Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by jzeilinger:
4.75/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Was on the west coast last week on business and finally had a chance to try this very sought after D-IPA. Had on tap and also in the bottle, I much prefer the tap version, for this review, it's a bottle version.
Poured a hazy bright orange in my glass with no head and ever so slight lacing around the glass. I was surprised, I thought a double IPA of this magnitude would have been a little darker, it's quite light colored. The smell of this brew is what I really love, it wreaks of grapefruit, pine, slight apricot (but very, very faint). The aroma of this beer is among the hoppiest I've ever smelled, typical of the west coast IPA style and exactly the style of IPA's that I've grown to love so much. At the first sip there's a very quick undertone of malt followed by the same piney citrus notes picked up by your nose. The malt is just faint enough underneath as the hops roll over the top of your tongue to show the malts who's boss here! The mouthfeel is medium to light medium body and just a hint of carbonated bubbles hit the tongue as it goes down. I would prefer more texture on my tongue as it's a little on the thin side. This beer is incredibly drinkable and one that I would love to keep in my fridge year around. Unfortunately, being on the east coast, this one is a little tougher to find.
I did purchase a case of this last week in California and brought it home, I was very surprised at how reasonably priced it was considering the status of this beer. Granted, it wasn't cheap, but for what I paid for it, it definitely was reasonable. Pliny is exceptional, but with the number of talented brewers out there, it definitely stands out in the crowd but not heads and shoulders above the rest. It's perhaps a little bit hyped but I have to say I really enjoyed it. If you're not a hop head, run away, this beer isn't for you. I absolutely love this one.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2009 00:16:30 | More by jzeilinger
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I know we don't need another person to review Pliny, but…
A Very nice golden orange with some nice bubbling and lacing around the glass-good amount of head
S Intense pine with an assortment of hop varietals.
T Very piney up front, a bit rounded out by malt. Very clean aftertaste and very drinkable.
M Very delicate and very well balanced in terms of the carbonation. This is very pleasant on the palate.
O I think this is a great beer in terms of the drinkability; however, I think that this beer could be a little more complex. I think this is a very pine forward beer and that the hop varietals do not offer anything aside from said pine. I would like to see some citrus or a bit more malt. Overall, this is a fine beer, albeit a bit less complex and compelling than the populace at large might assert.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 03:23:45 | More by BingCrosby7
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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