Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.68/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured into a snifter on 1/26/10
Bottled on 1/6/10
Massive thanks to jamdugan for my first bottle of Pliny
Moderately dense orange/tangerine color; similar to pineapple juice, only darker. Held to the light it shines gold around the edges & has the range of color akin to a faded tobacco burst Les Paul without veering much toward brown hues. Poured two fingers of foam that protruded above the rim of the glass. After a few minutes this has mostly dissipated, leaving a thin layer of bubbles. Mild swirling helps retention. Decent patches of lace at the onset, though lace thins throughout.
Right after the pour it didn't smell too strong as the dense cap held back the aromas. I'm glad it thinned out because this smells amazing. This may well be the most potent hop aroma I've encountered. Bold citrus notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest & hints of orange. Notions of pine throughout, as well as floral overtones. There's a spicy component, too. I'm having a hard time appreciating much malt. Seems to be just a faint notion of sugar cookies.
The smell is so good I can almost taste it before I take the first sip & it tastes even better. Intense amounts of spicy bitterness. Leading the way is dense pine sap followed immediately by rapid bursts of citrus - mostly grapefruit with some lemon & ripe orange. Initially the floral qualities seem overpowered by the pine & citrus; however, warmth brings them more to the fore. Spiciness makes me think Amarillo hops. Malts be damned. Something has to be present, pale malts or some such, but they are timid here. Very faint solvency.
Leaning toward the heavier side of medium bodied. I can't tell if the carbonation is moderately low or if it's having a tough time moving the weight of the beer. If I have any critique it would be for more sizzle - a minor complaint for sure. Resinous without being gritty; very impressive. Piney bitterness lingers briefly on the finish. Nothing in the way of alcohol heat.
Excellent drinkability. It's gone all too soon; much like RCA Selectavision, pogs, Berry Berry Kix, Audioslave & my '88 Ford Taurus Wagon. Ah, to live within Russian River's distribution network. Y'all are lucky indeed.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2010 23:40:50 | More by Ryan011235
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 9,799 ratings.