Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by jpbebeau:
4.4/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
1st review, ever—forgive the inexperience. Made it a Pliny, which I was excited to pick up recently. Bottled 10/25/11.
A: Pours a clear golden amber into my new Duvel tulip; small carbonation bubbles release from the center. First pour failed to produce much of a head due to user error—and split w/ my wife—but I bought a few bottles and cracked open the second tonight as well. A nice one-and-a-half-finger head on the second pour, slowly dissipating as I sip, but clinging consistently and frothily to the side of the glass.
S: Maybe I'm a bit congested, but I wasn't overwhelmed by the aroma. A pleasant floral smell. My wife caught a bit of honey, and I'm inclined to agree, but only after hearing her say it. Picking up some melon toward the end of the glass.
T: Strikes the palate with a hint of sweetness, giving way to a quick bit of malt and then the bitterness of the hops, which never threaten to overwhelm me, but remain pleasantly present for a few moments after I swallow. Getting a little grapefruit at the end, too. Though I can feel the alcohol—now into my second glass—I'm not tasting it. Hops calm even further as the beer warms and I reach the bottom of the glass.
M: Full-bodied; a comfortable middle ground that's neither too thick or too thin. Little, if any, carbonation—but certainly not flat feeling.
O: All-around, a highly-enjoyable DIPA. I can see why it's so highly regarded, but I was expecting to have my mind blown, and didn't.
I remember really enjoying a Firestone Walker Double Jack I had a couple months back, and I'd be curious to try it again with the same critical/less-inebriated eye I've turned to the Pliny.
This was my first attempt at a beer review, and I was hesitant to display my ignorance, particularly on such a revered beer. But I was glad I did, as doing so made me slow down and savor the beer, exploring its intricacies and appreciating what it had to offer.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2011 04:50:17 | More by jpbebeau
More User Reviews:
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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