Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big thanks to locke459 for sending this along as an extra. I've had Pliny several times before, but have never gotten around to reviewing it. Consumed alongside Heady Topper for no particular reason.
The beer pours a clear yellow/gold with a white head. Smell is awesome, it's both grassy and citrusy and is quite strong, definitely the best part of the beer. Taste is a bit of a let-down after such a great smell. It's hoppy, that I can definitely say about it, but unfortunately, this beer is a bit one-dimensional. It's not particularly sweet or citrusy, and the bitterness definitely comes out here, especially when compared to Heady Topper which is so smooth and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, nothing particularly exciting or bad to say here.
Overall, as I've said many times, Pliny's not a bad beer, and if I had regular access to it, I'd probably drink it all the time. However, for me, a huge DIPA fan, this beer has always been a bit of a disappointment. I just don't understand the massive hype it gets, and when drinking it next to Heady Topper, it really pales in comparison. I'll always gladly drink Pliny, but the days of going out of my way for it are long gone.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2011 17:05:08 | More by starrdogg
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