Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by jackorain:
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
More User Reviews:
4.81/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Had in a bottle at my house.. Hardee har har.. I stood in line for 6 hours on Monday Feb 17th.. Had to save my notes for this to be the 100th beer.
A: perfect hazy orange color that only left a little bit of head by the time my glasses got to me
S: smells of citrus and a small amount of pine.. I would argue that this is the exact smell that any "IPA" should shoot for
T: same as the smell.. Citrus and a little pine.. Very smooth and well balanced
M: I would say medium.. Ideal mouthfeel for IPA
O: obviously 1 of the highest rated IPA's and after getting to try it very well deserved.. Was lucky enough to have a non-drinking buddy that lives in CA take me and get 6 instead of the mandated 3.. Also lucky that he was cool enough to run to another bar and grab us burgers while we were in line or I would have been in trouble.. Big shout out to the coolest guy I know.. Thanks again Z!! Probably won't do it again cuz the wait was unrealistic but if you haven't had it it is worth doing once.. Very well done Russian River
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2014 05:07:10 | More by BarrelAgedG
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,284 ratings.