Pliny The Elder | Russian River Brewing Company

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Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
14,494
Reviews:
3,699
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
7,320
Gots:
4,329
For Trade:
106
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Ratings: 14,494 |  Reviews: 3,699
Photo of DMan80
4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got 2 try some Pliny's : not easy to find on the East Coast but worth the legwork to seek this one out.

I drink IPAs straight out of the bottle so Im assuming the head and color were fine. Sorry if that gets your panties in a bunch.

The smell is subdued aromatics with tones of grapefruit and evergreen. I was expecting a more pungent whiff of hops effervescing from the lip, but subtlety works well

The taste is just what an IPA should be: crisp, hoppy bold citrus flavor with notes of pine and grapefruit. A little edge without too much bite

It goes down well balanced without a spicy kick or unevenly bitter aftertaste. The brew leaves a budding floral aroma and almost a subtle hint of toasted pine and pistachio nuts

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Photo of TboneRN
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mjh237
4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of cjf714
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CajunRanger
4.99/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mwcullnane
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NicDacey
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thesidewayz01
4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerBadBoy
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of FernandoV
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EliRix
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoseRamirez1
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Austin32
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of those beers that truely lives up to the hype. I cannot think of another American Double Imperial IPA that has a crisper more satisfying and full bodied taste than PTE.

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Photo of saliro5
4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of damiena
4.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Such a great beer, it really is one of the best and if you never had a DIPA before this is probably the best one to start with.

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Photo of dcall384
4.99/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jordanpaterson08
4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DruB22
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of E1337JERK
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it on bottle once had it on tap yesterday with my youngers it was all awsome.the fact i. An get this in town 8 or nine times a year makes it my fav. Even more then yonger.

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Photo of BigBuddy89
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Malefactor
4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eziel
4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of miggy_smalls
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fingerflinger
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
4.6 out of 5 based on 14,494 ratings.
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