Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.72/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A - pours a golden orange with a good-sized fluffy white head.
S - Mmm, citrusy, piney hops with a bit of floral honey. I can't say it's the most intense aroma, but it's still pleasing.
T - holy hoparama! Lots of citrus and resiny pine in the hops dancing around with a nice malt backbone. The hops also give some nice floral and earthy notes. A nice hop blend - I can pick out the Simcoe.There is just a tiny bit of sweetness to balance out the hops. It takes a bit of time for all the flavors to work out.
M - slick, resinous feel. Not heavily carbonated, just fine.
Overall - There's a reason why Pliny is the standard Imperial IPA. It does everything right. It may not be the most innovative beer out there, but it doesn't need to be, much like Sculpin is to single IPAs. I find it hard to find faults here. It doesn't have some of the cool hop flavors that I like in other beers (like the tropical fruit flavors in Nugget Nectar), but it's the most well balanced imperial IPA I've had.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2011 04:36:20 | More by HotHands
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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