Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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

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

Clear orange glow with tightly laced white head. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose. Lots of tropical fruit on the palate too, mangos and pineapples. Enough malt to balance the hops along with a nice building bitterness that grows with each sip. Lot milder then expected but great flavors, not overbearing, and extremely drinkable. One of the few beers to live up to its reputation but still not my favorite DIPA.

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3.2/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

This was my second DIPA (had Lagunitas Maximus in bottle the prior day). Was out in the Bay Area so drove up to Santa Rosa to try it right at the source - the Russian River Brewpub. Had a pint at the bar before dinner. It was definitely unique but not something I would seek out for future drinking. For me it finished too bitter and like the other DIPA I had (Lagunitas Maximus) had a hint of something rank on hitting the tongue. Comparing the two it was definitely preferable to the Lagunitas with more interesting flavor components and a smoother mouthfeel. I ended up getting a sampler of all 15 beers they had on tap after this pint, and ended up preferring several of their other beers (Perdition, OVL Stout, almost everything except the sour ales). Obviously YMMV and if you like DIPAs I can only assume you'll love this. Thinking about my preferences, I'd take a good Bock/Eisbock/Barleywine in the cooler months and a tasty Hefeweizen/Lager in the warmer months over Pliny any day. I'd still be up for trying a pint of Younger if I am around here in February just to make sure this tasting wasn't a fluke.

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4.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is truly an American treasure. Had heard about this one but was unprepared to try it.

While visiting SF I spied a bottle of this and was incredulous that it could be so cheap - a 22oz or so for about $5. I happily brought it back to the hotel and poured.

Appearance: silky white head that stays on and on. amber-gold brew with tiny bubbles.

Smell: This is just something else. It evokes a pine forest, mountain air and clear water at once. Really invogorating scent.

Taste: Another big wow. Every other double-IPA seems either too sweet or awfully bitter by comparison (except maybe for Capt. Lawrence's) after trying this beer. It's the perfect example of the style if I ever tasted one.

Mouthfeel: I don't think I could drink too many of these, but I'd have a wonderful time trying. This is a pretty clean brew but that much booze leaves a little stickiness.

Overall: If you have any interest in the style, or beer in general, this is an absolute must-try. If only I could get this stuff in NYC.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

10oz. pour into a Duvel Tulip at Hawthorne's Cafe in Philadelphia.

A: Very similar to Russian River's Blind Pig; translucent amber with no tonal colorization. Thin, spotty head; white in color (similar to a world-class barleywine). Slight lace is imminent. Head disapates to spottiness quickly.

S: Fresh, wet hop sweetness. General citrus.

T: Very well balanced with honey undertones. Not overbearing at all. Great naval orange undertones with no bite or grapefruit dryness. Malt background balances slight bitterness to perfection without substantially altering the thin mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

M: Thin and less carbonation than I'd expected, but more to my liking and perfect to style.

OVERALL: Elder is as advertised, but too dry and resinous for my palate.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,834 ratings