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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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
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