Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Photo of dspolanco
4.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at Monks Cafe Philadelphia

Appearance-Beautiful copper/ amber color

Smell-When the waiter put Pliny down on the table, I could smell the pineapple, and grapefruit without even putting it to my nose. Big tropical notes, smell is out of this world.

Mouthfeel-Everything you want it to be.

Taste-Big tropical notes just like the smell. It is perfectly balanced, the hops shine in the beginning then the malt comes and engages everything greatly. Towards the end its all tropical fruits again, all pineapple and grapefruit shining on the palate.

Overall-I thought, "No way does this live up to the hype". But boy was I wrong. It's one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of trying. I can finally cross Pliny The Elder off my bucket list!!


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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of 1/10/13, poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, crystal clear orange/amber color with about a finger of dense offwhite head.

Smell: Tons of citrus fruits, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, a nice pineiness as well and a touch of peach. A nice slight bready malt character lurks in the background. Deffnitely a hop bomb here,

Taste: Piney bitterness up front, that turns to sweet citrus fruits in the middle of the mouth, and finally finishes again with a nice burst of bitterness that turns to a bone dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Very nice medium bodied DIPA, that finishes drier than a desert.

Overall: Very good, solid DIPA, truly a world class beer. A bit over rated maybe, but deffinitely a treat to sip on, and must for any hophead to try at least once.

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -14%

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4.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First full review, I figured this was a good beer to start with.
I shared a bottle with the manager of Riverside Liquors in Grand Rapids, MI.

A: nice 1 finger off white head, holds for a while than fades, but leaves some great lacing. The beer is slightly dark orange in color. The cup used could have been better.

S: A great balance of citrus, pine, and a slight bread / malt presence. Very floral and amazing just too just smell

T: Citrus and pine from the hops right away coats the tongue and leaves a lingering bitter-sweetness. Not to drying, but it makes its bitter presence known, some light malt comes through. Smooth body with a hoppy, piney or (peppery?) after-taste. Nice carbonation.

O: Worth the hype, so glad I was given the opportunity to try this beer! It met my expectations yet it was a very modest beer that just hit all the right marks. True to form, well balanced, and just a great drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of visiting RR brewery last month and Pliney did not disappoint! Just an all around great beer. Lovely huge piney scent when poured from the bottle, Excellent two finger head with great lacing, Light light golden color with huge points for clarity, and the taste...oh the taste! Super hop forward with tons of spice with a long bitter, but mellow finish. Seems like drinking hop nectar. This beer is certainly tops for West coast IPA's and really has forced me to rediscover the whole style. I'd drink this when and where ever i can find it!

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Great story of my friend, Brian, at the Reef Restaurant in DC. He is a beer nut who has travelled and brings in the best possible tap beers to his place in the Adams Morgan Area.of DC.

Brought several bottles of Pliny the Elder and Row 2 Hill 56 growler. He treated them with the utmost respect (buried in Ice and chilled glasses).

He has his seriously snobby beer friends around the bar and pours each of them a taste. It was so funny to hear the gasps like they were having an kidding. They proclaimed that this was the best beer ever in that bar. He carries some serious Belgium Ales and microbrews on tap from around the world. It was unanimous. Blown away with the Row 2 Hill 56. They identified the unusual hop taste. I told them about the Simcoe Hop only grown in Wakima Washington by 4 families. These guys certainly know their beer.

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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