Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Everyone raved, raved, raved, raved about this beer. Okay, I get it.
I was fortunate enough to have a friend surprise me with a bottle as he knew one of my favorite beer styles is Imperial IPAs.
I poured this into a snifter, and yes, the beer's fresh. It was bottled on 9/16/11.
The appearance was good, as good as it should be. There was a healthy amount of head, and the color was just right. The smell was typical. I could smell the hops, pine, and so on.
Taste? This is a personal preference: it was good, but so what? It was decisively good, but I was not bowled over in awe. It had a bit more of pine flavor than I wanted, but it was very balanced in every other respect. The hops were there, but they were not too singularly overpowering.
The mouthfeel's great. The aftertaste wasn't too bitter nor something I feel like I need to wash my mouth clean. It was good.
Overall, I think it was a great beer. I just don't think I can buy in the hype all of you have been raving about. I think the rarity of the beer, and the fact that it's difficult for anyone to get this, has slightly artificially push this beer to mythic status. I wouldn't go out of my way to trade for this beer, I'm just saying, that I can find some more IPAs that are just as good!
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2011 23:44:04 | More by 2xHops
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