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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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will this live up to the massive hype?!

This pours out a perfectly clear golden/orange with about 1 finger of white head.

The aroma has citrus notes, piney and slightly grassy hop aromas along with some subtle tropical fruit aroma.

The taste is hop forward with a nice amount of orange peel, grapefruit, pine, pineapple and mango. There is some bready malt that balances out the hop flavors and brings an overall balance.

The body is light and mouthfeel is slightly creamy. There isn't much bitterness, but finishes very clean and smooth. The 8% is nowhere in this beer; not in the taste or smell or as it goes down.

This is a very solid and extremely tasty Imperial IPA, but the best in the world? Nope. I really, really enjoyed this one, but would have preferred more bitterness and a more aggressive hop profile. That being said, a great beer and worth trying, but it's nowhere near where the hype places it. Of course, all palates are different.

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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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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.69/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.76/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A HUGE thank you goes out to my friends at Pinnochio's for hooking me up with this mini growler. I swear this place just keeps getting better and better.

A- Pliny the Elder pours a crystal clear light orange. Right away you can tell it is a west coast IPA. It's clean looking, no haze whatsoever, with a nice eggshell white head.

S- Grapefruit citrus is the predominate smell going on here. I get a lot of hop-citrus bursts and very litter malt to speak of.

T- B-E-A-U_tiful! Lemony/ grapefruit citrus hits you right away. There's quite a bit of tart involved which makes the beer extremely lip-smacking. A little bit of pine resonates on the palate but then quickly leaves. The finish is lingering with wonderful hop bitterness.

M- This beer is so bitter but still very smooth, which is quite interesting given the lighter malts involved. Medium bodied through and through. There is some nice bubbly carbonation as well.

O- Overall this beer has lived up to the hype for me. It isn't my favorite west coast IPA but it is definitely up there. It is juicy and delicious. It is a must try for any hops lover.

Serving Type- Growler poured into an IPA glass. Thanks for reading.

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