Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by kevanb:
4.83/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
It pours a really lovely golden copper color that’s not too clear, but not too opaque. Atop the beer sits a single finger of soapy foam head. The nose is incredible, it starts with a huge citrus burst followed by a nice coniferous backbone with hints of malt. The flavors are exceptional, lots of grapefruit up front and like the nose it finishes with strong pine flavors but actually has a nice malty backbone to it. The body is great, big and full yet bone dry that leaves your mouth salivating for more. It’s exceptionally bitter while being very approachable and easy to drink.
Verdict: This is holy grail of IPAs. It’s bone dry, immensely flavorful and beautifully balanced. This beer is a must for any hop head and anyone who appreciates the craft in craft beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2011 02:21:17 | More by kevanb
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5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is know my favorite beer of all time. I just found out that this was made by accident? This beer is better than the younger but not by much. Well worth the hype. I have not tried this in bottles but the draft is second to none. Phily is the Only place outside of the west coast to get it.
Serving type: on-tap
03-10-2014 17:50:29 | More by peacemakers48
4.63/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Another beer I never expected to be able to try at least until the next trip to visit relatives in California. That I can do so now is thanks to the seemingly unbounded generosity of BigStein88.
Bottled 1/17/14. Nearly two months old, but I'm not unhappy with that considering it travelled from California to New England and changed hands again after that.
Poured from the 16.25 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint. Couldn't resist the irony.
a: Clear dark gold with a two inch tall white head which dissipated slowly to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.
s: Intense pine. Some floral notes.
t; Very smooth first impression, indefinable almost bubble gummy flavor followed by moderate hop bite and some floral notes. Bitterness lingers on the tongue but is mellowed by the floral aspect. Very "refined" tasting, although it becomes predictably rougher and more bitter as it warms. 8% alcohol? You've got to be kidding. Where?
m: Slickly smooth. Little carbonation.
o: If it's this good with nearly two months on it, what is it like fresh? Definitely one of the very best DIPAs I have had. Although the hope bite is less than some, it does not hang on and get annoying, and the pine and floral flavors makes this Pliny shine.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 04:32:38 | More by scotorum
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,444 ratings.