Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Preismj for helping me obtain this one! Drank from a tulip glass on 4/19/11, bottled on 3/21/11... Tough to get it much fresher considering my circumstances, though I'd be curious to know the difference that a few weeks made! Next time I'm out west...
A- 4.5 Pours a pretty, pure and clean golden yellow with a tremendous two finger fluffy white head. It is just transparent. As it dissipates, it leaves what looks like half-melted ice cream in the center. This reduces to about 1/2 - 1 finger throughout. The brew leaves very sticky lacing all over the glass as I make my way through, and there's a gentle layer of tiny bubbles under its head with every movement. Very uniform. It looks great, though I suppose I expected just a tad more color.
S- 5 This smells of hops and citrus, especially grapefruit. There is more fruit here as well, maybe peach... What sets it apart from others within the style that I've come across is that it has a sweet, flower-like aroma to back it up that is very appealing. At first I find more of the hops to come through, but as it warms it really does open up to more of the sweetness and fruit-like blend. Excellent.
T- 4.5 The elusive PtE (midwesterner, here) tastes as was hinted by its aroma, and is very good. I again get its hops up front, and that is followed by a citrus. Grapefruit and orange come to mind; I'm not getting as much of the floral as I did from the scent, but there is just enough sweetness to balance its finish well. Also, its alcohol is very well-masked.
M- 5 Honestly, it is perfect. Medium in body and the carbonation is just right. It goes down easily and crisp, but finishes with a very complementary touch of creaminess that I'm not sure I've had before in the style, and this just makes it top notch. There's only the slightest dryness, and i find myself wanting more of it as soon as it is gone.
D- 4.5 I would happily take down this brew with the slightest of restraint... It is very tasty, powerful, and balanced. I think it'd be something that I'd savor for nice occasions. Part of me saying that is due to the fact that I can't just go out and buy it where I am located; maybe it'd be different if I could get it all the time. Either way, I had high expectations because of its hype and it really did live up to it. I was probably more critical of it than I am on average given the circumstances, and it was still tough to find fault. An excellent beer that is deserving of its praise, and I hope to enjoy it again.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2011 13:20:20 | More by KYBrewgrass
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