Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.97/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. I removed the bottle from the fridge and let it sit for a bit before drinking.
A- hazy golden orange color that is both light and colorful at once. There are bubbles dancing in this opus. Mega head, almost white. The head melts to a thin layer leaving sticky rings of lacing.
S-Not only do I smell pine, I smell fresh pine sap from a pine tree basting in summer morning dew. Floral and citrus notes round out the scent. The aroma of alcohol is present.
T-Pine and citrus, maybe lemon and grapefruit, very understated yet so flavorful. There is just a bit of malt to balance the flavors. Abundant flavors disguise its alcohol content.
M-Smooth as silk.It's carbonated, not fizzy, It's refreshing and hearty, not thin or heavy.
Drinkable and just right, no alcohol burn[at 8% abv!!!].
O-Perfectly balanced, a beautiful brew. I love American IPAs, this is an epitome of the style.
02-03-2012 03:10:34 | More by NiceTaps
5/5 rDev +7.5%
Bottled 1/3/2012. What better way to celebrate a 4 day weekend and starting a great beer weekend (EBF) with some Pliny The Elder.
A - Pours a beautiful golden color with a thick head that dissipates to a thin layer with very nice lacing.
S - Nice, strong hop notes, mostly pine but with some citrus present. The scent lingers and is almost sticky. This is how I want IPAs to smell.
T - Pine, citrus, slightly lemony. Great hop flavors with a well-balanced bitterness. Slightly sweet from the malts. Extremely well-crafted.
M - Medium-bodied, smooth and drinkable, a little oily in the mouthfeel from the hops. All it should be in the mouthfeel.
O - Pliny the Elder is simply the greatest DIPA I've ever had. This is my fourth time and it gets better every time. When will Russian River come to the DC area!?
02-03-2012 01:24:26 | More by WMEugene
4.68/5 rDev +0.6%
Thanks to animortician for this one.
Bottled 1/16/12 poured into a crystal goblet. Served with seared white sea bass, sweet/red skin mashed potatoes, and steamed cauliflower and brocoli.
A-sharp golden clear body with a 2 finger head that disappears but has a steady carbonation.
S-so very pure: pine, grapefruit, lemon peel, sunflower.
T-straight and to the point. Just a tad boozy, but not cloying to the overall flavor.
M-zesty and crisp at the same time. This is a benchmark for DIPA mouthfeel. There, I said it.
O-in.a world where breweries are striving to the unique "lightning in a bottle" one off, this beer truly lays down the gauntlet and challenges any other beer to do it better. Still curious to see how Abrasive and Heady Topper stand up to this bad boy.
02-02-2012 23:34:30 | More by unclejazz
4.97/5 rDev +6.9%
Just had a fresh bottle of this bottled 1/19/2012. I drink this frequently and just thought I would quickly review my favorite beer.
A: A beautiful golden amber color with a nice white head and tons of lacing.
S: Probably one of the best smelling beer ever. Its a punch in the face and almost overwhelming on your first sniff. Hugh bold and pine hop aroma with hints of pineapple, pine, and floral scents.
T: A great DIPA that is balanced perfectly. The fruit and pine hit you upfront and bitterness lingers but still prefectly balance. Very refreshing with tons of flavors and a clean overall taste.
M: Crisp, fresh and probably the easiest drinkable DIPA.
O: This is truely my favorite DIPA and probably the freshest beer that I get. It is truely one of the best and I highly recommend to anyone.
02-01-2012 21:19:30 | More by CaliHop82
4.68/5 rDev +0.6%
App: Crystal clear, golden color, fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Tiny bubbles rush to the surface as you work your way through the glass.
Smell: Huge as expected, full of pine and citrus, grapefruit, resinous esters.
Taste: Delicious, big hoppy flavors, vivid and fresh. Alcohol completely hidden. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange, pith, pine, resins, very faint sharp and oniony note in the finish, good bitterness underneath that doesn’t overshadow all the other flavors. Minimal maltiness, just a touch of supporting caramel sweetness.
Mf: A little crisper and livelier in terms of carbonation in comparison with the draft version; also perhaps not quite as full and creamy. The bottled version is more right down the center in terms of body and carbonation. Goes down very smoothly.
Overall: Deserving of its status as the paragon of the style. So fresh and hoppy, so easy to put away. I prefer this beer on draft by a small margin but it’s certainly exceptional in the bottle as well. Doesn’t necessarily stand head and shoulders above a handful of other DIPAs but gets all the attention nonetheless. Hard to say anything is better at this level of brewing achievement, just slightly different. The best of Kern, Alpine, the Alchemist, etc. are on par but if you like IPAs and DIPAs this is not one to be missed.
02-01-2012 14:12:29 | More by tobelerone
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,210 ratings.