Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 9,879 | Reviews: 3,126 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by JohnnyJam:
4.71/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Thanks to Christy and Robert for getting this for me. It has been on my list for a long time and I had it in my refrigerator for a month so I could take the time to review it.
Poured from a 510 ml bottle with the bottled on date (10/3/13) clearly found on the label into a snifter and got 1 finger of head. The bottle says to consume ASAP.
A: Pours a bright golden, copper color and I get 1 finger of dense head the dissipates at a moderate rate and leaves a heavy covering on the top of my glass and the a covering and collar on my glass.
S: Big floral smell from a foot out. Tropical fruit and ruby red grapefruit.
T: Complex. This is not just an onslaught of pine resin; this is an interesting taste of mango, pear, and smooth mild ruby red grapefruit. It is just beautiful and tasty.
M: Refreshing and makes me want another sip. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Still, it is more smooth than having the feeling of a spritz.
O: Well, if I lived in the bay area; this would be a staple for me. I would have it often. I like it and recommend it. I don't think it is over-hyped like Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is. This is a world-class beer!
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2013 20:48:15 | More by JohnnyJam
More User Reviews:
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 9,879 ratings.