Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by IPA4LIFE:
United Kingdom (England)
4.96/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Bottled on 27 December 2012, tasted/reviewed on 12 January 2013. Bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A- Crystal-clear honey golden color. Fluffy white head that drops pretty quickly, leaving a nice trail of clingy lacing sticking to the side of the glass.
S- OH. MY. GOD. This smells pretty much like burying your face in a bag full of hops. Sharp citrus zest, big and bold. Also lots of pine. The hops are really strong in this beer (I guess that kinda goes without saying, but it needs to be said). Overall, big grapefruit zest, a little mango, and some strong pine.
T- Surprisingly balanced. There is an initial malty sweetness that meets up with some wonderful fruity hop notes to make a flavor resonate of fresh buttered biscuits with orange marmalade. At the back of the palate there sits a solid bitterness that transitions from the orange marmalade notes to flavors of bitting into a fresh grapefruit. The lingering bitterness is complimented by a slight warming hint of booze, leaving the flavors to linger on the drinkers tongue for a long, long time.
M- Carbonation is great. Nice smooth mouthfeel. The body is thin enough to not distract, but thin enough to let the flavors come through.
O- Probably the perfect IPA. This beer is everything an IPA should be. Super hoppy, but clearly not made without regard for the malt characteristics of the beer. The malt bill is made to support the hops fully, and the balance is perfect. If I had to have one more beer before I died, fresh Pliny the Elder would be my choice without doubt. Best beer I have ever had.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2013 19:08:15 | More by IPA4LIFE
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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
100 out of 100 based on 9,639 ratings.