Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Russian River's Pliny the Elder

If you are a hop lover, you probably at least know the name of this bamf. (badass mofo). Russian River Brewing, located in Santa Rosa, Ca, is arguably one of the better microbrews in the US. They are best known for their two Imperial/Double IPA's. Pliny the elder and Pliny the Younger.

Brewery: Russian River
Beer: Pliny the Elder
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
ABV: 8.0%
IBU: 100
Price: ~$5 for a 16oz bottle

For those who aren't familiar with IBU's, (International Bitterness Units), 100 IBU's is the threshold for the human palate. Pliny the Elder has 100, so if you LOVE bitterness, this beer is for you.

Opening the bottle unleashed a sweet hoppy aroma with a nice malt backbone. Grapefruit is the dominant citrus aroma, with a hint of pine. This beer pours a slightly dark shade of gold with a small white head. The first sip revealed a very concentrated hop presence with a hint of caramelized malt. The aftertaste is very long and pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium with a slight oily texture to it. This is one fine beer.

Aroma: 9/10
Appearance: 5/5
Taste: 9/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 18/20

Final Score: 45/50


  1. Oh man, a friend recommended this to me and I've been meaning to try it. Absolutely must after reading this.

  2. Just found your blog today ... very happy that I did.

    I'm drinking home brew stout at the moment

  3. @ Mark, you can probably find it at any specialty beer store, if not, you can find a clone recipe and clone it yourself

    @ Chris, I just happen to be drinking a homebrewed imperial stout myself atm. ^_^

  4. Wow, it sounds delicious. Great review!

  5. yummy i for one love it and i think your score id perfect