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

500 Ml poured into a tulip
Bottled on 2-11-13 (10 days old)

A- Pours crystal clear gold with orange hues. A two finger of a billowy white head. Some noticeable alcohol legs and impressive head retention.

S- A lot of peach, apricot, mango, a bit of caramelized fruit. A breddy and sweet malt backbone. An IPA that isn't overrun by hops, and extremely balanced.

T- A moderate bitterness and a perfect balance with the sweet malts up front. This beer takes over with the hop flavors. A lot of pineapple, mango, apricot. There is also a slight pine and onion like character to it. The hop flavors remind me more of hopslam than your typical California IPA. The malts are very well implemented. There is a slight caramel and a bit of a crystal grain to it. An incredible balance to this beer.

M- A full body to this beer and unparalleled drinkability. A perfect bitter sweet balance Excellent carbonation.

O- Finally got my hands on this legendary brew! It's great. Not as hop forward as I was expecting but still very very hoppy considering its malt presence. Masterfully made and incredibly well balanced. This beer is worthy of it's lore and legacy.

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This beer is awesome! Stopped off on my way back from the bay to try out a pint. From the aroma, to the appearance and the flavor, this IPA has it all! I must admit, I was prepared to be a little dissappointed based upon all the hype that surrounds this beer, but it rose to the challenge. Again, the only downside I see to this beer is the fact that you can't get it easier if you aren't in the Sonoma/Surrounding bay area. Definately a favorite.

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Tasted on January 12, 2013:

A: Pours a copper color and retains a pretty foamy head for about 2 and a half minutes.

S: Smells of pine and citrus. Also, a strong malt smell to it.

T: Very hoppy up front, not overly hoppy though, more of a medium hoppy. Not very bitter in the end, rather smooth. Slightly malty in the aftertaste.

M: Not much of a aftertaste. Feel slight notes of maltiness.

O: Not a bad beer, but I don't really see what the big deal about it is. I'd rather have a Hoptimum to be honest. The only thing I truly enjoyed was the aftertaste.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,780 ratings