Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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3.25/5 rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Lovely rich warm golden color. Very clear. Big rocky head thet drops fast and leaves little lace.
It's got Simcoe all over it. Resin, desert sage, asparagus, frankincense, and ghee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghee). Malt aroma is there, but hard to pin down. It's supposedly 2 row, Crystal and Carapils, but the characters I get are Pilsner? Marris Otter? Special B?
Big front end hop bitterness. Lots of pine, citrus blossoms, almost hot feeling in the bittering. Malt is burried, but there are raisin notes (that's where I get the Special-B) and ghee again - and the heat of dextrose. Hugely hoppy - lands on the tongue like a flashbulb in the eyes.
Starts slippery and oily. The middle is astringent. The finish bitter and dry.
This is supposed to be a hop ride - and it meets its mark. There's Simcoe all over it and a couple other big C hops. If you like hops, this is a monster that will please you - especially when it warms. But there's a couple other hop monsters I've had that are more more balanced in their approach. PTE hits you like a 300 pound defensive lineman, where some other double IPAs have at least the grace of the dancing hippos in Disney's Fantasia.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2011 03:52:52 | More by dfernandez77
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