Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by Aaron_Ramson:
4.03/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: brilliant clarity, dense white head, light copper, almost gold color.
S: very hop forward; tangerine, pineapple, lemon, mixed with some evergreen and herbal scents. Malt is in the background and compliments the hops without adding a lot of complexity.
T: pine resin and citrus/tropical fruit flavors forward, with bready malt character as a solid backbone. Enough bitterness at the end without being overly aggressive or sharp. Not at all astringent or too wet; very balanced.
M: medium-thick with a palate coating property that goes down without leaving the mouth oily. Carbonation is a little on the heavy side but compliments the flavor and helps it go down.
O: a good, if not completely overrated IPA. I don't see what all the fuss is about. Russian River has created a mystique around this beer that is fun, but ultimately leaves one unsatisfied when it's finally had. Still, worth trying once, if only to see what all the fuss is about.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 01:26:03 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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4.51/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
After several months of searching, I finally found the mythical Pliny the Elder that I was starting to doubt even existed. Pangaea Bier Cafe in Sacramento has it on tap.
So... it pours a beautiful gold.. crystal clear.. I talk a lot about balance in the beers that I review and this one had perfect balance. Hops, grain, malt.. they finely crafted this one in every sense of the word. Head was a little light, but tight foams. Mouthfeel was very good for the hops which blended perfectly. finish was smooth. Is it the best beer in America? Um... no. Very very good, I would have it again and was able to buy a couple of bottles at a nearby store (2 bottle limit), but does it live up to the hype? Nope. The marketing strategy (and the limits on purchase) were brilliant and they have feed into the hype very well.... being from Utah it was my mission (pun intended) to find this beer and see for myself.. but honestly.. I think there must be a better beer out there somewhere (and for the styles I prefer, I have found a few)..
Serving type: on-tap
07-30-2014 06:58:29 | More by Curtis
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,888 ratings.