Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by thecheapies:
4.4/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pliny! Thanks to whitefire. First time around on this one. Bottled 01/26/12.
Snifter glass for the pour. Beautifully clear tangerine/honey color with a bone-colored head of two and a half fingers. Holding strong, too. Patches clinging to the glass.
Mango, juicy orange, cantaloupe, and big leafy hops. Not getting a hint of extreme bitterness, but we'll see.
Huge bitterness upfront with lovely citrus notes. Oily hops leave a slick residue in the mouth. Melon, clementines, and a strange nuance of pickled fruit. The finish lasts a long time; bitter and evolving. Sickly smooth, drinks like an regular-strength IPA with amazing complexity. Rigorously dry middle with some of the sugars pulling through at the end. Letting it warm up brings out some lemon and lime.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Let the 8.0% catch up with you, because there's no other choice. Medium body with medium fizz. Any slicker, and it'd be perfect.
World-class smoothness and complexity. Totally worth dealing for.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 05:09:22 | More by thecheapies
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4.23/5 rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours lighter than expected with a white, fluffy head that quickly gives way to the army of bubbles marching to the top of the glass. A big, fruity nose, expected from one of the world's best IPAs, is no less welcome without the surprise. Bright grapefruit, pine, and lemon notes dance up from the glass. Even the bottle cap smells like delicious hops
The first sip is "wow" smooth. Grapefruit and pineapple -- hello, citrus -- are predominant, and the earthy, forest-floor flavors that you get from some IPAs, even good ones, are absent. I expected balanced and bitter, but I didn't expect the mouthfeel to be so light. For an IPA of 8 percent and around 100 IBUs, this is just about perfect.
I've had a lot of good IPAs this year, but Pliny stands out as one I could happily drink day in and day out without growing weary.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 03:17:11 | More by Dave_Sutula
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,649 ratings.