Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by BearslikeBeers:
4.54/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bought at a liquor store and drank 10 days after the bottling date.
This beer pours a clear ochre color. The smell is good but surprisingly sort of weak for a DIPA. The carbonation laces down nicely.
The taste is awesome: all sorts of hops (I think a strong cascade hop presence ) right up front that gives way to a malt backbone that is sweet, juicy and able to hold up the heavy hops. The citrus flavor comes through the hops and is very different in character than other DIPAs I've had, there is definitely a lot of orange, and the flavor of orange or lemon peel even lingers on your palate after the hops are gone. The carbonation is soft and the mouthfeel is quite awesome. Overall I see why there is such hype, one of the most drinkable and balanced DIPAs I've had...
"The nations of the West also have their own intoxicant, made from grain soaked in water...Alas, what wonderful ingenuity vice possesses! A method has actually been discovered for making even water intoxicated."
-Pliny the Elder
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 00:29:30 | More by BearslikeBeers
More User Reviews:
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 9,876 ratings.