Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,424 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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Photo of BrianJohnson
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was amazed with this beer. Having had numerous DIPAs, I expected this to be about the same. Boy was I wrong. This is absolutely the smoothest DIPA I have ever had. The hops, of course, were front and center. But it did not nearly have the usual "hop blast" that every other DIPA I've ever had has. My wife, who tastes every beer I give her, usually makes a "scrunchy" face over the bitterness of the DIPAs I give her to try. This one, even she said is really good. This is a phenomenal beer. If I ever get a chance to buy multiple bottles of this, I wouldn't hesitate for a second, no matter how much it costs, to buy as many bottles of this as I could.

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Photo of richardflyr
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of justin_nj
4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date 5/9/13

A: Poured a beautifully clear golden orange color with a nice head that didn't stick around for too long, but left a nice film of bubbles along the sides of the glass and good lacing.

S: Tropical fruits, earthy hops, and bready malt come through. It smells wonderful.

T: Very easy drinking for a DIPA. Very crisp and refreshing. The hops hit you at first but don't overpower. This thing is packed full of flavor. For 8% ABV the alcohol is not noticeable even though the beer itself isn't as sweet as I thought it would be.

M: Full bodied and nice carbonation. It has a crisp bitterness that hits you when you take a sip but doesn't stick around too long and is not harsh at all. Dry finish. I could sip on this for days.

O: One of the easiest drinking DIPAs I've had. It's nothing out of the ordinary but just a finely crafted beer. Not the hop bomb I thought it would be, but it's so well balanced and the malt adds a great layer of flavor to the beer. I'd love to be able to get this on a regular basis but being from Jersey it's tough to come by.

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Photo of smithj2154
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Reddawg55
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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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mwz5021
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of themunjoy
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of jokemon
3.5/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Fizerfury21
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Ant4711
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Rob_pbr81
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a great beer! A lot softer in that hop taste than I originally thought. This beer is so smooth and drinkable it ridiculous. I give this a lampshade hat rating of 8.5 out of ten. A few of these will def. catch up with you. Cheers to Russian River, excellent beer!

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Photo of beerinNV
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery. Born 5/27/13. This beauty is nine days old.

A: Glowing goldish orangeish = great color. Average head, excellent lacing.

S: Mango, grapefruit, some pineapple. Smells like a citrus bomb. It's heavenly.

T: Very little sweetness for a DIPA. Instead of the juicy citrus flavors separating into distinct particulars, they merge beautifully (mixed with a hint of resiny pine). Ends on a pleasingly bitter note. Delicious and refined.

M: Relatively dry, especially for a DIPA. Very soft and oily. Generously carbonated.

O: It's kind of a gulper. Pliny is a little like Weihenstephaner's hefe. It's not about extremity; it's about flawlessness.

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Photo of coolandy007
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Rosanne
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth. Enjoyed the aroma and taste.
Shared a taster with another person. Then we shared a pint. Then we took home a growler to share. All yummy.
I do like IPAs.
I rate to taste, not to style.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,424 ratings.
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