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: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

hop blast at first that covers entire palate and tongue

nice clean light amber/copper color; very clear

gives off a white abundant head that laces nicely later

perfect balance, clean, crisp and pure not overly malty; hop dominated

grapefruit dominates later more tropicals come out: orange, papaya, kiwi

very little alcohol noticed in taste (not effect) difficult to pace yourself

as warms the tropicals get even more fragrant; ends with a piney resin feel

don't waste the goodness having it with a meal...needs to be savored

should be the goal of all brewers to come up with double ipas like this one, but to make it is expensive with all the hops needed. Good value; paid $6 for a pint. They give you the bottling date on the bottle...mine was 1/29; tasted today 2/16. Vinny says don't put it away to age or the hops will fade.

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

To date one of the top beers that I've drank. Clarity on the beer is ridiculous, and has a great orange amber hue. Aroma to me is floral. Taste is awesome, everything a double IPA should be, bitter, piney and aggressive. What makes this beer different for me is the smoothness as well and after a lot of hops it has a very smooth and clean finish with some lingering bitterness. Overall an incredible beer that I wish was more accessible and not so difficult to get. Got a few brought back from cali from a co-worker on a business trip. Had a another friend out that way this weekend and he was having difficulty finding it. This beer gives you a great excuse to take a trip out to the bay area.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Major thanks to lymph for throwing this in as an extra. Bottled on 1/29/2013 Enjoyed on 2/15/2013

A: Crystal clear copper-orange . Pours a half finger off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving a small presence of a head. Decent lacing left behind with good retention. This is a gorgeous looking beer and I was surprised how clear it is.

S: Mostly orange notes at first with slight grapefruit and pine. Some presence of alcohol. As it warms the grapefruit and pine take over making the beer smell even better. Not as potent as other DIPAs but still a great smelling beer.

M: Medium bodied all around. Surprised how heavy it felt resting on my palate but has perfect carbonation.

T: My favorite part of the beer. Mostly grapefruit up front with some pine in the finish. The warmer the beer gets the more the pine comes out and stays with you until the next sip. Picked up a small amount of pineapple just before finishing the glass making this beer really enjoyable over a period of time. The grapefruit and pine blend perfectly together especially with time.

D: Dangerously easy to drink considering how bitter the beer actually is. Absolutely no presence of alcohol. Leaves a dry finish which is exactly what I was expecting. Left my mouth a bit dry after the glass was empty. This is a very balanced beer. I had to pace myself so I could enjoy it over time.

O: There is a reason for the hype and the Elder definitely delivers. I enjoyed every aspect of this beer. The taste has the perfect balance of citrus fruits, pine, and bitterness. I cannot get over how much grapefruit was in the beer. It looks gorgeous and smells even better. If you haven’t had this beer yet, seek it out! You won’t be disappointed.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,725 ratings