Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,380 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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3.5/5  rDev -23.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fabulous beer. Drove from Spokane to Seattle to try it and well worth the drive. Managed to bring one home with us. It's too bad they're no longer selling in Washington State. But I'm willing to drive to Oregon to try it again. Well done Russian River.

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4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from brown bottle with fresh date of 12/27/12 into tulip glass.
Had a friend from SD bring up two bottles of this for me and I sure am happy he did.

A...pours clear, honey yellow with a white fluffy head. Lots of vey sticky lacing down glass.

S...wish I could rate the smell higher than a 5. Lots of floral smell at first, like a bouquet of fresh flowers. Then there is wonderful pine resin scent in here. I just want to push my nose right into this brew it smells incredible.! I didn't think this could live up to the hype but it does. Hop head paradise. Every bit of that great nose is in the taste and then some. Lots of hops right up front that have a punch in the mouth bitterness without the over done malts like a lot of DIPAs. It gets a peppery tingle in your mouth before letting into an earhty pine flavor and finishes quick and crisp.

M...perfectly done. Carbo is just right and gives it a light mouthfeel even with such a full taste.

O...this is right on the money. It is hard to be better than this. I thaught I would be let down after finally tracking down this exceptionally rated brew but, I was not. Every bit as great as I would have hoped. I love this beer and can't wait for my next chance to drink it.

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4/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversided wine glass.
It pours a deep golden orange and has a finger height head. The head quickly becomes lace and then is gone.
As you inhale there is a smells of pine, pineapple, and assorted citrus. The smell alone is wonderful. It definitely helps build as you wait to finally take a sip of this beer.
There is a strong hop taste. It is not overpowering but there in your face none- the- less. In the background you get some of the taste from the citrus you just finished smelling.
There is medium carbonation and it feels crisp and light on your tongue. It goes down quite smoothly.
This is a fantastic beer, and worth trying at least once.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,380 ratings.
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