Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.7/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Got this awesome-o surprise as an extra from Solomon420, thanks again Damian! I've been holding this beast in anticipation for a short while, and today was my son's first birthday so I decided to crack it. Imagine a kid getting locked in a candy store but also have the unfortunate disadvantage of diabetes or something, that's what it was like not just destroying this beer immediately.
A: It's got a strangely erotic bright orange color with some light haze and light frothy head that sticks around lightly. Super clear color. Even my eyes are thanking me.
N: Hops just dominate and the pine and citrus just rip my nostrils ashunder. The light malty goodness and slight sweetness also dance around the nose, but the added slight grapefruit at the end add a nice touch. A gentle floral adds lightly to it. Earthy beast-like hops ravage my nose, with lots of fresh hop oils.
T: OK, after months of waiting (since I first setup the trade, not waiting on this beer) its time... guhhh, groggle, slurp, very wet and juicy hop burst, not so much of the crazy pine and dryness as expected, its got a delicate citrus grapefruit and slight malty body, perhaps some tropical juicy hop as well. A nice poignant zip. Theres a touch of spicey hops and earthy tones that seem to build up the more you drink it. But there are some nice piny citrus hops as well. This seems to touch each category of hops except grassy. The alcohol is hidden very well.
M: A light malty body with some light carbonation, a slight sticky and juicy feel.
F: Huge hop smash towards the end, lots of bitterness with citrus and pine but still pretty juicy, slightly dry but doesn't dry out as much as I thought it would for the huge hop kick. The intense bitterness fades quickly leaving you begging for more and ready for the next sip. It's got a big juicy slab in the middle of the end that just makes the drinkibility astronomical. I'm just slamming this thing back like it's going out of business, which is dangerous for 8%.
Final thoughts: This is an incredible beer, as expected. I had huge hopes and it didn't smash them. Perhaps could have used a slight more malt (I'll prolly get reamed for that) but thats IMHO. The hops and flavors are so balanced that it was just amazing to keep drinking and drinking. So many different hop flavors that balance out well and come from every angle, like getting gang jumped. I can't wait to get more. It's almost as if someone juiced a grapefruit using a pine cone made of love and ecstasy. I feel like a hopped hippie after drinking this!
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2009 22:05:02 | More by jlindros
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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
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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