Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by dciBA:
3.85/5 rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into my dfh snifter. The slightest foamy white forms but disappears quickly after a vigorous pour. Only heard the slightest hiss when the cap was popped. Hardly any bubbles rising. Fairly clear amber color.
Smell is pleasant but fairly muted. Some hops but more bready, sweet malt than anything.
Taste starts off with a decent amount of grapefruit hops. A solid sweet malt flavor quickly takes over. As the beer goes down your lift with quite a bit of bitterness on the sides of your tongue. Hop flavor improves as it warms but is never all that strong.
Mouthfeel is fairly thin which doesn't bother me with this style. The lack of carbonation leaves the beer feeling flat and lifeless though. Finish is quite dry considering the sweet, malty flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. I'd like to try a super fresh example sometime but I think this is as fresh as it gets here on the opposite coast.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2011 17:00:33 | More by dciBA
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5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is know my favorite beer of all time. I just found out that this was made by accident? This beer is better than the younger but not by much. Well worth the hype. I have not tried this in bottles but the draft is second to none. Phily is the Only place outside of the west coast to get it.
Serving type: on-tap
03-10-2014 17:50:29 | More by peacemakers48
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 8,433 ratings.