Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.68/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pliny the Elder!
22 days old and from the trade who did this in person, never not refrigerated/cooled outside of a short plane trip.
Pours a crystal clear body, only a few random bubbles are coming up here, nearly dead, and clarity like few other double IPAs. The white head is there and certainly seems to cling to the glass. A part of seem is impressed with the perfection in clarity, and part of me wanted something more.
Wonderfully balanced hops and malt in the nose, grape fruit, pine pine apples, and just well balanced.
Pliny has a bite and I mean a BITE from the hops, but it falls back into a mellow creamy malt bed that is simply dreamy. This is an amazingly different double IPA for me. It doesn’t really take on the grapefruit citrus notes nor does it swing to the fruity floral or even the piny. The malt wonderfully blends with the bite of the hops and give off a wonderfully, perfectly balanced double IPA. Often I feel critical of double IPAs for their great many flaws, this one shows how right I am to be critical.
Light for a double, but simply right in so many ways. I really want more people to think of this is how double IPAs should be in mouth feel.
I suppose I expected my life to change after having this. I guess that was a but lofty to expect, but still this is wonderful...amazing beer! I still rank fresh dreadnaught a hair above this, and I think hopslam’s sweeter heavier nature has traits that far surpass this, but this is simply amazing beer. I think this is one of the few examples of a beer that attempts to match stone’s dominance of IPAs without over charging or under producing.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2011 01:35:22 | More by bobhits
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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