Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from pint bottle into chalice
A- Apricot color body with a big pillowy two and a half finger, white head. Love that shade.
S- Smell is powerful but awesome. At about 20" away even after just opening the cap, I was still getting the hop aroma smacking in the face. Grapefruit, citrus, floral, pine, and some of the malt. A lot going on in there.
T- Hop bitterness, pine and grapefruit up front are quickly followed by a sweet malty citrus that just overtakes it mid-pallate and gives way to a piney bitterness on the back end. The taste is so clean. I'm blown away.
M- It is medium-bodied and has a juicy feel in the mouth. This drinks like a single and would not have known it was a double unless I never found that out before. It is so smooth and it just glides effortlessly across the pallate as it finishes with that crisp, dry finish that I love in a West Coast IPA. The dryness begs you to keep sipping, but it is oddly so so quenching.
O- I can see how this beer generates so much hype and has such a cult-like following. Its hopped to insanity, aromatic, delicious, and with an amazing feel. It even looks appetizing. This beer is simply an all-out sensory assault. It also is incredibly balanced and offers high drinkability. Basically, its what every west coast IPA should aspire to be. I can nitpick at times, but this beer is perfect. Hopslam was my favorite IPA, but Pliny wins in a landslide and if I could give it a 6 I would. A thanks goes out to my brother's girlfriend for bringing me back a bottle from vacation in San Diego. I hope I am lucky enough to revisit this one sooner than later.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 10:30:39 | More by BeerFiend2002
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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