Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by sergeantstogie:
4.88/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottled on 062911.
As hard as it was to score the two bottles I really had to resist the urge to hold on to my bottles and give in to Vinnie's advice on the bottle to drink it fresh. I am very glad I did.
This has been a summer of many very good IPAs and IIPAs. The trend being bigger and bolder. My assumption was Pliny was going to be the biggest, baddest, boldest asskicker of an IIPA on the block. My first taste corrected that assumption and in the same moment gave me a more profound understanding of the other Russian River beers I have drank recently.
Pliny poured a gorgeous glowing gold. It looks like the mystery contents of Marcellus Wallace's brief case when viewed by Vincent Vega.
The smell is pure grapefruit.
The taste is grapefruit as well, but not over powering. Many of the IPAs and IIPAs I have had recently in brewpubs boast loud and proud about the perfection achieved in the balance of their product's bitterness, aroma and malt flavor. However, Pliny absolutely nails it. No one flavor is competing to out do any of the others. It is a very happy marriage of citrus, slight pine, tiny hint of dank and a ridiculously smooth and ever so sweet and clean malt background.
The mouthfeel is light and airy.
Overall, as I said in the beginning, this beer gave me a profound understanding of what exactly it is Vinnie is up to at Russian River. His beers are subtle in the way any man who is sure of his abilities can be subtle. In confidence, a well crafted beer can be flavorful, strong and smooth all at the same time. It is only when one of these qualities is out of balance that the need to call attention to itself arises. All of the Russian River beers I have had so far have shown this. Pliny better than the rest!
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2011 07:15:40 | More by sergeantstogie
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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