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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4.66/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled two weeks before opening.

A-- Pours crystal clear with a quickly dissipating three fingers of pure white head. Very nice looking beer.

S-- Smells of sweet grapefruit and green apples. The aroma is not overpowering, nice and mellow.

T-- The fresh hops remind me of rock fruit with a mild amount of grapefruit tartness. Although hop forward, the beer is not a hop-bomb. The taste clears off the palette quickly.

M-- The body is very light and not at all cloying. The carbonation is vibrant but not too much and works to clear the palette as mentioned above.

O-- This is a perfect be to pair with a good meal. It is not trying hard to be as good as it is... it just works perfectly. An excellent beer that I wished I had more of!

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

510ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled 01/25/13.

A - Large rocky white head. Flawless clarity to the golden beer. Left a good amount of lacing.

S - Big snap of balanced citrus to pine. Catty. More floral notes as it warms. Mild biscuit malt in the background.

T - Malt comes across with a darker presence than the color would lend me to believe. Hop flavor is more pine here and really dank/resinous. Bitterness is medium to high and is there early and consistent throughout. Finishes bone-dry and leaves a lasting resinous hop flavor.

M - Dry-dry-dry, just above medium body, moderate to light-moderate carbonation.

O - Great aroma and a beautiful appearance. This beer is deceiving in that it drinks like a regular IPA but in actuality is pretty hefty. Great mouthfeel and quite drinkable. I proud to have finally tracked down the king of IPAs.

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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16 oz bomber. Clear light amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, pine, some bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pine, some caramel. Medium-full body, some syrup. Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel. Hops are strong but not overpoweringly bitter. Medium body. I like hoppy beers and this is one of my favorites!

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,723 ratings