Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by Telix:
3.9/5 rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got a bottle as a wonderful bonus from olibeer22. Bottled 12/05/09, opened 1/09/10:
A: Pours somewhat clear and slightly opaque (redundant or what?), with a nice head that sticks around for a good amount of time. The lacing is pretty good due to the high level of hop oils.
S: Somewhat soapy, with big lemon, orange, and grapefruit notes. There is some honey sweetness. The soapiness throws it off, it's not very appealing.
T: A nice balance of sweetness and sharp, cat-piss hops. There is some herbal and resinous hoppiness, along with a sliight amount of fundamental malt sweetness.
M: Good body for the style, but I wish it were bigger in the mouth. It might push it out of the style if it were, however.
D: Real tasty and easy to drink. A great west coast IPA for sure, but not exactly my favorite brew.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2010 01:22:41 | More by Telix
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4.51/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
After several months of searching, I finally found the mythical Pliny the Elder that I was starting to doubt even existed. Pangaea Bier Cafe in Sacramento has it on tap.
So... it pours a beautiful gold.. crystal clear.. I talk a lot about balance in the beers that I review and this one had perfect balance. Hops, grain, malt.. they finely crafted this one in every sense of the word. Head was a little light, but tight foams. Mouthfeel was very good for the hops which blended perfectly. finish was smooth. Is it the best beer in America? Um... no. Very very good, I would have it again and was able to buy a couple of bottles at a nearby store (2 bottle limit), but does it live up to the hype? Nope. The marketing strategy (and the limits on purchase) were brilliant and they have feed into the hype very well.... being from Utah it was my mission (pun intended) to find this beer and see for myself.. but honestly.. I think there must be a better beer out there somewhere (and for the styles I prefer, I have found a few)..
Serving type: on-tap
07-30-2014 06:58:29 | More by Curtis
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,881 ratings.