Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Huge thanks to the sommelier at my local grocery, Bruce, for pulling me aside and letting me know he got his hands on some of these. I've been wanting to try this for some time but it is hard to find in Washington state.
Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Smell is of high alpha percentage hops showing acidity and grapefruit. Not much malt character in the nose coming from the pale malts. Appearance is very clear with the proper amount of carbonation for the style and shows decent lacing. Taste is very one dimensional of over hopped grapefruit apparent in high abu offerings. The offering is crisp and clean and well balanced but lacks complexity. Mouthfeel is smooth and stays the same from the front to the back of the tongue and lingers powerfully. Drinkability depends on the desire for the lingering of fresh pinestraw.
I can understand the advantage of this beer among the style, as is it is clean and crisp. In my opinion it doesnt offer the complexity you would seek among the top beers of the world.
Update 8/11/09: Revisited this beer at a lower temperature given my rating is off from the norm. It is much smoother not showing the inordinate bite but masks the slight complexity that it offered at the higher temperature more complex offerings usually shine in, but improved drinkability. I've heard of strawberry tones but knowing the ingredients and yeast, feel that is a bit of a stretch. Perhaps fermented at higher temperatures and changing the yeast offering. Really solid imperial IPA but again, very straight forward. Should have accolades for the style, but definitely not even remotely close to a world class beer as this style is not suited for the highest rankings.
This beer in the top 50 beers is beyond laughable and 100% completely due to ignorance. Learn to brew and this is not a hard beer to duplicate or even improve. Try brewing an authentic world class Belgian quad.
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2009 05:28:43 | More by lifeboyq
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4.51/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
After several months of searching, I finally found the mythical Pliny the Elder that I was starting to doubt even existed. Pangaea Bier Cafe in Sacramento has it on tap.
So... it pours a beautiful gold.. crystal clear.. I talk a lot about balance in the beers that I review and this one had perfect balance. Hops, grain, malt.. they finely crafted this one in every sense of the word. Head was a little light, but tight foams. Mouthfeel was very good for the hops which blended perfectly. finish was smooth. Is it the best beer in America? Um... no. Very very good, I would have it again and was able to buy a couple of bottles at a nearby store (2 bottle limit), but does it live up to the hype? Nope. The marketing strategy (and the limits on purchase) were brilliant and they have feed into the hype very well.... being from Utah it was my mission (pun intended) to find this beer and see for myself.. but honestly.. I think there must be a better beer out there somewhere (and for the styles I prefer, I have found a few)..
Serving type: on-tap
07-30-2014 06:58:29 | More by Curtis
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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