Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.8/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Served in a snifter at Capone's on Sunday morning March 29th, 2009. What a fantastic event. Kudos, as usual to Matt and his peeps. Double IPAs and strong sour beers at 10am on a Sunday, BooYa Grandma!
Arrived at the table as I said in a snifter, nearly filled to the brim. The room left for head was about ¼ inch. (not complaining mind you, as I knew the keg would kicked in minutes). The ¼ inch head was stark white and tight. It hung around for quite a while, while I took these notes on appearance. When it receded, if you looked straight on, it almost appears as though it hadn't. But looking in from above, you could see it did. The liquid was a dark golden color with a copper hue when held to the light.
The smell was sheer hop goodness. Citrus hops abound, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, sweet oranges, and lemon peel. Yes, all of these and potentially more. There was a bit of piney hops in the middle. Finishing out the aroma was a bit of sweetness, not quite caramel, but that smell when making simple syrup, just boiling sugar and water.
Wheeew, hop city, next stop! The hop flavor in this one is nearly beyond comparison. I would not say the bitterness is as high as many others, but hop flavor, oh baby. Citrus dominates, with pine taking a back seat. I mostly get grapefruit, ruby red grapefruit and grapefruit zest. A bit of the lemon zest and oranges from the nose comes in late. A bit of sweet candy like malt comes in the middle but quickly is beaten back by the hops. A bit of alcohol heat can be found right before the finish. Speaking of the finish, it is a wonderfully smooth lingering bitterness.
Body is medium to full. Carbonation is light with a fine, creamy smooth feeling. There is bit of drying in the finish that combines with the bitterness to make you long for the next sip.
Drinkability is quite high but loses a fraction and is not quite as quaffable as his uncle.
Serving type: on-tap
04-03-2009 22:39:57 | More by jackorain
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