Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder
14,560 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Ratings: 14,560 |  Reviews: 3,706
Photo of derekrick420
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough a couple weeks ago to try this for the first time along with several other world class beers at the same sitting (2010 kbs for instance), and it delivered the goods.

The aroma was sublime.

The taste was flat out delicious

This experience was so good that it makes me sad that I will be moving from Philly.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

510ml bottle into a tulip. bottled on 7/22/13 consumed on 8/1/13

Pours a crisp, rich golden color with a nice inch and a half lingering white head with superb lacing. Hard to imagine a better looking IPA. Smell is BIG on fruity hops, but not an overwhelming hop bomb. Its extremely pleasant. Taste is so smooth. Tad of bitterness at first just so you know youre drinking an IPA, followed by an explosion of hoppy flavor. Pineapple and pine are the dominating flavors. Great smoothness and malt presence here too. Perfectly balanced. This is criminally easy to drink. Crazy that this is 8% because its something you would never get tired of drinking. Goes down so easy with no lingering bitterness whatsoever. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall its probably my favorite IPA. I just love the balance and i return to this again and again. Not overly sweet like some, not overly bitter like most, just right. With a great dry finish too. Perfect. Even though i live on the other side of the country, ive had this IPA more than a dozen different times. I just cant get enough of it and will never tire of it.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -14%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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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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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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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%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 Ml poured into a tulip
Bottled on 2-11-13 (10 days old)

A- Pours crystal clear gold with orange hues. A two finger of a billowy white head. Some noticeable alcohol legs and impressive head retention.

S- A lot of peach, apricot, mango, a bit of caramelized fruit. A breddy and sweet malt backbone. An IPA that isn't overrun by hops, and extremely balanced.

T- A moderate bitterness and a perfect balance with the sweet malts up front. This beer takes over with the hop flavors. A lot of pineapple, mango, apricot. There is also a slight pine and onion like character to it. The hop flavors remind me more of hopslam than your typical California IPA. The malts are very well implemented. There is a slight caramel and a bit of a crystal grain to it. An incredible balance to this beer.

M- A full body to this beer and unparalleled drinkability. A perfect bitter sweet balance Excellent carbonation.

O- Finally got my hands on this legendary brew! It's great. Not as hop forward as I was expecting but still very very hoppy considering its malt presence. Masterfully made and incredibly well balanced. This beer is worthy of it's lore and legacy.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of jhutch31
4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is awesome! Stopped off on my way back from the bay to try out a pint. From the aroma, to the appearance and the flavor, this IPA has it all! I must admit, I was prepared to be a little dissappointed based upon all the hype that surrounds this beer, but it rose to the challenge. Again, the only downside I see to this beer is the fact that you can't get it easier if you aren't in the Sonoma/Surrounding bay area. Definately a favorite.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,560 ratings
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