Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by DeanMoriarty:
4.83/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Heard from the Newman at Olive Tree Market that these were coming in for the weekend so I was on the lookout - scored the last 2 bottles from Baron's Market for $5.99 each and poured them into a Thirsty Bear branded .5 liter glass.
A: Pours a super clean light copper / straw-like hue with a fat white head that sticks around for a few pulls leaving ridiculous amounts of lacing from start to finish.
S: Whiffs of fresh cut ganja, grapefruit rinds, dried hay, a hint of carmel malt, light alcohol and black peppercorn finish.
T: On point with the nose - classic Cali flavors in this one - big time floral ganja goodness, bitter white grapefruit, just enough sweetness from the light maltiness to round it out nicely, letting the hop run the show - as it should! Finishing extremely clean overall aided by the fresh water sources from the area.
M: Legit medium bodied ale with light carbonation that lends to the creaminess of this one nicely - bitter hop oils linger for days and coat the palate nicely with the perfect hop blend.
Top tier IPA or imperial IPA (depending on who you ask) - tastes better and much easier drinking than most "DIPA's/Imperial IPA's". Definitely one of my favorite IPA's from this fine state!
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2012 02:55:09 | More by DeanMoriarty
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4.23/5 rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours lighter than expected with a white, fluffy head that quickly gives way to the army of bubbles marching to the top of the glass. A big, fruity nose, expected from one of the world's best IPAs, is no less welcome without the surprise. Bright grapefruit, pine, and lemon notes dance up from the glass. Even the bottle cap smells like delicious hops
The first sip is "wow" smooth. Grapefruit and pineapple -- hello, citrus -- are predominant, and the earthy, forest-floor flavors that you get from some IPAs, even good ones, are absent. I expected balanced and bitter, but I didn't expect the mouthfeel to be so light. For an IPA of 8 percent and around 100 IBUs, this is just about perfect.
I've had a lot of good IPAs this year, but Pliny stands out as one I could happily drink day in and day out without growing weary.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 03:17:11 | More by Dave_Sutula
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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