Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance-Pours into glass a shimmering, golden-yellow with about two fingers of long lasting, persistent and lacy head. As I hold it up to the light the orange-ish highlights shine outward and and seemingly bathe this beer in shimmering gold. The lacing on this beast is so sticky it's downright nuts, it just won't drip down the rim, and the head refuses to go away; if this ain't a 5 I don't know what is.
Aroma-Hops, just, sticky, resiny, flavorful hops. There's that big citric grapefruit kick upfront followed by a truck load of citric goodness and pine-like overtones all meshing together perfectly, it's so pungent, but yet at the same time not overbearing, that I can practically taste it as I smell it.
Taste-...my mind has been blown. This is at once so intensely hoppy yet so perfectly balanced in flavors that you hardly even notice the thing is bitter at all! I get grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange rinds, pinetrees and just a 'hint' of crystal malt balancing things towards the middle as a pine-like aftertaste rides the back end all the way to the finish.
Mouthfeel-Fluffy, resiny, slick but still light as a feather in the mouth; boggling really.
Drinkability-The bottle is almost gone and the only reason it isn't gone yet is because I've been forcing myself to drink it slowly so I can sip it throughout this review, it's so, so, so drinkable.
Notes-I...did not expect to like this beer as much as I did, I mean, I expected to like it but not be on the verge of literally founding a cult in its name; all hail Pliny!, and much thanks to my friend who through some convoluted means managed to get a bottle of this and was generous enough to part with it.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2010 23:05:20 | More by Manoftyr
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