Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.88/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on June 14, 2012 printed on label.
Appearance: Pours a clear medium gold with a 2-3 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Nice head retention and lacing.
Smell: Amazing bouquet of hops featuring sweet citrus, grapefruit and pineapple with sweet malt and just a touch of pine and alcohol.
Taste: Ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine up front followed by caramel malt in the middle before ending with a blast of pine, lemon zest and just a touch of alcohol at the finish. Extremely well-balanced flavor. Aftertaste is bitter and long-lasting. Maybe my favorite aftertaste to date.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation - not too heavy as to be overpowering, but not weak enough to be considered flat in any way. Very smooth and the hop oils really coat the mouth. This beer feels perfect.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This one goes down very easily for a beer with 8% ABV.
Overall: Amazing beer overall. This beer is incredibly hyped and deservedly so. The only other DIPA that I would compare to it is Bell's Hopslam from 2011 (2012 was far too boozy for me and not very balanced, in my opinion). If you see it, try it. If you don't see it, trade for it. Whatever you do, try some fresh Pliny the Elder. From what I've seen, beer doesn't get much better than this.
07-06-2012 03:20:42 | More by adam42381
4.75/5 rDev +2.2%
Bought a bottle from total wine and poured into a tulip. First time drinking from a bottle. Had it twice before on tap.
A - nice copper color with a nice white foamy head. Solid lacing. Looks very unassuming.
S - so bright and hop forward. I get a really nice citrus smell. It has almost a hemp smell to it. Other than the taste the smell is the best part. When I put my nose in the glass I just can't wait to drink it.
T - extremely well balanced. Hop forward clean crisp bit to it. With a floral aftertaste. Clean finish without a bitter aftertaste. It's just so tasty. I could freeze it and make Popsicles with it. It's a great DIPA because the hops are center without being bitter and without overloading it with malt to balance it out.
M - lightly carbonated and slightly thin body. Not as thick as I thought it would be.
O - great IPA, DIPA and beer. It's one of the best IPAs around If not the best.
07-05-2012 00:34:19 | More by GetMeAnIPA
4.45/5 rDev -4.3%
Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber. Light head, but nice lacing. Fresh spicy hop aroma. Hops up front. Sweet malts, citrus and a hint of pineapple. You know there are some nice malts underneath, but they stay below detectable levels supporting the spicy hops flavor. A beautifully balanced IPA. Deserves top ranking.
07-04-2012 23:20:00 | More by LiquidAmber
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,314 ratings.