Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 9,897 | Reviews: 3,126 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Duane_Opfer:
4.94/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
16 oz. bottled poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled on 10/30. Consumed on 11/9.
A - Golden orange with a solid finger of off-white head. Small bubble foam. Lasted for a while and made beautiful lacing on sides of glass as liquid receded. Distinct lines of carbonation. Clear/no cloudiness or sediment. Aesthetically pleasing.
S - Melon and grapefruit. Smelled of fresh hops.
T - Intense and complex flavor palate. Subtle and pleasant changes as the beer warms. In order, melon, kiwi, lemon and pear, with a slight tart grapefruit finish. Lasting pleasant tart on back/sides of the tongue.
M - Very clean, very crisp. Positively refreshing. High carbonation, but absolutely complements zesty citrus flavors. Luxurious foaming in mouth. Medium bodied. Slightly more malt backbone than I expected (for a DIPA), but again, perfect...
O - Don't know what to say... blew me away. I love west coast IPA's and this may be perfection of that style. Absolutely phenomenal.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2013 00:42:13 | More by Duane_Opfer
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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 9,897 ratings.