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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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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a bright and transparent gold with a huge white head thats slight rocky. Decent lacing. Looks great.
S: notes of pine and citrus jump out immediately. As it warms, notes of pineapple and other fruit make themselves known. Nice and complex. Very fresh.
T: starts out surprisingly sweet, a nod to the malts that do a great job providing balance. The pineapple and fruit notes come forward soon after. Nice transition. Toward the back is where the pines and hops come through. However, its not overbearing. The perfect amount, I'd say.
M: medium to high carbonation with a body sharing similar characteristics. Unexpectedly and impressively creamy. There's a smooth and bitter finish, but one that begs for another taste.
O: what I really enjoy about this beer is pronounced flavor profile and incredible balance. The 8% ABV is well hidden and the brew is quite quaffable. It was worth the wait and very happy to have found it. Lived up to the hype.

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came across this at Perry's in Livermore, CA while out west on a business trip.

Nice beer. Pleasant aroma, but far more Simcoe character than I expected. Also, drier than expected. And easier to drink than expected too.

I think I prefer more fruity, flowery aromatic hops but this is great for what it is. I would buy it again. Hoping to try it on tap next time.

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4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

510ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to SanFranJake for this opportunity!!

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1 1/2 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Pine and citrus hop aromas. I also think it smells like some really good weed.

T: Grassy, piney, and citrus flavors along with a slight bready malt backbone. Nice and bitter. Hides the alcohol very well.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: After my first sip, I was saying "I don't know if this lives up to all the hype." But after drinking it a little more I think it does. It's extremely easy to drink, especially for an 8% ABV beer. It has an enormous amount of hops, but it also has some malts there to balance them somewhat. I wouldn't say it's a perfect IPA, but it's pretty close. I'll gladly drink one anytime I can get my hands on one.

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4/5  rDev -14%

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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA approximately 2 weeks ago (which is the only way to get it in Pennsylvania). Have also had it two other times from bottle.

Nothing else to add except that this is the perfect beer, and the standard by which all IPAs should be judged.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,628 ratings
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