Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.51/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16.9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottled 3/5/13.
A: Bright copper/golden color with a striking clarity. Three fingers of creamy, eggshell-white head retains very well. Lacing Is spotty. easily one of the best looking IPAs out there.
S: Fresh hop bouquet of mango, melon, pineapple, white grapefruit, and a slew of other tropical fruits. Somewhat dank. Oily, leafy, herbal edge. Aromatic pine needles. Just the slightest whiff of a shortbread/biscuit malt base.
T: Pine up front. Spicy, herbal, and leafy as well. Gripping, oily bitterness. Hemp seed. Bitter grapefruit. Bursts of mandarin orange, mango, and other tropical fruits. Very well-hidden alcohol presence carries tropical esters of pineapple and star fruit with it. Peppery. The malt base is barely a factor, with just a slight taste of toasted biscuit coming through. The finish is all hops, and the gripping spicy, herbal hop oils don't want to let go.
M: Medium bodied. Creamy and full-ish. A restrained stroke of prickling carbonation supports nicely. Very smooth. Great.
O: When talking about West Coast IPAs and DIPAs, this is the standard to which all are measured. Rightfully so. It's pretty much perfect from stem to stern. An extremely well-crafted beer, and one that can scratch that hop itch like no other.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2012 14:59:36 | More by ryan1788a5
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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