Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 8,769 | Reviews: 3,059 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by brewsclues:
4.93/5 rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
On-tap at Apex in Portland, Oregon. Thanks to JA for buying - I'll get the next round, brother.
Didn't think I'd get a chance to have PtE anytime soon, let alone on-tap. As the 2,768th person to review this beer, not sure how much I can add to the discussion, but I won't let that stop me.
Insanely drinkable. For some reason I was expecting this to be a behemoth, monstrosity of a brew with hop-tentacles coming out of the bottle when I opened it, but the bitterness is incredibly balanced and palatable. Lots of pineapple on the nose - that's a distinguishing characteristic that sets it apart from other IPAs I've had. Crisp, and refreshing for 8.0% IPA - mouthfeel is awesome, leaving almost no trace of resin-y after-effects. It's really a light, sessionable ale without sacrificing any of the backbone that a ballsy beer like this should have.
[(Respect the sidebar) - IPA brewers, take note: a beer can be world-class without slaughtering you over the head with a hop blast that will melt your face. Just saying.]
Hype? Plenty of it. Be it known that there are many, many delicious IPAs out there, but it's unlikely that you'll find too many better than this one. An OG (Original Gangstah, not Gravity) on the scene - lives up to the hype, and then some. Shipping a couple bombers back to the East Coast with me.
Serving type: on-tap
09-19-2012 02:43:00 | More by brewsclues
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pliny is the finest beer I've ever tasted. For a 2X IPA it's as crisp and refreshing as it gets... for ANY beer. Some people say it's overhyped, which I don't agree with, but it depends on what type of beer you like. If you're an IPA fan and you think this beer is overhyped then I don't sympathize. But if IPA's aren't your thing then I can see how you might not appreciate it as much as someone like me who drinks almost exclusively IPA's. It is so perfectly balanced and smooth. Hoppy, citrusy, fresh, and perfect all come to mind every time I have a Pliny.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 02:59:31 | More by wcoastbeerlover
4.95/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I am lucky enough to have enjoyed Pliny countless times both in the bottle and on draught. First time was several years ago and every time I get a glass of it I take 2-3 whiffs of it before even taking a sip. That's how good this beer is. If you haven't tried it beg borrow or steal to try this one!
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 03:43:18 | More by Kramerwtmf
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,769 ratings.