Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.85/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
1st review- had to be something great.
Bought bottles from Total Wine&More in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. Poured into oversized tulips.
A- golden in color with a moderate head with fine bubbles.
S- hoppyness is obvious, but had also a light sweet/delicate floral note in the background. It was strong coming out of the bottle/during the pour, but was more subdued when in the glass but still nicely fragrant while sipping.
T- I love that this beer has a "evolving" bitterness. The first layer is a bit of a citrusy, green grassy, fresh hoppy bittnerness then leaving on the palette the bitterness becomes a bit more mellow and sweet floral/herbaceous (kinda taste like fresh tree bark/leaves) background and ends almost a bit fruity and honey-ish, with a whisper of a almost tangy bitterness on the back of my palette. Very complex and smooth in transitioning its flavors. I find it a bit hard to explain in a good way.
M- not very heavy on the palette, light in its carbonation, alternated to being almost creamy and then gave a dry finish. This probably was a big aid in its "evolution" in its flavor.
D- Drank this twice- once at about 2 weeks old, another time at 6 weeks. The older was very slightly more mellow...a bit less "green" in the front end , but not by much- still a bitter beast.
The drinkability for me is exceptional.I get why it has such a reputation- I seriously love this and I came into opening one and thinking I will appreciate it, but did not expect to love it so. I can't quite see myself drink more than one in a sitting, but it is a beer that I will be excited about and enjoy through and through. I "get" bitter now and respect how its done in The Elder.
My BF on the other hand, appreciated it, liked it, but did not love it. He feels its something that he wouldn't quite seek it out as its still a aquired taste...not quite the flavor for him when it comes to IPA/DIPA.
Still, its a favorite that definitely will be a common occurrence in my fridge, at least for me. Thank my lucky stars that my mom lives in California. Don't tell her I plan visiting her when the beer is low...Ssshhhh!
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2010 07:52:16 | More by Provocajade
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