Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Eric and Doug for hooking me up with this as part of our trade. This is my last one so I figured I better review it before they're all gone. Cloudy orange-copper pour with decent head and great lacing. Lots of citrus in the big west coast nose. Huge tangerine and grapefruit aroma with a hint of pine and orange zest. A nice tangy hop bitterness is present and builds throughout, but is nicely offset by the sweet malts, making this a very well balanced beer. Nice crisp, dry finish, and the alcohol is almost non-existent for such a big beer. This is one of those scary drinkable beers and gets better as it warms. It reminds me a lot of Alesmith IPA, one of my favorite beers. I'd love to try this on tap. This beer lived up to the hype and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. Thanks again Eric and Doug!
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2010 16:33:54 | More by beerdrifter
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4.63/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Another beer I never expected to be able to try at least until the next trip to visit relatives in California. That I can do so now is thanks to the seemingly unbounded generosity of BigStein88.
Bottled 1/17/14. Nearly two months old, but I'm not unhappy with that considering it travelled from California to New England and changed hands again after that.
Poured from the 16.25 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint. Couldn't resist the irony.
a: Clear dark gold with a two inch tall white head which dissipated slowly to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.
s: Intense pine. Some floral notes.
t; Very smooth first impression, indefinable almost bubble gummy flavor followed by moderate hop bite and some floral notes. Bitterness lingers on the tongue but is mellowed by the floral aspect. Very "refined" tasting, although it becomes predictably rougher and more bitter as it warms. 8% alcohol? You've got to be kidding. Where?
m: Slickly smooth. Little carbonation.
o: If it's this good with nearly two months on it, what is it like fresh? Definitely one of the very best DIPAs I have had. Although the hope bite is less than some, it does not hang on and get annoying, and the pine and floral flavors makes this Pliny shine.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 04:32:38 | More by scotorum
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,422 ratings.