Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 8/14/12...YES, I realize this probably should have been enjoyed sooner; "hoppy beers are not meant to be aged", yadda x3; I hadn't encountered a Pliny until some time in August having kept my eyes open (albeit somewhat passively) for a couple of years, and then I encountered and bought 3 within a 5 week period; I was trying to save this last one as long as I felt I should, and realized it's now 2.5 months from the bottled date.
Pliny has a reputation that precedes itself, ranked regularly as one of the finest doubles; appearance is deep golden; there are some serious bubbles cranking in this, looking very effervescent; the head is massive and frothy; the lacing is sticky and staunch...after a sip the glass is barely visible from the other side.
The aromas make your mouth water; bitter citrus and grapefruit; heavy on the dank pine smell too.
The beer tastes like you think an IPA should: aggressively hop forward, slightly bitter but not overwhelmingly so; the hoppy flavors are not try, yet the beer keeps you grasping for more; there's a sweet-soapy taste on the backend and I fear it has something to do with me saving it, but feel I can remember this flavor from previous encounters; there is a tantalizing bread feel here too.
It's a smooth mouthfeel, a little cloying and just the right amount of carbonation; it goes down really smooth but leaves some sticky froth in the throat.
Obviously this is a top shelf beer and worth getting your hands on anytime...it's (usually) cheap too...only $6 for a 510ml. Russian River does a really good job with supply in that the manage to keep the demand heavy, maybe unnecessarily so but I don't work RR QC. That said, I've had better/comparable DIPAs that didn't evade me for years. If they made just a bit more of this and retained the quality, it just might be the best beer around for the money. As it stands, it compares well with DFH90, Firestone Walker Double Jack, and ODells Myrcenary.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2012 15:01:08 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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