and piney elements; this was a fairly fresh bottle, so it was amazingly crisp and clean to drink. Great brew.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MacQ32
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really looking forward to this, obviously. I've had Heady and some great DIPA's, and I dont expect it to match Heady but if it can come anywhere close I'm in for a serious treat.

A - Unlike Heady it pours a brilliantly clear light crisp golden color with nearly 2 fingers of tan colored head, retention is fantastic and so is the lacing. Plentiful streams of carbonation rising to the top. Still a finger+ of head 5 minutes later, foam hanging off the glass from the top down to the fluffy tan head. Lacing becomes weaker as consumed although somewhat existing still.

S - The way I want every beer to smell, tons of citrusy hoppy fresh bitterness (grapefruit for sure). Not quite as bitter overpowering as Heady but just beautiful grapefruit aroma.

T - Oh yeah! Super crisp refreshing bitterness initially, quite bitter in the middle and then my mouth just begins watering from the citrusy deliciousness, the bitterness is damn near totally overpowered at the finish but reappears through the aftertaste where citrus sweetness is still very much present.

M - Super light crisp and bitter refreshing, medium+ carbonation but very much appropriate. Really a perfect body and bitterness for a hot day!

O - Overall this is amazing. Dry bitter, crisp, citrusy bomb. I think I've got a few rated higher but jesus would I love to have year round easy access to this!

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4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Amber brown/burnt orange with off white foam.

S-Hoppy floral with red fruit.

T-Layered beautifully starting with floral then transitioning into bright cherries and strawberries. Finishing with a great blend between the two.

M-Full body with a finish that lasts for days.

O: Great beer. In my top 5 for sure. The only reason I don't give it a 5 overall is that its weight stops me from drinking it all day and makes me full at the end. Excellent drink.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,375 ratings.
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