Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by pmoore311:
4.68/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
I have finally had the opportunity to try this elusive beer. Bottle on date of 2/7/10.
Appearance - Amazing clear amber color, creamy white head and lots of small bubbles.
Smell - Smell is great, though if I can find a flaw in this beer, I prefer the more floral nose of some of the other DIPAs out there, particularly Hopslam seems to take this category for me.
Taste - WOW, WOW, WOW, piney resinous hops, with some citrus and pineapple. The middle and finish are very dry to let the hops shine.
Mouthfeel - PERFECT, stinging light carbonation compliment the in your face hops.
Drinkability - Well the hops would really take a toll on the mouth but I could easily drink a bottle probably 2 in a sitting.
Overall this one lived up to the hype for me. Being from Michigan I have always stayed away from the Pliny vs. Hopslam debate because I had yet to try Pliny. Hopslam edges it out in the smell category, but overall I would have to give credit where credit is due and Pliny is a really really well crafted DIPA, and can say the best I have had to date although by a much closer margin than many people may think over Hopslam. To me the difference maker is I really prefer the dryer finish of the Pliny. Hopslam has a slightly sweeter taste and is certainly a top contender in the style.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2011 22:55:26 | More by pmoore311
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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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