Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thank you to my college roommate for picking this up for me in LA. This is my first PtE so obviously I was going to chug it and call it a day but I changed my mind at the last minute.
Color is unbelievably clear golden yellow with a frothy off white head. Random bubbles float up from the middle periodically.
Aroma is very rich and a diverse range of the hop spectrum. First a piney cascade, then an earthy centennial, and finishes with a more juicy hop aroma that I always like in IPAs.
Medium assertive bitterness starts the taste out. Nice balance of crystal malt to hop flavor. The end of the crystal malt taste is sharply cut off by the hops, but it's a double IPA so it's ok. It still finishes watery in terms of malt but there's a solid 45 seconds of hop flavor that lingers on your tongue. Not a lot of grapefruit, which I found surprising. Pine, earth, slight juice- but less than in the aroma.
Mouthfeel is ok.. a little to viscous for me and good carbonation but I think the "smoothness" is a matter of taste. It bothers me in a lot of Saranac's beers but in this case it doesn't take away from the flavor.
After drinking a bottle of this the only thing that reduces the drinkability is that damn earthy bitterness that just sort of makes you feel like you've been eating hop cones straight.
I think this beer basically boils down to the earthy bitterness and overall pine flavor that surrounds it. To be honest, I can't see why this is so hyped. Maybe it's a west coast thing. It's a very good beer, absolutely. Probably one of the best DIPAs I've had. In the end, however, even as I try to distance myself from the hype surrounding this beer (especially since I don't get to try many hyped beers), this is not one of the beers that gets under my skin and makes me love beer. But it is a damn fine one.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2009 01:33:59 | More by wiseguy142
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