Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Bottle with a date of 1.6.10 poured into a Hennepin flute.
A--Orange like a lollipop or Skittle body, two finger creamy white head. Picture perfect. Looks juicy.
S--Soft, in a weird way. I am getting some earth and a lot of fruit that grows where there's lots of sun, namely orange, mango and pineapple. But also gentler floral notes pull through toward the end of my sniffs. Surprised how not in-your-face this was. Happily surprised.
T--Again, tastes accomplished, for lack of a better word, in terms of the way it was hopped. Very little malt, so the "balance" is between the sweeter fruit and floral flavors and the more bitter sawdust pine. What's nice is how earthy the hops are, too--is this what Crystal hops do? If so, I gotta get me some. The earth makes for a nice foundation for the other hop flavors.
M&D--Mouthfeel for me shines brightest. It's creamy and smooth as hell. Absolutely nothing demanding your palate with regard to the carbonation or overall feel. Complements the flavor profile perfectly.
Good drinkability, but, ok, I gotta say it: given the price point, given how hard this bugger is to get, is it /really/ that good? I smell hype, and it's a little rotten. I just don't see a marked difference between this beer and Sierra Nevada's wet hop harvest, and the latter's cheaper and more widely distributed (not to mention the lower ABV lets you drink more of it while still tasting its complexity). I guess the holy grail factor makes this beer more highly rated. Not that I'd turn it down. Ever. Clearly the product of a great deal of experience and precision. Tastes like what American craft brewing is all about.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2010 21:29:12 | More by TheycallmeTim
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