Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 9,879 | Reviews: 3,126 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by steadydose:
4.75/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottled on 10/21/09
Poured pliny slowly into my tulip pint glass. Achieved a 2 finger thick off white cap, that receded after about 5 minutes, leaving some sticky lacing in its place. Body of the beer is amber w/ gold highlights when held up to the light. High clarity, looks good.
The moment I popped the bottle, I took a whiff and was hit in the nostrils with ripe juicy mango.
Sip after sip of this beer delivers clean hops, a touch of grapefruit bitterness w/ barely any noticeable sweetness. Just really clean from the start and finishes with a good amount of bitterness.
Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect. Good amount of fizz and a light body work well for this beer.
Drinkibility is perfect. I can and have drank pitchers of this beer. Not by myself of course, but pliny is definitely a beer I always have stocked in my mini fridge. From the aroma of mango, to the perfect amount of bittering and light body, I can't believe this beer is 8%. One of the best of the style.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2010 01:24:15 | More by steadydose
More User Reviews:
4.51/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
After several months of searching, I finally found the mythical Pliny the Elder that I was starting to doubt even existed. Pangaea Bier Cafe in Sacramento has it on tap.
So... it pours a beautiful gold.. crystal clear.. I talk a lot about balance in the beers that I review and this one had perfect balance. Hops, grain, malt.. they finely crafted this one in every sense of the word. Head was a little light, but tight foams. Mouthfeel was very good for the hops which blended perfectly. finish was smooth. Is it the best beer in America? Um... no. Very very good, I would have it again and was able to buy a couple of bottles at a nearby store (2 bottle limit), but does it live up to the hype? Nope. The marketing strategy (and the limits on purchase) were brilliant and they have feed into the hype very well.... being from Utah it was my mission (pun intended) to find this beer and see for myself.. but honestly.. I think there must be a better beer out there somewhere (and for the styles I prefer, I have found a few)..
Serving type: on-tap
07-30-2014 06:58:29 | More by Curtis
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,879 ratings.