Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 9,879 | Reviews: 3,126 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by websherpa:
4.5/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Appearance: A clean a clear pouring beer. 1 finger of head, modest lacing.
Smell: This has the pineapple and grapefruit that so many beers have. It doesn't have the bitterness or booziness associated. It's a strong clean and clear scent, but not overpowering.
Taste: Wow. So after all the hype I just came to assume this would be an "extreme" beer. I was expecting massive massive flavor. Instead this beer comes with an almost quiet confidence. The beer is delicious in all aspects. It's hop flavors are distinct but well blended. The malts are subtle and offer a sweetness to compliment the hops without getting overly complicated. The finish is long and delicious. At no point drinking this beer does anything jump out of place and scream "hey check this out". There are hints of booze coming through that keep this form a perfect score.
Mouthfeel: Well executed.
Drinkability: This beer is great. However, for the effort and price I will never make this a regular, which is a shame. PtE doesn't make a big statement, it makes an eloquent one. This is something I would regularly and I can save the big statement beers for special occasions. Distribution, price and production volume of course make this a pipe dream.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2011 21:45:27 | More by websherpa
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.