Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 8,444 | Reviews: 3,030 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by tobelerone:
4.68/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
App: Crystal clear, golden color, fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Tiny bubbles rush to the surface as you work your way through the glass.
Smell: Huge as expected, full of pine and citrus, grapefruit, resinous esters.
Taste: Delicious, big hoppy flavors, vivid and fresh. Alcohol completely hidden. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange, pith, pine, resins, very faint sharp and oniony note in the finish, good bitterness underneath that doesn’t overshadow all the other flavors. Minimal maltiness, just a touch of supporting caramel sweetness.
Mf: A little crisper and livelier in terms of carbonation in comparison with the draft version; also perhaps not quite as full and creamy. The bottled version is more right down the center in terms of body and carbonation. Goes down very smoothly.
Overall: Deserving of its status as the paragon of the style. So fresh and hoppy, so easy to put away. I prefer this beer on draft by a small margin but it’s certainly exceptional in the bottle as well. Doesn’t necessarily stand head and shoulders above a handful of other DIPAs but gets all the attention nonetheless. Hard to say anything is better at this level of brewing achievement, just slightly different. The best of Kern, Alpine, the Alchemist, etc. are on par but if you like IPAs and DIPAs this is not one to be missed.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2012 14:12:29 | More by tobelerone
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is know my favorite beer of all time. I just found out that this was made by accident? This beer is better than the younger but not by much. Well worth the hype. I have not tried this in bottles but the draft is second to none. Phily is the Only place outside of the west coast to get it.
Serving type: on-tap
03-10-2014 17:50:29 | More by peacemakers48
4.63/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Another beer I never expected to be able to try at least until the next trip to visit relatives in California. That I can do so now is thanks to the seemingly unbounded generosity of BigStein88.
Bottled 1/17/14. Nearly two months old, but I'm not unhappy with that considering it travelled from California to New England and changed hands again after that.
Poured from the 16.25 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint. Couldn't resist the irony.
a: Clear dark gold with a two inch tall white head which dissipated slowly to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.
s: Intense pine. Some floral notes.
t; Very smooth first impression, indefinable almost bubble gummy flavor followed by moderate hop bite and some floral notes. Bitterness lingers on the tongue but is mellowed by the floral aspect. Very "refined" tasting, although it becomes predictably rougher and more bitter as it warms. 8% alcohol? You've got to be kidding. Where?
m: Slickly smooth. Little carbonation.
o: If it's this good with nearly two months on it, what is it like fresh? Definitely one of the very best DIPAs I have had. Although the hope bite is less than some, it does not hang on and get annoying, and the pine and floral flavors makes this Pliny shine.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 04:32:38 | More by scotorum
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,444 ratings.