Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.95/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured into a pint glass.
First off, I don't think "appearance" should be rated. Described: yes, rated: no.
If you follow the BJCP Style Guideline, Pliny should have "Good head stand with off-white color should persist" and this beer has practically no head and that doesn't matter. So I gave it full marks because, screw it; it's meaningless; and I don't think it should detract.
Yes, I almost rated this a 5 across the board and I would NEVER turn one down if offered. I don't care if it was Sunday and I was on my way to church, I'd risk the wrath of the lord to drink a pint slowly and deliberately. But there are several beers in this class which are so equal as no matter, especially if you factor in price and availability.
This delightfully hoppy brew has everything I want in a California IPA. The nose is fresh and smells like Sonoma County. But that's not its strong suit.
This beer is clearly all about the flavor. And I guess "mouth feel" but I am just about ambivalent about that as "appearance." But screw that -- back to flavor. Forget all that fruity talk... it's hops. Delicious, crisp, bitter, resin-y, persistent hops. And it delivers in spades! This beer is a romantic ode to the hop, bless its heart.
And that resiny persistence which allows me to recycle that rich luscious flavor long after it has been swallowed! That is another high point for me. I believe this beer has earned its reputation at the top of the heap. Russian River Brewing Company, I salute you!
I think Little Sumpin' Sumpin' beats this in a smell test, but Pliny roars up from behind and trumps the fresh hop taste.
If someone asked me to defend the hop-forward movement -- be an apologist for it -- I would strive to get this for them to drink.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2013 01:16:43 | More by Somebody_Else
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