Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev -3.9%
First, a huge thanks to tony223366 for trading me this beer, and getting me started off right on my reviews by breaking my beer geek "cherry" in the right way!
Reviewed 11/31/11 from a bottle dated 10/14/11.
Appearance: Beautiful golden colored pour with a fluffy white two finger head that fades to a thin cap. Sticks nicely to the glass on the way down and leaves very nice lacing. Carbonation is visible in a steady stream of tiny bubbles. Overall a beautiful looking beer.
Nose: Really nice citrus, grapefruit is the dominant smell though there may be a hint of lemon and orange. Not really getting much of the breadiness that shows up in the taste. It certainly makes my mouth water though. Not quite the "dankest" IPA or heavily hopped APA I have ever smelled however. Very nice nose, but not a standout.
Taste: Follows the nose. Again, a TON of grapefruit here down to a very sharp bitter bite to the back of the tongue, however there is a nice breadiness or cracker that helps to balance the bite. As it warms a bit the breadiness becomes more and more apparent, this is NOT just a crazy hopbomb, it is incredibly well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Easily coats the tongue, but not in an unpleasant way. A very full and robust mouthfeel that I would expect out of a barleywine, but not an IPA. Really pleasantly surprised here with how robust this is.
Overall: Absolutely delicious beer, and worthy of the praise. Slightly bitter for my personal tastes, but easy to see why this granddaddy has spurred so many imitators over the years. I will happily drink this anytime I get the opportunity, and hope to make it out to RR one day to try on tap.
12-01-2011 06:48:38 | More by jzmaxson27
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,267 ratings.