Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 8,466 | Reviews: 3,033 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ryan1788a5:
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
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer is pure perfection in a Double IPA, the hops burst out in a perfect symphony of flavor leaving wants and needs for more on my tongue! A warm finish sets nicely in my beer belly and a desire to down endless glasses of this is set in motion! I reccomend this over any and all double's!
Serving type: on-tap
03-14-2014 13:16:08 | More by TapTitan
3.63/5 rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I know we don't need another person to review Pliny, but…
A Very nice golden orange with some nice bubbling and lacing around the glass-good amount of head
S Intense pine with an assortment of hop varietals.
T Very piney up front, a bit rounded out by malt. Very clean aftertaste and very drinkable.
M Very delicate and very well balanced in terms of the carbonation. This is very pleasant on the palate.
O I think this is a great beer in terms of the drinkability; however, I think that this beer could be a little more complex. I think this is a very pine forward beer and that the hop varietals do not offer anything aside from said pine. I would like to see some citrus or a bit more malt. Overall, this is a fine beer, albeit a bit less complex and compelling than the populace at large might assert.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 03:23:45 | More by BingCrosby7
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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