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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3.15/5  rDev -32.3%
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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2/5  rDev -57%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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Photo of fatmusic14
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not going to do my usual review style for this because it has been reviewed to death already. However, I feel the need to document my experience in some fashion.

Pours a clear golden color with an inch or so of head, decent retention, a little lacing. What is REALLY AMAZING about this beer is the aroma; never have I smelled such a delicious scent; pure grapefruit hoppy deliciousness. Taste is of course great, perhaps not as good as other DIPAs that I've had (Heady Topper and Dreadnaught come to mind) but nonetheless, very, very good.

I would think no BAs who happen across this beer will think, "Eh, it's too hyped I won't try it" but, should you come across it without having tried it, BUY IT. The smell alone is worth the money. I've sought it out for over a year now and finally getting my hands (tongue?) on it is most satisfying. Lives up to the hype.

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4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

41 days after bottling. Poured into a SN flared glass.

Clear, golden, straw color with a creamy, long lasting, off-white head that left a great lace. Tons of bubbles.

Smells like earth, grass, pine, and a bag of "herbs".

Taste is sweet, nutty malts balanced by piney hops and tropical fruits. No alcohol flavor with just a touch of mint in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel is smooth and velvety. Creamy and prickly carbonation with a medium body. Slightly wet finish with just a bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a great beer. Worth the hype.

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4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an orangey apricot color, maybe peach. Not clear, not cloudy, something in between. The head is a finger thick and fleeting, mostly white. When all is said and done, it's a peach colored drink with a white ring around the top edge with a splash of lace.

OMG what a smell. It's like you're walking into a citrus forest, mostly pineapple, with an occasional pine tree mixed in. Just enough biscuity smell to give the citrus something to stand on.

The taste matches the smell. It's all citrus with a bit of pine. Oily resiny pine, all kinds of citrus flavors, with a bready taste. As you'd guess, the hops stay with you well into swallow.

It's sweet from the citrusy hops, then a bit acidic as the beer moves its way back. Once it hits the back of your tongue, it's all oily bitter. The hops coat and stick to your tongue just so you can enjoy the finish even longer. Extremely smooth for a DIPA.

Overall, it's everything everyone has ever said about it. It's the easiest DIPA I've ever had. Despite being what it is, it's very smooth and really is without fault.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 14,784 ratings