Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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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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The East Coast hop junkies, particularly those of us in Vermont, have been spoiled to Heady Topper,Lawson's Double Sunshine (among other splendid DIPAs),and Hill Farmstead varieties. The legend of Pliny The Elder was one that intrigued me, and thanks to my buddy & hop mentor, I was lucky enough to sample this nectar.

The pour and appearance are pretty standard, but there is a discord between the appearance and aroma: how could this clear as a bell DIPA have such an inviting nose? The aroma made my mouth water with a truly subtle bouquet of the sweetest tropical fruits you can think of.

The mouthfeel is light to medium, carbonation perfect, and the aftertaste is marvelously fruity (apricot,peach,pineapple,not your standard grapefruit blast). The drinkability of this beer is off the charts, particularly for a DIPA.

Pliny The Elder is completely worthy of the legendary status it receives, and has a drinkability factor that surpasses the mighty Heady Topper for my tastes. This DIPA is a masterpiece, one that has only been matched thus far by Lawson's Double Sunshine. Excellent work by Russian River Brewing.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,787 ratings