Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 9,886 | Reviews: 3,126 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by botham:
4.8/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a rich golden color with two fingers of pillowy white head. solid lacings and great retention.
aroma explodes with hop oils, very dry and piney in the nose with a subtle spicyness. very concentrated and fresh in the nose without any alcohol showing. solid.
taste is mildly bitter and concentrated with lots of hop notes and a subtle sweetness and spice that plays off of the hops. the odd thing is, this brew is so complete in nature that there is no one aspect that should be amplified or pulled back. very bitter with mainly piney hops and a bit of a citrus note as well. in the end, the brew is not overly bitter or to hoppy, but just right.
mouthfeel is great. full bodied and almost chewy from all of the hops. dry and bitter finish with residual hop oils coating the mouth.
drinkability is decent. the sheer level of hops found here make this a huge DIPA with tons of hops and a bitter profile. the composition is well put together and fresh. an excellent brew. another solid example from Russian River. cheers!
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2009 14:14:34 | More by botham
More User Reviews:
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 9,886 ratings.