Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by MONKandTUCK:
3.83/5 rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Very bright. It's yellow, rather than warm orange. The head-retention sucks.
A - Plenty of orange, bright citrus. But there's even more fresh pine. Kinda reminds me of a car-freshener, then backed by a fresh-squeezed juice note. This doesn't blow me away, but it's refreshing and familiar.
T - Juicy, a little prickly, definitely sweet. For being so hoppy and sweet, the bitterness is relatively smooth and the finish approaches dry. It's not as crisp as other IPAs, but for being such a sturdy beer it remains tight. The bitterness has degree of harshness requisite of an IPA; anything else and the beer would lack character. I'm not blown-away by the flavor profile. This beer is far from pedestrian, but Centennial-oriented IPAs just do it better.
M - Coming out of the winter months, and just passing St Pat's most have become accustomed to big malty beers. I'm sure other times of the year perception varies, but presently this beer qualifies as lean on compact, very drinkable.
O - It's a flavorsome beer that does so many things so very well. If I were to dedicate several weeks to drinking only this beer I'd have more confidence and depth in my opinion. Drinking beers like Nugget Nectar, Great Divide's Barleywine, and Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe recently, I feel that my palate has been skewed by larger beers.
What I like about Pliny is that it gets as big and sweet as a beer can be without ever becoming boozy and heavy. Further, the copious amount of hops never impart any offensive flavors.
I can quickly name several IPA's which I prefer to this one. So, I gotta add that the hype is overrated. But props to Vinny for making awesome beers (he created the XL IPA) and being an awesome crusader for craft beer. And thanks the the Hulmeville Inn for doing a Russian River tap-takover!
Serving type: on-tap
03-22-2012 10:55:14 | More by MONKandTUCK
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4.99/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Absolutely the perfect beer.
Poured into my tulip glass amazing amber color, with a thin quickly disappearing head that leaves a nice lacing as I drink this down.
Smell is amazing grapefruit, citrus, pine needles and a nice sweetness.
Tastes the same way it smells, there is an almost overpowering hop presence but the malty sweetness doesn't let it get to much, as the malt fades it leaves a nice bitter aftertaste.
The mouth feel is silky smooth and delivers the hoppiness to my taste buds.
I see how this was so mind blowing at the time it came out, almost created its own style that is often imitated but never equaled over the years.
I wish I could get this more regularly, my favorite beer of all time
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 03:39:59 | More by tikk
5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottle served in a Spiegelau IPA glass.
A- Light amber color with a one finger white head that shows excellent retention. Amazing lacing. Looks perfect.
S- Fresh hops, pine, grapefruit, lemon grass, citrus zest, and more hops. Perfect
T- Hops, grapefruit, citrus fruit, bitter soap and more hops. This is hop juice. Amazingly fresh and crisp hop flavors.
M- Perfect. So refreshing and no sign of ABV.
O- By far one of the best IPA's ever made. It lives up to the hype that surrounds this world class beer. It makes me want to move to Santa Rosa.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 20:42:18 | More by NCalement
4.79/5 rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A - Pours a nice golden body. Amber hues, light orange. 3 finger head, dissipates very nicely.
S - Not as much of a hop bomb I was hoping for in the smell, not that this was a bad thing. You'll get a very balanced smell of hops, mild dankness, fruits beautifully blended with orange, mango, pineapple, citrus, etc. Very subtle malt.
T - Superbly balanced for a double! You'd swear you're drinking a low alcohol contented beverage. Nice mild malts, picks up with this beautiful citrus goodness of oranges, pineapple, mango, etc.
M - Light to medium body, sticky, crisp, clean, refreshing and a nice dry finish. This doesn't finish too dry, it finishes with just enough dryness to leave the palate wanting more; however, there is plenty of the sticky resin in there to leave you wanting more in a different way.
O - Beautifully crafted DIPA, does it live up the hype? IMO, NO. Should people mortgage the house and sell a lung to get this? No. There are other great DIPA's out there. This one will creep on you if you do not pace yourself. All in all, a great beer, that should be distributed more throughout bars and liquor stores.
Serving type: on-tap
03-07-2014 20:33:35 | More by santomark
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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