Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by BruChef:
4.2/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had the chance to try this the first time from my wife's cousin Chris who was generous enough to share it with me (along with a Westy 12 the same day. Chris, you da' man!). Reviewed when I had it again after my buddy kyle brought it back from his honeymoon in Cali. straight from the brewery, born just 3 weeks ago. Thanks for thinking of me bro!
Poured into a Bordeaux glass and took pleasant notice of the somewhat rustic, slightly hazy, golden, orange color. Slight off-white head, lingering, about a finger and a half inch thick. Aroma was well balanced, slight caramel malt and fresh, piney, citrusy hops. Even more well balanced was the taste.
This is not a hop bomb like i initially thought it would be. The hops are forward but countered by a complimentary amount of malt presence. What can't be ignored, especially if you had a fresh bottle, is how fresh the hops taste. It's just too hard to explain. It's especially easy to drink because the alcohol is barely detectable...until it warms up a bit. The hops also really intensify as it warms almost making it pleasurably harsh if that makes sense. Mouth feel is slightly sticky and medium bodied. Carbonation is pleasant enough but i feel like a tiny, tiny bit more would help the already fantastic aroma become even more explosive.
This beer is hella drinkable but should be savored too, in order to experience it at various temperatures. I don't know that i've had an (double) ipa in which flavor characteristics change so much as it warms. A fantastic beer overall. Split it with a worthy friend to enjoy the perfect amount.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2010 05:11:08 | More by BruChef
More User Reviews:
4.6/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A - A little light for an IPA, but looked very clear and very nice. Great amber color.
S - Hoppy and perfect for an IPA
T - Great. High on bitterness but not the bad kind.
M - The best part. Extremely light and smooth going down.
O - Worth the hype.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 15:57:51 | More by avwrite
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,788 ratings.