Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 8,476 | Reviews: 3,033 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by travloh:
4.7/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pop the top and the smell of hops springs forth. Smells delicious with the sharp, biting bitterness of citrus, pine. Oh so aromatic.
Pour into Sam Adams beer glass reveals a golden elixir, ever so slight orange tint, but surprisingly light in color. Lots of chunkies floating around. Pretty decent 3 finger head that slowly fades and leaves creamy laciness down the sides of the glass. As the foam dissipates it gets ever so creamy looking. Wow.
The first taste is of course dominated by the hop character. There are IPAs and there are IPAs that have this character. This is surely one of the best. Has that telltale bitterness of course, but just when you think its overpowering, the other flavors kick in and balance the whole thing out. It truly is a masterpiece. Hops taste so good, and when they are used so perfectly in this way you just really have to appreciate it. I wish I had the vocabulary to describe what it is you get with this stuff, but it is that quality you get with the Dreadnaughts, Masala Mamas. Its just a tier above so many others.
This stuff is very, very good. If you are a Hop lover you must add this to your list. Surprisingly light and drinkable, yet powerful.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2008 00:01:04 | More by travloh
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer is pure perfection in a Double IPA, the hops burst out in a perfect symphony of flavor leaving wants and needs for more on my tongue! A warm finish sets nicely in my beer belly and a desire to down endless glasses of this is set in motion! I reccomend this over any and all double's!
Serving type: on-tap
03-14-2014 13:16:08 | More by TapTitan
3.63/5 rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I know we don't need another person to review Pliny, but…
A Very nice golden orange with some nice bubbling and lacing around the glass-good amount of head
S Intense pine with an assortment of hop varietals.
T Very piney up front, a bit rounded out by malt. Very clean aftertaste and very drinkable.
M Very delicate and very well balanced in terms of the carbonation. This is very pleasant on the palate.
O I think this is a great beer in terms of the drinkability; however, I think that this beer could be a little more complex. I think this is a very pine forward beer and that the hop varietals do not offer anything aside from said pine. I would like to see some citrus or a bit more malt. Overall, this is a fine beer, albeit a bit less complex and compelling than the populace at large might assert.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 03:23:45 | More by BingCrosby7
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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