Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by kagent777:
4.9/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 01-03-12, about six weeks old poured into my beer goblet. I wish I could get this local, but I understand that Utah would destroy this beer by storing it at room temperature for weeks before it made its way to room temperature stores. So I bought it in Denver this weekend and brought it home. I have wanted to try this for a long time.
Appearance: A very nice light golden with a slight haze, I suspect from the yeast. The head was one finger thick and white and left lacing as it went.
Smell: Pine and citric hops. A malt back bone that can be smelled as well. A touch of alcohol.
Taste: This would be bitter to someone who did not know what to expect. I, on the other hand, do not think that this is out of balance at all. The biscuit maltiness stands up to the bitterness of the hops. The pine tastes are noticed on the front end and then the citrus notes show up at the back. The beer has a little sweetness at the front and then dries out during the long finish.
Mouthfeel: Middle to heavy on the body with perfect balancing carbonation.
Overall: I am happy to have had this. It can easily define the DIPA style for me , as well as many others. That being said, there are many DIPAs that are equally as good, but maybe without the pedigree. I will have a hard time obtaining this in Utah, until I travel some more. I will not seek this out until I travel because we have a few in Utah that are only right behind Pliny, IMHO.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 01:34:24 | More by kagent777
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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.