Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I've had this a few times before on tap, but always after drinking something else...so not sure if those tastings really did it justice. But today I had a plan to find some at Beverage Warehouse...and they actually had it! And to celebrate my fortuitous find...I am going to drink it. Sweet. Poured into my nonic which was just the right size for the whole pint and a bit.
A: Yellowish orange and fairly clear. It's a bit hazy I guess...you can't see through it. Not much head, I got about one finger of whitish head that quickly faded. Very nice lacing on the sides though. Just a typical looking IIPA.
S: The smell is almost all hops, strongly citrus and floral. There is a bit of sweetness, but I think that's from the floral hops more than anything else.
T: Opening has a touch of sweetness that I would describe as orangey, but I wonder if it's just a little hop sweetness. The hop character is mostly floral to me with a bit of grapefruit. The sweet citrus flavor is present throughout and gives a nice balance.
MF: Medium bodied, a bit syrupy. Carbonation is there but it's pretty low. Hops are a bit astrigent but not as much as some others. Finish is quite wet, aside from a bit of dryness from the hops. This is a beer that you want to sip and savor, but the feel makes it easy to glug.
D: The drinkability of this beer is sickening. The balance of flavors is just superb. There's really no telling where the malt ends and the hops begin, which I feel is pretty rare for this style. And yet I don't feel like the hops are toned down...no question this pleases the hop head in me. The alcohol is not particularly high for a DIPA, either, so a couple pints of this wouldn't be out of the question. This is truly a beer that lives up to the hype, and truly one of the best in the style. I am thrilled beyond words that they're actually bottling and distributing this widely enough that I can pick it up in LA.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2008 05:02:19 | More by rxdrewthejew
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