Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by Copernicus:
4.71/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured a 510 ml bottle into a Sam Adams custom (wish I had a craft IPA glass for this). I let it warm for about 45 mins before I poured it, too.
A: Pours a sharp, deep golden and shimmers with light amber fire. The clarity is sexy perfect. It forms some gnarly head, slightly off-white, many fingers, tight, and web-like with fabulous retention. I could stare it down all afternoon.
S: Better than the appearance. Bitter-sweet with fresh and cool pine sightly girded by sturdy citrus of grapefruit and tangerine. The malt is perfect; receding into the background, it leaves a delicate trace of light crunchy caramel and graham cracker. There is also a light fruit garnish of apricots...why not?
T: The most complex thing I've had to date. The front is floral and gives way to an apparent resiny hop presence. The malt structure is there but not the star, yet nor are the hops. The balance is the star--the narrative journey tasting this takes you on. It moves and changes within the seconds so overtly that you notice the process and the change. Very cool stuff.
M: Smooth and velvety.
O: See taste. It evolves. Every sip is a different story.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 20:58:29 | More by Copernicus
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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.