Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by rxdrewthejew:
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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4.83/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Thanks to my California trade connection(Jesse) for this one!
1 pint, 1.25 oz(510ml) brown bottle with a beautiful Russian River shape. This is what we've come to know Pliny the Elder to look like bottle wise. Beautiful green label with a red and white logo. Bottle informs you to drink this stuff fresh multiple times. Really a genius bottling. Poured into a large nonic pint glass.
A - yellow golden body with highlights of orange throughout. Nice haze and very active. White head poured very nice before settling into a ring of lace covering the top of its golden body. Very nice stick clings to the walls of the glass. Just a beautiful dipa. It's haze and glows in the light while providing a big active bubble effect on the pour.
S - the best nose I've ever whiffed. There is some classic hop notes up front with pine and grapefruit but turns quickly to big bold fruitiness of passion fruit, pineapple, and a touch of mango. It's actually west coast meets tropical sweetness. Just damn brilliant. Sweet malts and a hint of grain mellow everything out in the best possible way imaginable. This has big hop aromas balanced quite nicely and gets the nose across in a massive but a very smooth character.
T - wow.. I don't think I can stop drinking this to review it! It's that good. Bitter grapefruit, pine and faint grass notes to start only to make way for a gushing fruitiness of pineapple, passion fruit, soft mango, and pear. Fruity and citric! The hops are complex but there's so much going on with the fruitiness that the pine and grapefruit almost seem sweet. Pale malts paired with big bready malts give Pliny the Elder a balance unlike any other. Hop forward but with sweet malt undertones just sit Pliny apart from the rest of the world. Fruity alcohol esters, Resinous hop notes and fresh dankness sit in the finish and just make it impossible not to take the next sip.
M - big medium body and right down scary in texture and thickness. This is one of the greatest feels I've ever had. It's big and flavorful yet thick enough to add a crazy smoothness. It coats and drinks like a dipa should. Not overbearing but just down right luscious and delicious. The absolute best!
O - I have my favorite beers but Pliny the Elder is of another breed. This is hands down the greatest beer ever created and the best dipa in the world. It's just scary good and it oozes class. The sort of world class liquid we all strive to find. I am amazed every single time I have this, and we are lucky to have such a grand offering available in the world of craft beer today. Pliny the Elder is a treat and I look forward to drinking this again soon. If you love dipa's then you must seek this one out! It's just one of those experiences everyone should have at some point. Thank you Russian River for creating and delivering such an awesome ale!
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 15:04:07 | More by BradtheGreat7
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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