Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ahappyhiker2:
3.98/5 rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A- Pliny always has a shade of orange to it, notable carbonation on the side of the glass, nice head on it.
S- Hops, as well as a piney aroma. Decently sweet, I get some apricot, peach, and some citrusy notes like lemon and orange. Some pineapple as well. The smallest hint of alcohol at the end of the nose.
T- Very hoppy, but very smooth. I don't get as many complex notes in the taste as in the aroma. It's an overwhelming hop-bitterness and the aftertaste almost has like a piney kind of woody, outdoors taste to it.
M- I always find it just a little overcarbonated, but it works well to make the beer smoother.
O- This is always a treat for someone who lives in NJ. Can/bottle, I rate Heady Topper and Citra higher than Pliny, just my personal preference. But on tap, Pliny might be the best beer I've ever had. This is still an awesome beer though and worth seeking out if you're into hoppy beers. Consistently up there with the best of them.
Serving type: bottle
06-06-2013 03:37:37 | More by Ahappyhiker2
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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 9,887 ratings.