Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by erz316:
4.7/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
500ml, bottled on 05.26.09, served into leffe snifter. bought on ebay from lakerfan858.
A - a mid honey orange colour with a light cream-orange head, big crackly foam on top but the bottom is made of small bubbles. head doesnt form all that well, but it eventually does and retains very well. a pleasing colour for the body, sunset orange-yellow; it is the head that keeps this one from a perfect look.
S - amazing nose: apricots, alcohol, pine resin. the sweetness of the apricots blends perfectly with the piney, floral hops. maybe some grapefruit or lime rind.
T - the taste is good, but could be a bit more powerful. intial tastes are of light grassy/piney hops, slight apricot (though more like dried ones now, no sweetness), and some malt keeping the background lightly sweet. its nothing I'm by which i'm overwhelmed, but it is a solid start. the hop to malt balance is impeccable, perfectly even, but I would want to see the hops be much stronger than the malts for an iipa. the balance is an interesting interpretation on ingredient ratio, and flawless if this is what they were going for. the finish sees the traces of grapefruit and lime come out, this is where the beer picks itself back up from the evenness of the initial taste. this ephemeral existance of the citrus fruits goes back into the pine/floral hops, all the while the malts are giving strong backing. the aftertaste is of resinous hops and of course a perfect malt balance. the only thing I would have liked to see is more of a hop dominance, but the flavours in this beer are so incredibly varied and intricate that any lack in the preference category easily brings up the rating.
MF&D - the feel is too thin for my tastes and should have been a bit thicker, though not like syrup; for this beer would not benefit from being a hop syrup: the malts are too well balanced. nevertheless I would have preferred to have seen this brew a bit thicker. otherwise the complexion is pefect! the beer is very well carbonated and the beer has just the right amount of creamy mouth-coating-ness.
An exceptional beer, indeed. though I was not taken aback like many others, I cannot deny the excellence of this beer, but that certain would make it even better.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2009 23:43:26 | More by erz316
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4.6/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A - A little light for an IPA, but looked very clear and very nice. Great amber color.
S - Hoppy and perfect for an IPA
T - Great. High on bitterness but not the bad kind.
M - The best part. Extremely light and smooth going down.
O - Worth the hype.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 15:57:51 | More by avwrite
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,789 ratings.