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Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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14,599 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 14,599 |  Reviews: 3,710
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 5/16/2013

Ok, I am not one to be OVERLY CRITICAL on IPAs that are over a month old. I believe that beer is beer and if it is stored properly, it can be drunk. that being said, my first experience with Pliny was not the orgasm I thought it was going to be. Don't get me wrong, it was delicious nad extremely balanced, but I could definitely tell that the hops in this had gone south.

After cracking open Maine Beer's MO just a couple hours earlier that was 2 weeks old, I can see now that in terms of hops and West Coast IPAs, freshness is everything and, again, while this was delicious I felt like Pliny was a little old and probably busted his hip. The MO blew it out of the water. The malts in this Pliny were definitely accentuated and the citrusy, tropical hops were not that present. I would love to get this relatively fresh so I can reassess and regrade this Titan of Industry.

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -14%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev -14%

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4.61/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is certainly better on draft, but either way it is exceptional. The bottle was about a month old, and the age was showing already. Slightly degraded hops, but the fact that it still scores this high is a testament to how great the beer is. Only compared to The Younger, which I had prior to having this bottle, does it suffer a bit. If possible, the booziness came through on this one more so than when drinking The Younger. Again, the age did not do it any favors.
All told still a world class beer deserving of its reputation.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,599 ratings
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