Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Our reunion has been long in the making. Several years, by my count. At first, I didn’t understand what the fuss was about. I only saw the long lines of beer geeks jockeying for a taste of you, and assumed, wrongly, that young(er) and old (er, elder) were one and the same… and, being in the bay, I could get the Elder at enough places to take it for granted as well.
The first time we met I felt the hype… it was a late night, and I had enough to drink by then… I’m sorry our first time wasn’t as memorable as it could have been.
Now that I’ve been away and had time to grow, however, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your tasty goodness. You look great in your Russian River glass, with your burnt yellow hue and that billowy white cloud sitting atop your pour. You smell great too, did I mention? Hops compliment you, and that blend of light citrus and pine, lemon peel and orange zest, with a sweet floral scent tying it all together. If it is true what they say about our sense of taste being depending upon our sense of smell then this might be enough of a paean to you. … But from the first sip on I am continually amazed. How do you do it? What is your secret to being so bold, so bitter—yet so light and drinkable? I get the hops immediately, that piney citrusy blend that you’re so fond of that’s like fresh grapefruit and chewy sap, but you’re deceptively bitter when you could be bracingly so. That finish is at once gentle yet commanding, like a whisper that crescendos into a auditorium-filling symphony. I still can’t believe you’re 12%--you certainly don’t show it at all.
I’m glad we could spend this time getting reacquainted, and I look forward to visiting you again in another year. Don’t be a stranger.
My 400th review.
Serving type: on-tap
02-28-2012 22:52:06 | More by elNopalero
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Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
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