Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 9,788 | Reviews: 3,125 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Pahn:
4.97/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on 3/26/10, so only 20 days old. Big thanks to BA mob2332 for giving this to me!
Appearance: Moderate pour yields a big, 1.5 inch, fluffy, just offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving spots of lacing. Pours a hazy, light golden amber. Leaves spots and streaks of lacing all around the glass.
Smell: From the bottle there's dank, piny hops. In the glass, the same dank note along with even bigger citrus (grapefruit), floral, grassy hops. There's a lot of sweetness in the smell; lots of tropical fruit, almost melon-y. Smells amazing.
Taste: First sip: a big hit of hop bitterness, characterized by pine and grapefruit, with a dry finish. Not much malt backbone, but huge, resinous hops flavor. Nowhere near as sweet as the aroma suggests. The aftertaste is great; it has more hops complexity than the whole experience of most other IPAs. Halfway through some biscuity malt emerges, but the constant barrage of various delicious hops flavors remains the star. Alcohol is completely hidden.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, alternately creamy and juicy, with a dry finish. Just the right amount of carbonation. The beer fills the mouth, with the mild carbonation, large bitterness, somewhat hefty body, and dry finish all contributing to make the experience huge. I'm noticing more and more that the mouthfeel can really make or break a beer for me, and PtE's is the perfect vehicle for its big hop flavor.
Drinkability: This would *easily* become my go-to (D)IPA if Russian River distributed where I live.
I've started to get mildly self-conscious about the high scores I give beers I like, so I didn't want to throw out all these 5s... but really, the smell, taste, and feel of this beer are just flawless. And ease of consumption? I could easily keep this on hand at all times and make sure to drink all of it fresh.
PtE isn't regarded so highly because it's so difficult to get outside of the west coast. It really is a perfect DIPA.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2010 23:37:15 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
4.6/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A - A little light for an IPA, but looked very clear and very nice. Great amber color.
S - Hoppy and perfect for an IPA
T - Great. High on bitterness but not the bad kind.
M - The best part. Extremely light and smooth going down.
O - Worth the hype.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 15:57:51 | More by avwrite
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,788 ratings.