Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Whoa. This is one of those beers that smacks - no, whips- you in the face with a hop vine! I received a growler of this lovely beer from TheLongBeachBum, and was quite excited to have a Real West Coast Hop Bomb while on the East Coast. It almost doesn't feel right, but I think I can deal with it..
This one is still quite carbonated after a 3 day trek across the country, with a billowing fluffy sudsy white head, overflowing the glass on my second serving... oops. Otherwise, the color is dull orange, or amberish, and clear. Nice look for an IIPA.
Smells like a freakin HOP! Wow, I had this on tap in San Diego 6 months ago, but that was Six Months Ago! I didn't remember such a fresh monster hop aroma to this one. With a hint of malt, meekly hiding in the back. Again, a smack in the face. Taste is more of the same, but instead of a bitter taste, it's just HOPPY. Almost a piny taste, and grassy, VERY fresh. Malt finish with a sort of dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. I am a fan.
Mouthfeel- nice. Perfect. Still fizzy but not what I would call light. For all that flavor, not thick either. Drinkability- well, I already drank half the growler, but... it is 8%... so, a score of 4 for that. Tastes like I could drink it all day, but with the alcohol content (no alcohol taste) it could well get one in trouble. Overall it's a highly enjoyable brew, and I must thank Mr. LBB again for the growler. If you can get yer hands on this one, do so!!
Serving type: growler
10-15-2005 03:12:48 | More by erica
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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