Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

14,484 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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Photo of djjacobsen
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh Pliny...the benchmark of all IPAs. It is fresh, it is piney, it is bitter, it is well, worth it! Some say its over-hyped, some say its the best beer in the world. I say it is the best rounded out IPA you could ask for.
Its extremely drinkable. It has a great bitter component. It finishes great on the palate. Fruity, floral, earthy and piney tones all round out a great nose and taste. Super balanced. its never too much and never, not enough. I think the hype was over done, but I do think that it is a world class brew. Drink it sooner than later.

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Photo of robertrunner
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Chalkhead
3.75/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The easier to find, gentler Pliny. Great taste, STRONG like bull, awesome finish. The best way to enjoy it is AT Russian river on a hot day, followed by a dip in the waters... Plus, the guys at the brewery are awesome. If they have any of the younger, don't let it pass you by

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Photo of mscudder
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of defenestrate
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bbpro47
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ahwahoo2006
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Beerswag
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jbuddle
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh in trade from IBrew2or3. Thanks! Bottled 12/27/12, drank 1/11/13. Decided to make this my 50th DIPA tried. Pours a nice golden color with one finger head. Aroma comes off this thing like heaven. Floral pine notes abound, with a zesty citrus on the nose. Thr flavor is a piney orange bite with a lot more body than I had expected. Citrus aftertaste balanced nicely with the malt backbone that still highlights that great hop flavor. Medium resiny mouthfeel. Very smooth. Hop candy for sure. Highly rated for good reason. I think there are a couple I like better in the style, but this is awesome.

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Photo of thedirtystayout
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jderosia603
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of sfr26
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Hamburgers
4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 day old bottle. Pours clear copper with a finger of off-white head. Aroma is piney with notes of tropical fruit and a touch of funk. Flavor is big on pine, grapefruit and funk. Extremely refreshing while still being big on maltiness. Medium body, light carbonation and a dry finish.

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Photo of Davit
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Spartacus303
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Chadhowie
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got a chance at a bottle of this while at Martin's Gastropub in Palo Alto. They only had 14 bottles left and I hadn't tried it yet, so I snagged one. Right off the bat, I loved it. One of the best beers I'd had. This class of beers is currently my favorite class and this beer sits at the top of the class.

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Photo of Misajet90
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of eyemustard
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Beergelden
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dipaguy
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of elcrawl
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Drtfinelli
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Oakenator
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden yellow with a decent head. Complex lacing left on the glass but head disappeared to a rim. Smells of piney hops. Taste is big piney hops, but somehow also balanced and not over the top. Citrus undertone may help to smooth the hops. Caramel sweetness up front turns to an excellent bitter bite on the back.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,484 ratings.
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