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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4.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle on Nov 26

Bottled on Nov 15

A: Nice clear golden color with a medium white head

S: Pine, citrus, tropical fruits and sweet malt

T: Balance is the major characteristic of this beer. Taste is similar to the smell. Citrus and pine dominate with a very subtle sweetness from the malt way in the background. So much hop flavor without being even slightly overly bitter. So very well balanced and such little alcohol taste.

M: Crisp, nice carb. So very drinkable.

O: At one point this was without a doubt the best beer I've ever had. I have encountered better beers (and better IPAs) since then but this beer will always remain legendary to me. Unfortunately, I've noticed a bit of variation in Pliny over the last 6 months or so but this particular 11 day old bottle was phenomenal.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful and perfectly clear light straw beer. Overly carbonated like a glass of champagne. Thick full light head that fades but leaves sticky foam rings with each drink.

Smell: Light floral aroma.

Taste: Floral and citrusy. Lemon and orange peel. Nice full flavored without the overpowering hop flavor that usually just fills you up. Tastes like a fresh hop beer.

Mouthfeel: Light and thin. Sharp on the tongue and very clean.

Overall: Great beer! I would probably keep this in my fridge all the time if it weren't so damn hard to come buy. It's an extremely refined IPA. Would be a great summer IPA because it's not so heavy; it goes down easier than most IPAs. Just the right amount of hopiness covers up all alcohol flavor without being overpowering.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle served in a snifter.

a-golden pee color with a decent head and lacing, clear, which is usually not a sign of what a like in a good IPA
s-smell of fresh pine, generic citrus, cat pee, and marijuana
t-not at all blown away here, taste is muted for a DIPA, more pine.
m-not as sticky as say Abner or Heady, decent carb
o-not impressed, yes I could drink this every day without problem, but nowhere near a top contender among others like Abner, Double Sunshine, Heady, Sculpin, and Nelson. I'm happy to receive it as an extra but wouldn't trade just for it, meh.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a new beer for me, as Pliny has been plentiful these last few months in Colorado (both on tap and in bottles), but I hadn't written about it yet, so, for the sake of adding to the list, here ya go:

Pours a light gold, with thick creamy head (great retention), minimal lacing. Reeks of grapefruit and pine. Pure hoppiness (pun not intended). Tastes beautiful, no hints of anything. Full on flavor of hops, citrus, dryness. Light and refreshing, but substantial and satisfying at the same time. Great for all seasons, a rare quality. Mouthfeel - you will remember you just had an DIPA.

Get one.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,724 ratings