Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.85/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Served on-tap @ Falling Rock Taphouse, Denver, CO, into a pint glass
Pours a light and golden shade of honey yellow. Maybe its the pint glass, but the lacing was unimpressive compared to how the bottled PtE pours. Still, this was a prototypical DIPA in appearance. I can't fault it for being the color that it is with the fluffy white head that it has.
The immediacy of the aroma is quite impressive. Oily resins -- the pure distillation of the hop flower -- tingle your nosehairs. This smells like pollan and earth and vines and petals and medicinal secretions and astringent roots and maybe a little bit of gauze or band-aid. All at once. This is served into a pint glass and perhaps that is subduing the aroma... because bottles versions tend to be a wee bit more intense. Still, this is lovely.
"Oh, fuck me!" Pardon the coarse language but that is exactly what I uttered after my first gulp of this wonderful stuff. Its just so exquisitely intense in its hoppiness. Leafy, floral flavors smack you on the tongue with all of the strength of eating a garden. As you swirl the beer around in your mouth, the fruity lupulin flavors develop. Grapefruit and, unmistakeably, passionfruit coat the tongue. They aren't just passing mentions; they are deep and resonating with juiciness. With fruit throbbing on your palate, the pine-dominated finish spreads like a pandemic all over your mouth. The aftertaste is surprisingly low-key. Its bitter, sure, and pleasantly so but it isn't harsh. As the beer warms, you can appreciate some of the toasty and caramel malt flavors but let's be real with it -- they are an afterthought, exactly where they are supposed to be. This beer features all aspects of the HOP like few other beers. This might be the very Platonic form of the hop flower.
I generally prefer single IPAs to doubles because I prefer the thinner, juicier mouthfeel that singles feature. The thickness of the doubled malt bill is, while not exactly a put-off, less pleasurable for my tastes. Pliny the Elder, like no other good double/imperial IPA that I've ever had, is like a single IPA in mouthfeel. Its perfect for my preferences and perfect for carrying home the essential hop flavors. As far as drinkability goes, well, I drank three pints of PtE tonight. This is brilliant and oh, so tasty.
Pliny on-tap was, without a shadow of a doubt, the best beer on-tap that I've ever had. I don't see how any beer could better express the flavors of the hop flower. Perfection in taste.
Serving type: on-tap
04-11-2010 07:18:31 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pliny is the finest beer I've ever tasted. For a 2X IPA it's as crisp and refreshing as it gets... for ANY beer. Some people say it's overhyped, which I don't agree with, but it depends on what type of beer you like. If you're an IPA fan and you think this beer is overhyped then I don't sympathize. But if IPA's aren't your thing then I can see how you might not appreciate it as much as someone like me who drinks almost exclusively IPA's. It is so perfectly balanced and smooth. Hoppy, citrusy, fresh, and perfect all come to mind every time I have a Pliny.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 02:59:31 | More by wcoastbeerlover
4.95/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I am lucky enough to have enjoyed Pliny countless times both in the bottle and on draught. First time was several years ago and every time I get a glass of it I take 2-3 whiffs of it before even taking a sip. That's how good this beer is. If you haven't tried it beg borrow or steal to try this one!
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 03:43:18 | More by Kramerwtmf
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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