Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Clear light amber with orange tint and very aggressive tan foamy head. Aroma is a very compelling, super citrusy hop with a little pine and a sticky sweetness if you believe you could smell that. A big hop slap upfront is pine mostly but mellows (as much as this can possibly mellow) into orange and lemon and light sticky sweet background. But the sweetness seems to come from the hops, and not the malts. There is no malt flavors to speak of, in fact the feel is almost like a tea of hops in carbonated water. That being said, it does round out a bit as it warms. The hop bitterness in the finish is strong but isn't overblown and lingers for quite some time though not unpleasantly.
I was all ready to think this beer was just an overblown hop head beer. It really is a hop lovers dream come true but the balance of hop characteristics is quite unbelievable. I will say that no beer is worth being obsessed about as much as it seems a lot of prople are but certainly a great beer that has to be tried to be believed. I'm glad I finally got the opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2010 00:31:06 | More by Bfarr
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