Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by zhanson88:
4.47/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Got this one off of a trade; big thanks to Mages64. Bottled on date of 11/30/10.
Appearance: The Elder Pliny pours a clear light golden color with tons of pillowy white head. Retention and lacing are phenomenal. I really can't imagine a DIPA looking much better than this.
Smell: As expected quite a bit of grapefruit and citrus up front, I really get a lot of florals and grassiness in this one as well. The smells seem to be just a touch muted overall, but still very good. It is slightly over a month old so I'm guessing that plays a role.
Taste: I can't imagine much better than this. Pretty grapefruity up front, with a bit of malt mixed in as well. Slight citrus and a bunch of florals hit on the back end. The finish is hoppy without being overly bitter, with a clean finish. This is a very well crafted beer indeed.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a very smooth drinking beer. It's a bit on the light side with very fine carbonation. Is this beer drinkable? Hell yes, so much so that it borders on supernatural. I had to force myself to slow down and savor. Really a great beer and deserving of it's spot in the beer world.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2011 07:05:02 | More by zhanson88
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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 9,887 ratings.