Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 9,788 | Reviews: 3,125 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by PeatReek:
4.4/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
The Elder has a perfectly clear, pale amber body with a thin white lid of foam. The aroma is green; somehow... oh, I know how, it's entirely composed of hops! Piney, resinous, citric, delicious hop aroma. The first sip is likewise a hop attack, very very strong with pine needle and somewhat grassy overtones (but in a good way, I'm not exactly sure how to describe it). It's supported by a crisp maltiness, very dry. Not full bodied; thin if anything, which only accentuates the hop character. Great, great beer. Consistently blocks my attempts to try other IPAs wherever it's on the menu.
P the E is definitely one archetype of West Coast IPAs. Sometimes I prefer the thick, sweet Hop-Rod style, but this beer is an extraordinarily drinkable example of the drier, crispy/hop-domination style, and that's good too. It's hard to describe how drinkable Pliny is. I mean, 8 percent?! I never would have guessed. No wonder I'm always so stumbly walking out of Toronado.
Serving type: on-tap
08-26-2006 01:28:10 | More by PeatReek
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.