Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.72/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Ah, the Elder. I have had this twice before, but it was quite some time ago when I was just really getting into craft beer. While I know I enjoyed it immensely, and it was well worth the hunt (big thanks to the good people at City Beer Store in SF for helping me acquire it when I was down there), I didn't have the foresight to review it. Well, the generous leschkie sent me a bottle as an extra, so now I have the opportunity to revisit this one properly. Thank you very much Kurtis! This one was bottled on 06/29/2011 and consumed on 07/15/2011; this review is from my notes.
This beast pours a hazy copper and yellow colored body with about a half inch of foamy, sticky, ghost white head. Ample wet lacing is left in its wake. The nose is greeted with a blast of lemon, grapefruit, other citrus, and hops. Some grass, straw, and piney scents make up the rear. Already, this one screams "big, west-coast DIPA." The taste begins with a rush of bitter hops, pine, and straw before lemon and citrus take over. Really just a well balanced, thought out brew. Being so fresh, the malt is nearly indistinguishable, and that is perfectly fine. I wouldn't change a thing about this tasteful experience. Mouth is crisp, refreshing, hop-sweltering, and finishes a touch dry. Overall, an incredible DIPA that lives up to its legacy.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2011 00:17:10 | More by eclipse54
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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