Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by ManekiNeko:
4.55/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Served on tap in a pint glass at RFD's
Appearance: Clear light amber topped by a thick white cap of foam. An everpresent smallish layer of foam was supported by the streamers of bubbles. Modestly thick, but overly splotchy, coating of foam on the glass.
Smell: Heady blast of piny resins and grapefruit. Occasional whiffs of skunkweed and rancid cheese, but in a good way. Very very green and vegetal. Hop Ottin' turned to 11, then given some steroids.
Taste: Intensely bitter spruce and acidic citrus hop juice is what this is. Just enough malty sweetness to prevent hop tea syndrome. Exquisitely off its rocker. Alcohol is well masked.
Drinkability: When I win the lottery, I will buy a modest shack across the street from either Russian River or some place that serves it, just so I can have the occasional sip of this hop nectar.
Mouthfeel: A slightly watery medium body, but in a good way. Hop juice and high abv must be less dense that malty goodness.
Serving type: on-tap
02-25-2005 01:40:21 | More by ManekiNeko
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 9,894 ratings.