Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 8,433 | Reviews: 3,030 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by RossCain:
4.58/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 16oz bottle into a snifter. The bottle was just shy of three weeks old according to the bottling date.
A: The beer takes on a very clear golden color with a small, white head. The head was surprisingly thin and disappeared in a matter of a minute. It's alright, though; I wasn't looking into this beer for its looks.
S: The brew gave me exactly what I was looking for when I put my nose to the to glass: a swift, assertive punch to the face of west coast hops at their sweet, juicy peak. I couldn't wait to dive in.
T: The aroma of this beer does not fall short on any promises; it delivers with a a sweeping rush of gushy citrus sweetness right up front. If you're looking for an expertly showcased bouquet of flavors hops can impart on a beer, look no further. Grapefruit, tangerines, a bit of lemon zest mixed with some simple sugars a slight touch of earthiness.
M: Smooth, a bit slick, with a bit of an oily residue left on the palate upon each sip. Carbonation was just a touch fizzy, not in a distracting fashion. Bitter-sweet upon the tongue in the finish, but by no means overwhelming.
O: What more can be said that hasn't already? If you have the opportunity to try this beer, seize it!
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2012 18:53:56 | More by RossCain
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is know my favorite beer of all time. I just found out that this was made by accident? This beer is better than the younger but not by much. Well worth the hype. I have not tried this in bottles but the draft is second to none. Phily is the Only place outside of the west coast to get it.
Serving type: on-tap
03-10-2014 17:50:29 | More by peacemakers48
4.63/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Another beer I never expected to be able to try at least until the next trip to visit relatives in California. That I can do so now is thanks to the seemingly unbounded generosity of BigStein88.
Bottled 1/17/14. Nearly two months old, but I'm not unhappy with that considering it travelled from California to New England and changed hands again after that.
Poured from the 16.25 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint. Couldn't resist the irony.
a: Clear dark gold with a two inch tall white head which dissipated slowly to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.
s: Intense pine. Some floral notes.
t; Very smooth first impression, indefinable almost bubble gummy flavor followed by moderate hop bite and some floral notes. Bitterness lingers on the tongue but is mellowed by the floral aspect. Very "refined" tasting, although it becomes predictably rougher and more bitter as it warms. 8% alcohol? You've got to be kidding. Where?
m: Slickly smooth. Little carbonation.
o: If it's this good with nearly two months on it, what is it like fresh? Definitely one of the very best DIPAs I have had. Although the hope bite is less than some, it does not hang on and get annoying, and the pine and floral flavors makes this Pliny shine.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 04:32:38 | More by scotorum
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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