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Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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4.65/5
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14,627 Ratings
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16
Reviews:
3,714
Ratings:
14,627
pDev:
7.74%
Bros Score:
4.68
 
 
Wants:
7,376
Gots:
4,411
Trade:
103
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saw this beer was being sold at a local liquor store and wanted to taste the hype all over the Internet. The pour was an impressive clear amber. Smell was a strong ipa scent on the nose with some piny notes. Taste. Eh. The hype killed this beer for me. Good ipa. Not great.

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Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 510 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/27/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, pineapple, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, pineapple, grass, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, honey, light caramel, floral, grass, pine, bread, and floral earthiness. Awesome balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, sticky, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! Great hop flavor complexity and moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering; but certainly not near the hype it gets.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Stone IPA glass from a bottle dated 5/21/14.

A - A slow pour reveals a light golden, translucent hue with a minimum amount of head. The remains as a crown around the glass and leaves a sticky lacing on the sides. There is a slow effervescence rising to the surface.

S - Of all the aromas you can pick from an ipa, this one tries to capture all of them. An exorbitant amount of citrus in the likes of grapefruit, mangoes, lemon zest, oranges, and stone fruit. Fresh pine can be found like I just pulled the needles off of a pine branch and smelled my hand. A light malt character plays in the background of the nose.

T - Here's everyone's favorite part! I've had this a half a dozen times, but this is my first time jotting down notes. This beer encompasses all of the aromas I listed above, but in flavors. The most dominant of them being the grapefruit and pine. there are so many citrus flavors going on that I find it difficult to differentiate between all of them.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,627 ratings
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