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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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Ratings: 14,629 |  Reviews: 3,714
Photo of lsummers
4.18/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a straw yellow orange with a nice frothy white two finger head that leaves a touch of lacing. Head dissipates to a nice skim of froth and carbonation.

Smell hits first with that piney grapefruit and pineapple fruit notes. There's an herbal hedgerow character to it. A sweet buscuity note somehow slips through. It's mostly pine/herbal/grapefruit/pineapple.

Taste is straight up piney, peppery tropical fruit hops with that sweet sticky resinous quality. The back end seems to be a bit of caramel and biscuit. Pleasant the entire way through. Almost an orange quality also lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky but the carbonation is moderate so that makes it feel lighter on the tongue. Resinous, but still drinkable and seems to be a nice balanced feel for 8%.

Overall, this beer is great. It is a bit of a legend but I don't think it's ultimately the end all be all of the DIPA's. It's a great beer that I'll have any day, but one worth the trouble of trying to find?

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Photo of akang
4.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's fortunately pretty accessible in California, so I've had it on tap and in bottles numerous times.

A - Light, relatively clear golden color.

S - Inviting mix of fresh hops and citrus.

T - The strong hop profile comes through immediately along with relatively muted hints of the citrus. The finish is dry and slightly bitter, but less so than some other DIPAs (such as Heady Topper). The overall balance in flavors is incredible.

M - Well-carbonated and easy to keep drinking.

O - After having this multiple times, I completely understand why this beer has been the gold standard for DIPAs. There are bold hops flavors but the emphasis on balance is awesome.

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Photo of IPAyForHops
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Fish
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of PuzzlesBrewery
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cgentzkow
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of meb3476
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of HansumFilly
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of scotv
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of jdobe13
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BuckKY
4.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I am filling this out from memory.
So, forgive me. But this beer isn't that memorable.
This beer had an excellent full but light mouth feel. A great medium bodied beer.
The color was on the lighter side of red-gold. More gold really.
It had aged a bit and this could be why it wasn't as memorable. The florals had dropped a bit but there faint echoes of it.
I consider this a great beer. But, personally, not my favorite.

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4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Hefewiseman
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ewhugh
4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of MadCat
4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: A nice clear amber-ish gold, with a good white head that leave nice lacing

Smell: Fragrant pine and floral hops, with some light malts

Taste: Piney, floral, and the right amount of bitterness. At only 15 days old, I can taste why this is best fresh. You also get some biscuit and fruit in there. Very complex. Semi-dry finish. No hints at the 8% abv. It would be easy to go for another if circumstances permitted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A world class beer, but for me, not worth the difficulty to obtain. I can get plenty of satisfying DIPAs for much less effort, that are almost as good.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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

This was a great tasting smooth beer with well defined hops and a terrific aroma of honey, citrus, and grapefruit. I tried it at DLD 2013 from a generous pour while waiting in line. The beer was well carbonated and a great refreshing summer beer with hops that don't linger longer than necessary.

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Photo of da_beers
4.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Finally got the elusive Pliny! (I'm on the East Coast) Trading is the only way to do it out here. Traded 3 Heady Toppers for 2 Plinys... I think its equitable and I was very happy with it.

A - Very light straw color, beautiful light golden color. Good two fingers of head and good lacing. I was told that the color is quite deceptive, which it very much is.

S - Light citrus and flowery notes. Earth tones come through bigtime here, as well as the hops. Quite piney, just a great outdoorsy auroma.

T - Sweet, but not too sweet. Extremely nice balance of hops and citrus, both making themselves very present, yet not over the top (although there my not be such a thing!). I get a little grapefruit coming through, it is so very refreshing and crisp, the earthiness is present here too.

M - So smooth on the palate its ridiculous. A buttery smoothness that ends with a lingering resiny aftertaste.

O - Leaves me wishing I could sit down and drink it on tap all night. The shame is that I have to savor every drop, and think about every sip, would love to be able to just have a few pints while watching some sports at the bar. Overall excellent beer that lived up to all of the hype.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,629 ratings
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