Pliny the Elder

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Russian River Brewing Pliny the Elder

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8% ABV
14
1.07 OG
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Pliny the Elder is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops. It is well-balanced with malt, hops, and alcohol, slightly bitter with a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. Best enjoyed FRESH! That is why we make it in such limited supply. Actual bottling date is printed on each bottle!

Where did we come up with this name? Back in the year 2000, our friend, Vic Kralj, who owns the Bistro in Hayward, California, decided to have his first ever Double IPA festival. Vic invited 10 breweries, 6 of whom (including us) had to brew something special for him since we had nothing that would fall under this style category. Vinnie had made a Double IPA at Blind Pig in 1994, but was not brewing one at Russian River Brewing at the time. He had an idea for the recipe, but not a name. After much research in beer books, brainstorming, and deliberation, we came up with "Pliny the Elder". Pliny, the man, lived in the first century- 23 to 79 A.D. According to our brewing references, he and his contemporaries either created the botanical name or at least wrote about Lupus Salictarius, or hops, currently known as Humulus Lupulus. That was a very early reference to an important part of any Double IPA! Pliny the beer has now become one of our flagship brews!

Pliny the Elder was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who wrote about his uncle succumbing to ash and smoke during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. while rescuing people. Cheers to the scholar, historian, officer, writer, and Roman Naturalist- Pliny the Elder!

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5.0
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5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Taste 
 
5.0
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5.0

Just amazing!

From the first sip to the last, this beer tastes like whole cone hops. The bitterness is just right and hides in deep in the flavor, noticeable but not bothersome. Long lasting head with a light copper colored body.

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Standout Qualities
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Hoppy
  • Floral
  • Herbal
  • Linger
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I'd buy this again.
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5.0
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5.0

Legendary.

This is a true world class beer. Never disappoints me, appearance is a beautiful clear deep copper classic west ipa with a white usually one finger head. The aroma is beautiful, pine needles, citrus, grapefruit, you can really smell the simcoe in this bad boy.. The taste is simply amazing, the hops explode in your mouth and and stick around in a pleasant way, not too over powering and finishes nice and dry. The malts are barely noticeable due to the insane amount of hops but that's fine with me! Man I want another Pliny now.

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  • Citrus Fruit
  • Hoppy
  • Floral
  • Astringent
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I'd buy this again.
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4.6
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4.0
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5.0
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Good beer

This was a really good IPA....I wish that washington could get resourced again....But I will have to deal with beer mail instead....cheers to Russian River for this beauty....

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Standout Qualities
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Hoppy
  • Floral
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I'd buy this again.
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