Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +7.5%
Thanks djbutters for the trade! So excited....
Pours light orangish yellow. steady stream of bubbles coming from the center of the tulip. Thick eggshell head. Leaves full rings of froth.
Smell is nice and balanced, but just maybe the hops win. HA, just kidding. There are hops everywhere in it. sticky pine hop resin and oranje juice concentrate. Malt is sticky and sweet, like honey. Hops also have slightly hearty herbal feel.
I really like the balance in the taste. Yes there are some nice and strong pine and citric hops, but there is a very nice balance from the malt. Its slick and sweet. Like runny honey. Initial hop tastes are bittering and resinous. Upon exhale, the nice floraly herbal hops leave a nice feeling, almost light like tea.
Surprisingly light body. I still just cant get over the nice full hop cone; the herbal, leafy notes are what set this apart from all the other DIPAs. It makes it feel light, while still carrying some serious weight. Those hops are showcased front and center, built on a pedestal of sweet, slick malt.
How do I give this any less than a 5.0?
12-19-2011 22:07:58 | More by VncentLIFE
4.97/5 rDev +6.9%
Had this beast on tap at the Falling Rock Tap Room in Denver Colorado. Came so close to the heady topper but fell just short at my #2 favorite DIPA. That is meant to take nothing away from how amazing this beer is.
The golden color looks soo tasty and the carbonation is sexy.
The smell is soo complex. Fresh hops, citrus notes, kinda smells like heaven.
This beer is so well balanced. Hops, Pine, Citrus, and Fruit all working together in perfect harmony.
I would gargle with this beer every night if I had more of it.
This beer could replace water for me. I tried to savour the one bottle I had.
12-19-2011 20:46:23 | More by DNICE555
4.38/5 rDev -5.8%
Finally got around to reviewing this. Have had it at the brewery and on tap at Toronado, but this is my first bottle.
A: Pours a rich and radiant neon ochre. This shit glows. Not much of a head--which is really the only chink in The Elder's armor, if it's even that--with some residual puddles randomly residing across a viscous, nectar surface. Spiderweb lacing makes up for the lack of much head. A gorgeous beer.
S: And it begins...The nose explodes with ruby red grapefruit, floral aromas, tropical notes, just loaded with fruity esters. An underlying sweetness ties it all together in one of the most complex and mind-blowing noses I've ever experienced. Perfect.
T: And it continues...Wonderfully hop forward, with conspicuous grapefruit character, additional citrus notes (lemon, lime, oranges), loads of pine needles, and an underlying sweetness. Not as great as the nose but still excellent.
M: Prickly hops, of course, some mild warmth from the alcohol, and some light carbonation. Nice syrupy body.
Doesn't get much better than this, only different. An epic brew that will never ware on me, ever.
12-19-2011 06:22:32 | More by Heavenisbeer
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,273 ratings.