Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by hoptrip619:
4.08/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
For several years I thought this beer was the be all end all IPA and it was. Recently, I've noticed the hop aroma and flavor has become less prominent.
This review is based on my two most recent encounters with PtE at Hamilton's Tavern and the Neighborhood.
A- Pours a deep golden color with minimal head and slightly sticky lacing.
S- Floral and citrus hops are still there but much less assertive than in the past. There is some sweet malt aromas mixed in that weren't always so prominent.
T- I still really like the flavor of PtE more than other IPA's on the market but there is a lot more residual malt sweetness nowadays. The zesty citrus and floral hop flavors are still there but it isn't as dry.
M - Medium with appropriate carbonation
D- Still one of my favorites but obviously the increase in production has caused a slight slip in overall quality.
Serving type: on-tap
06-24-2010 16:46:57 | More by hoptrip619
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4.51/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
After several months of searching, I finally found the mythical Pliny the Elder that I was starting to doubt even existed. Pangaea Bier Cafe in Sacramento has it on tap.
So... it pours a beautiful gold.. crystal clear.. I talk a lot about balance in the beers that I review and this one had perfect balance. Hops, grain, malt.. they finely crafted this one in every sense of the word. Head was a little light, but tight foams. Mouthfeel was very good for the hops which blended perfectly. finish was smooth. Is it the best beer in America? Um... no. Very very good, I would have it again and was able to buy a couple of bottles at a nearby store (2 bottle limit), but does it live up to the hype? Nope. The marketing strategy (and the limits on purchase) were brilliant and they have feed into the hype very well.... being from Utah it was my mission (pun intended) to find this beer and see for myself.. but honestly.. I think there must be a better beer out there somewhere (and for the styles I prefer, I have found a few)..
Serving type: on-tap
07-30-2014 06:58:29 | More by Curtis
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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