Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,371 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic IPA poured from the bottle into a tulip stem glass. I was fortunate enough to have this in the same night as the Heady Topper and Harpoon Leviathan IPA.

Smell: The nose has a great floral aroma with a citrus background

Apperance: remarkably clean with a golden amber tint. You can see straight through to the floor when drinking from a glass.

Taste: The first thing that hits you is the great hop taste with the citrus not to far behind as the smell had hinted at when you first open the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp leaving the consumer wanting more long after the bottle has been drained.

Overal this is a fantastic IPA that anyone would be forunate enough to recieve and savor. However, i do believe i have to give Heady Topper the nod in my personal tasting.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled on 27 December 2012, tasted/reviewed on 12 January 2013. Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Crystal-clear honey golden color. Fluffy white head that drops pretty quickly, leaving a nice trail of clingy lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

S- OH. MY. GOD. This smells pretty much like burying your face in a bag full of hops. Sharp citrus zest, big and bold. Also lots of pine. The hops are really strong in this beer (I guess that kinda goes without saying, but it needs to be said). Overall, big grapefruit zest, a little mango, and some strong pine.

T- Surprisingly balanced. There is an initial malty sweetness that meets up with some wonderful fruity hop notes to make a flavor resonate of fresh buttered biscuits with orange marmalade. At the back of the palate there sits a solid bitterness that transitions from the orange marmalade notes to flavors of bitting into a fresh grapefruit. The lingering bitterness is complimented by a slight warming hint of booze, leaving the flavors to linger on the drinkers tongue for a long, long time.

M- Carbonation is great. Nice smooth mouthfeel. The body is thin enough to not distract, but thin enough to let the flavors come through.

O- Probably the perfect IPA. This beer is everything an IPA should be. Super hoppy, but clearly not made without regard for the malt characteristics of the beer. The malt bill is made to support the hops fully, and the balance is perfect. If I had to have one more beer before I died, fresh Pliny the Elder would be my choice without doubt. Best beer I have ever had.

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4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer for the first time on tap at the Tornado gastropub in North Park, San Diego.

It may be the perfect IPA. Citrus-fruity-sweetness helps balance Russian River's most popular hoppy IPA. I don't have it in front of me right now so I won't try to be too specific but I will say this beer lived up to the ridiculously high expectations created by hop-heads everywhere.

I do remember there was a poor head when the pretty young girl at the bar handed me my pint glass... so that is really the only flaw.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had this beer bottled and on tap. Not much of a difference.

A. Clear gold with thick white head.

S. has a strong piney smell, let's you know what your in for.

T. Great flavor for an IPA not too bitter.

Enjoy a sip at a time, do not burry the hatchet. Beer is best drank as soon as possible not aged.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a freshly wetted pint glass. Thick white head, which slowly dissipated. Color is dark straw.

Fresh cut grass, wet forest, resinous pine, juniper

Hop assault, heavy on Simcoe. Nicely balanced light malt background, which melodiously blends with the tapering bitter aftertaste of the hops. No alcohol burn.

Awesome IPA - not too hard hitting on any one front, but does everything well. Heady Topper has a better aroma, IMO, but this is quite good.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,371 ratings.
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