Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by jdhowe:
4.51/5 rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I should note that Pliny (the Elder) is not a beer I have traditionally thought as highly of as many of my IPA-loving friends. But I do need to start critically tasting and reviewing beers, and what better to start with than this staple brew.
Bottled on 04/17/2013 -- the freshest Pliny the Elder I've had to date excepting perhaps a draft from which I don't know the date.
A: crystal clear, beautiful yellow/amber pour with a finger of off-white head dissipating to a good lacing around the glass with a thin film of head persisting. Definitely one of the prettier IPAs, largely due to its clarity.
S: Sweetness, hops, pine, and grapefruit/citrus. Very appealing.
T: This is where Pliny for me starts to get unexceptional. A fine body for a DIPA, but many of the flavors I expect from the nose just don't show through as prominently as I'd like. Instead, I get a somewhat weaker rendition of each flavor with a lot of alcohol and a bit of malt showing up toward the near the back of the tongue. Within seconds after the tasting, but not immediately, comes the bitterness that to me makes Elder just that bit worse than Younger, which lacks the bitter finish and is instead a little more full and syrupy with hop flavors.
M: Crisp, very carbonated, drinkable, and smooth. Not as much oily hop character as I would like.
O: A very good beer, and one that has slowly been moving up in my opinion. This is probably the 6th or 7th time I've had Elder, and while I wouldn't say this is my favorite (this bottle seems a little weaker in the flavor than some of the other bottles I've had), it is definitely a very good DIPA. I wish there was a little less bitterness in the aftertaste and maybe a fuller body. I feel like Younger does this right, but it is unfortunately hell to obtain.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2013 05:32:13 | More by jdhowe
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4.83/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Thanks to my California trade connection(Jesse) for this one!
1 pint, 1.25 oz(510ml) brown bottle with a beautiful Russian River shape. This is what we've come to know Pliny the Elder to look like bottle wise. Beautiful green label with a red and white logo. Bottle informs you to drink this stuff fresh multiple times. Really a genius bottling. Poured into a large nonic pint glass.
A - yellow golden body with highlights of orange throughout. Nice haze and very active. White head poured very nice before settling into a ring of lace covering the top of its golden body. Very nice stick clings to the walls of the glass. Just a beautiful dipa. It's haze and glows in the light while providing a big active bubble effect on the pour.
S - the best nose I've ever whiffed. There is some classic hop notes up front with pine and grapefruit but turns quickly to big bold fruitiness of passion fruit, pineapple, and a touch of mango. It's actually west coast meets tropical sweetness. Just damn brilliant. Sweet malts and a hint of grain mellow everything out in the best possible way imaginable. This has big hop aromas balanced quite nicely and gets the nose across in a massive but a very smooth character.
T - wow.. I don't think I can stop drinking this to review it! It's that good. Bitter grapefruit, pine and faint grass notes to start only to make way for a gushing fruitiness of pineapple, passion fruit, soft mango, and pear. Fruity and citric! The hops are complex but there's so much going on with the fruitiness that the pine and grapefruit almost seem sweet. Pale malts paired with big bready malts give Pliny the Elder a balance unlike any other. Hop forward but with sweet malt undertones just sit Pliny apart from the rest of the world. Fruity alcohol esters, Resinous hop notes and fresh dankness sit in the finish and just make it impossible not to take the next sip.
M - big medium body and right down scary in texture and thickness. This is one of the greatest feels I've ever had. It's big and flavorful yet thick enough to add a crazy smoothness. It coats and drinks like a dipa should. Not overbearing but just down right luscious and delicious. The absolute best!
O - I have my favorite beers but Pliny the Elder is of another breed. This is hands down the greatest beer ever created and the best dipa in the world. It's just scary good and it oozes class. The sort of world class liquid we all strive to find. I am amazed every single time I have this, and we are lucky to have such a grand offering available in the world of craft beer today. Pliny the Elder is a treat and I look forward to drinking this again soon. If you love dipa's then you must seek this one out! It's just one of those experiences everyone should have at some point. Thank you Russian River for creating and delivering such an awesome ale!
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 15:04:07 | More by BradtheGreat7
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
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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