Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
This brew pours a toasted amber color. It holds a one and a half finger cream colored head that retains nicely. It holds a latticework of huge bubbles, leaving monster lacing as it goes. Carbonation appears active and there is a faint haze to the beer. Little bubbles stick all around the snifters, submerged under the golden liquid. The nose is a walk through the grapefruit grove. Hops are bold, piney, and citric, with a sweeter twinge of tropical fruit way off on the back. The malts, too, are sweet, with a small toast and pale character. The sweetness goes one step beyond the fruit and the hops, with a dash of raw honey to round off the nose. As we sip, a beautiful balance between bitter hops and sweet hops is stricken. This gives a big grapefruit and citric sweetness, but also a biting grassy pop as well. Through the middle, alcohol moves over the tongue, with more steely bitterness of hop and grain. The flavors become crisper here, with a faint toast to the malt, and surprising darkness (not black, but certainly deeper than pale) that wasn’t palpable in the nose. The finish is with more bright grapefruit and gloriously citrusy hops. The sweetness also returns, with a metallic and sour grain, to offer further balance to the finale. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of more hop, flecks of alcohol, and the tiniest hint of grain. Again, big hops steal the show. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. The nicely retained head and bubbles offer a nice creaminess and smack to each sip. The mouth is coated, but quickly dried and left a bit salty. One negative is that we expected a slightly thicker body and feel to it, where at times, it came across borderline thin. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks with great, refreshing ease.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the overt grapefruit in the nose. They really showcased big citrus in the hop department here, making for not only a robust flavoring, but a unique beer in the sense that it didn’t really blend the hops, but rather had them all sing on their own. This is a standup beer for the style, and is something we could sip the summer away with.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2011 20:03:00 | More by TheBrewo
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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