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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times in the bottle and on tap over the's considered a standard for the double IPA category.
On tap at Cheeky Monk...ours a yellow gold with small head.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Aromas and taste of pine resin, white grapefruit, flowery hops, modest alcohol, black pepper, straw, grapefruit rind. All and all a very flavorful and satisfying brew

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

Made it Russian River on 1-30-13, 2 days before Younger was released, the most well balanced beer I've had, it was so dank on tap, I'm in love with it and have some being shipped to me now...thank god for friends that love beer as much as I do...trying to see if I can get to Philly to try younger...

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best beer have ever had.

A: Golden color. Head pours as heavy as the user wishes.

S: Incredible hop smell to start. No secrets about this beers intentions

T: Hops explode from start to finish. Incredibly balanced considering the overwhelming hop flavors; certainly no malt character to hang your hat on, but there's just enough to keep the hops from completely overtaking all senses.

M: Perfect texture- unrivaled by any beer I've ever had.

O: Hard to beat- incredibly balanced for a beer that offers such a hop experience.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 2/19/13, bought from Fred at Beverages 4 Less. Big thanks Freddy. You're the man.

A: Pours a deep golden yellowish, light orange color. Completely translucent. 2-3 finger head that begins as a fizzy consistency and quickly turns to silky. Fades into nice ring and laces the glass wonderfully.

S: Hop forward for sure. A little malt character, but it's definitely faint. Slightly bitter. Very fruity - grapefruit rind, mango, and some wofts of what almost comes off as papaya.

T: Follows the nose exactly. Very hoppy, without much malt taste at all. Not overly bitter, but some bitterness that comes off like citrusy grapefruit bitterness. Some citrus sweetness as well.

M: Surprisingly light for the 8% ABV. High carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Extremely drinkable.

O: I am not sure how it could get much better than this one. If it were possible to have a bunch of bottles of this laying around, it could get dangerous. It's amazingly smooth, crisp, and refreshing. I love the hop character without being very malty or bitter. I'm can sometimes be a cynic when it comes to overly hyped beers, but this one lived up to the hype.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,836 ratings