Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 8,477 | Reviews: 3,033 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by dpasotti:
4.58/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Mostly transparent gold-orange in appearance. Adequate head that levels out to a dense ivory ring that leaves super-thick sheets of lace. Mmmm: Candied pineapple and other tropical fruit dominates the aroma, with some citrus and a little pine underneath. There is a very unique depth to the nose -- it is quite different depending on how far the glass is from your face (more Centennial-like sweet orange from far away and resiny Simcoe up close). No malt to be found, which suits Pliny well. Amazing nose.
Serious hop complexity on the palate. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but much more intense. While still more tropical than citrusy, the oranges and grapefruits come forward significantly compared to the aroma. There is so much fruit flavor that it evokes a slight sense of sweetness. This and just a bit of pale malt sweetness help assuage the hefty but smooth bitterness. Just delicious.
The medium carbonation is perfect. The body is on the higher side of medium, and is light enough to make this beer quite drinkable. Overall an absolutely outstanding beer. Not much more to be said...
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2011 01:30:29 | More by dpasotti
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer is pure perfection in a Double IPA, the hops burst out in a perfect symphony of flavor leaving wants and needs for more on my tongue! A warm finish sets nicely in my beer belly and a desire to down endless glasses of this is set in motion! I reccomend this over any and all double's!
Serving type: on-tap
03-14-2014 13:16:08 | More by TapTitan
3.63/5 rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I know we don't need another person to review Pliny, but…
A Very nice golden orange with some nice bubbling and lacing around the glass-good amount of head
S Intense pine with an assortment of hop varietals.
T Very piney up front, a bit rounded out by malt. Very clean aftertaste and very drinkable.
M Very delicate and very well balanced in terms of the carbonation. This is very pleasant on the palate.
O I think this is a great beer in terms of the drinkability; however, I think that this beer could be a little more complex. I think this is a very pine forward beer and that the hop varietals do not offer anything aside from said pine. I would like to see some citrus or a bit more malt. Overall, this is a fine beer, albeit a bit less complex and compelling than the populace at large might assert.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 03:23:45 | More by BingCrosby7
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,477 ratings.