Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.31/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
**HAVING SEARCHED FOR THIS BEER FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS NOW, I FINALLY GOT MY HANDS ON BUT A SINGLE BOTTLE. THIS MAY BE THE HOLY GRAIL OF BEER, ACCORDING TO LEGEND**
That being said, I will remain unbiased and impartial and judge this beer objectively.
Appearance – In all honesty, for a beer of this color and style, it really does not get much better than this. It looks great. Poured into a pokal-style glass. Bright copper orange. The head reminds me of Duvel Moortgat; bright white with excellent lacing and foamy, active bubbles. A very active beer. You can see the carbonation is mid to high just by watching the bubbles race to the top.
Smell – Super, super strong simcoe hops and fresh floral hops. Almost piercingly chemical or enhanced. I've never smelt anything like this from any Double IPA or IPA. Smells very fresh, like opening a vacuum sealed bag of hops. Pine needles and cleaner (not an offensive smell, necessarily, just extremely, extremely potent). This is a very powerful, bold aroma. Plants, citrus, lemon, orange peel, herbs and very strong, concentrated sugar smells. Not much malt is allowed to come through the hops. Very piny.
Taste – Great, clean taste. Definitely suits the style but does not add anything new or take any risks. Fresh hop taste and plenty of light, subtle toffee/ butterscotch notes. Soapy dry hop flavor (pretty standard -- tastes good). Amarillo is in the mix, but blends in with the others. The Amarillo gives this beer something special. Subtle lemon notes with stronger orange/ orange peel and grapefruit at the center. The alcohol is hidden well. Nice bitterness and use of sugars -- the two go hand in hand. Lots of grapefruit notes. I have drank this cool at around 6c, and warmer at around 12c. I wanted to see it change. Not a huge jump like most Belgian ales, but still a tad more enjoyable to me when warmer. Hints of vanilla and spice.
Mouthfeel – Impressive. This lightly stimulates all areas of the mouth, but mostly the roof. A nice clean finish with a hint of fresh hops on the aftertaste. Taste buds mainly feel this on the front-roof of the mouth. Nice and fizzy. The hops and carbonation work wonderfully together. Crisp and clean, buttery and smooth. A great use of carbonation.
Overall – This beer is definitely overhyped and overrated. It is very well-balanced and holds true to its style. An excellent beer, but not nearly as incredible as I thought it might be. I feel the aroma and look of this beer may be some of its most impressive characteristics. Dry, earthy, tart, yet sugary and delicious, this beer is a great Double India Pale Ale. I think it is fairly obvious that most of the beer nerds out there like to boast of Pliny's rarity and perhaps feel extra privileged to take part in the hype. It is very hard to find and I am fortunate enough to finally get my hands on it after approximately 4 years of searching. Do not get me wrong, this is an exceptional beer in its style, but definitely overhyped due to how hard it is to come by. Also important to note: there are plenty of other amazing IPAs and DIPAs out there that rival this specific beer. Overall, this does not disappoint. Pliny, you are delicious.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2013 03:54:21 | More by Agent1
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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 9,889 ratings.