Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I finally snagged an ever-elusive bottle here in Southern California. I got the last four bottles of a 3 case shipment that just showed up a few hours ago. Man, this beer disappears fast.
A - Bright gold, clear, with a nice bubbly, foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a thin lacing.
S - Floral and piney, a classic and vibrant IPA bouquet. The wonderful smell of hops just leaves me eager to drink it.
T - A light and smooth start, the hops don't hit immediately, but slowly find their way onto the tongue, unleashing a refreshing and intense burst of bitterness and flavor. Pine, citrus, sweet, floral, all combine simultaneously in a wonderful balance. Most IPA's feel very divided to me in their flavors, and the hops can be too harsh, simply for show. The Pliny melds them in a perfect combination - nothing is too overpowering or unnecessary.
M - Smooth and simple carbonation, not very bubbly after a few minutes. A stronger carbonation might help stir up the flavor more, but still, it is light and soft on the tongue, which provides a nice contrast to the bitterness and lends to a clean and crisp finish, sweet and satisfying.
D - One of the most drinkable IPA's I've ever had, particularly for a double. A wonderfully complex and satisfying drinking experience from start to finish. This is my new favorite IPA, perhaps my new overall favorite.
I can see the attraction, almost obsession that this beer creates - it is well deserved. The man at the store I picked up the beer at (do I dare say where?) said that they can't order near as much as they would like to - the demand far outweighs the supply Russian River can turn out. Hopefully soon that won't be a problem, but in the meantime, I will continue the search for this Holy Grail of IPA's.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2010 05:04:56 | More by timonan
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