Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by jgasparine:
4.75/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to Johnny O for this gift!
A- Poured from the bottle with a massive off-white rocky head over mildly carbonated orange-amber colored body. The head recedes to reveal some nice lacing.
S- This smells just like a bucketfull of fresh-picked sticky hop cones. I have never smelled such a wonderful hop character in a finished beer. The hops come through as piney, vegetal and earthy all at the same time. Not to say that the malt isn't there- a substantial crackerlike- almost nutty malt quality to the nose as well. Amazing.
T- I was bracing myself for some of that citrus-rind bitterness associated with big West Coast IPAs, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this beer to be a wonderful replicate of the nose. As a matter of fact, nothing about this beer struck me with the impression of citrus rind- it was all massive piney, vegetal and earthy hop flavor, with a big nutty malt backbone. The finish is equally impressive- the hops linger like a resin on the tongue long after each sip- one of the longest-lived finishes I have ever experienced in a finished beer.
M- A medium-plus body with a nice soft carbonation. Mild astringency, as to be expected from a DIPA. Surprisingly no EtOH heat detected.
D- Dangerously drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2011 17:38:13 | More by jgasparine
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4.23/5 rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours lighter than expected with a white, fluffy head that quickly gives way to the army of bubbles marching to the top of the glass. A big, fruity nose, expected from one of the world's best IPAs, is no less welcome without the surprise. Bright grapefruit, pine, and lemon notes dance up from the glass. Even the bottle cap smells like delicious hops
The first sip is "wow" smooth. Grapefruit and pineapple -- hello, citrus -- are predominant, and the earthy, forest-floor flavors that you get from some IPAs, even good ones, are absent. I expected balanced and bitter, but I didn't expect the mouthfeel to be so light. For an IPA of 8 percent and around 100 IBUs, this is just about perfect.
I've had a lot of good IPAs this year, but Pliny stands out as one I could happily drink day in and day out without growing weary.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 03:17:11 | More by Dave_Sutula
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,654 ratings.