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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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9,857 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,857
Reviews: 3,125
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,530
Gots: 1,494 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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sessycuban

California

4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled at the great Naja's Place in Redondo Beach.

A - The beer pours a deep golden color, with a slightly hazy, finger deep head with great retention and lacing.

S - The beer smells strongly of citrus with orange, passionfruit, and other tropical notes. I get a tinge of alcohol.

T - The beer is surprisingly not overhopped. I'm also getting fruits, a slight malty note; the body is heavily citric with lemon and orange dominating! This tastes absolutely wonderful.

M - The beer is medium bodied, low in carbonation, and finishes dry.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable for a DIPA, largely because it's not particularly alcoholic. I think you can enjoy this with almost any type of food.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2007 23:09:17 | More by sessycuban
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Halcyondays

California

4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pint on-tap at Hollingshead,

A: Amber coloured, with a thick, white head, which leaves excellent lacing.

S: Smells like a pine forest, very fragrant, if I go up to the taiga in Canada, that's what it should smell like.

T: Delicious, full of pine and grapefruit bitterness, probably the most bitter beer I've ever had, but that's part of its appeal to this hophead, a great beer taste.

M: Smooth, creamy, and o' so resiny, perfect for a Double IPA.

D: Incredibly drinkable, even for an 8% beer, it's so delicious, you'll keep wanting more, Russian River is doing great things in the world of craft beer, I can't wait to see what they try next. In conclusion, this is a great craft beer and Double IPA, worthy of its accolades.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2007 22:46:05 | More by Halcyondays
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mmcave

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After all the wait finally a 750 ml naked, unmarked, and capped bottle received in trade with Risser09. Chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip glass foamy off white (sort of cream) colored head rose to one finger and now lingers a centimeter above the surface, lacing is already apparent. The body is a robust orange with warmer lighter highlights.

Smell is obviously very aromatic tones of hop fragrance, ballasted by a solid malt backbone. I get notes of grapefruit, mild almost hidden touches of piney grass toward the finish, floral accents, that piney raisin like aroma which I assume comes from the clash of substantial malt slamming up against a hearty hop and dry hop regimen. I also notice touches of fresh earth and maybe if I imagine a touch of blueberry and bubble gum.

Taste is extremely balanced in comparison to the aroma. Bitterness is not over welling or sharp, the hops provide great balance and showcase themselves in a very round manner with out making the beer too bitter or crushing to the palate. Although malt is not the focus of this beer it does play an extremely integral roll in the flavor. I don't think many dark malts or high Lovibond Crystals where used. The malt really provides a great ground for the hops to function, clean slightly sweet and sticky, but not toasted or over done. There is that tasty slightly resin like, olily mouth feel, which is always welcome in a Double IPA. I get fruit notes like strawberry and others.

The ABV limits this slightly to maybe two to three glasses in a sitting but thats fine.. If I were to use this in a dinner setting I would put it more toward the end just because of the slight lingering quality. I normally don't think of Double IPA as food beers, but I think this one in-particular could do the trick, because of its subtle and semi dry finish....

In my experience there is something about Russian River's beers that just do it for me. Its not that they are doing any thing that much crazier or more out landish than any other brewery, its that they are doing it more tastefully, this is of course my opinion and subject to change in the future, but for now I love you russian river. Nothing is over done and nothing is under attended to.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 00:52:30 | More by mmcave
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ccrida

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Woohoo, I finally got to try this, and boy was it fantastic! Had 2 full pints at the Oregon Brewers Festival, in the plastic mug. Pliny is pale orange with a modest, olive tinged eggshell colored head that left nice lace.

The aroma is just incredible, very fragrant, floral and bubblegum like, with a bit of pine resin. Dry hopped with columbus, centennial and simcoe, and man to they come across nicely here, bright and fresh.

Like the smell, the taste is the perfect DIPA, again very floral, with tropical fruits and a nice sweetness that is soft and not at all sugary, and while there's the requisite malt and bitter backbone, Pliny is all about the fragrance of the dry-hopping. I'm amazed that they can make a beer so hoppy and delicious while keeping it smooth and sweet, and not to bitter or pungent.

The mouthfeel is soft and smooth but pretty low carbonated, and has a medium body.

This is the ultimate DIPA, so fresh and tasty, and while very fragrant, the hops don't beat up the palate at all. It was my first and last pint of the night, and truly memorable. Can't wait until they start distributing this up here!

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2007 16:39:37 | More by ccrida
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just tried this one, on-draught at OBF 2007. I've had this at least one other time (a 4 oz. taste), but this is a full mug pour (pint).

A: A dense, soapy ivory-colored head atop an amber/golden pour. Lots of sheeting, creamy foam. A clear liquid with sporadic carbonation rising to that thick head.

S: Full of pine and resin. This one is all about the hops, very little malt/grain gets through.

T: So full of pungent hoppiness. 92 IBU but might as well be 192 the way this finishes - very bitter! Lots of pine and a grapefruit pith that strips the enamel off your teet. No part of the tongue left untouched: a sharp bitterness, a fruity/citric sourness, a light malt sweetness and a slightly briny cream.

M: Stunningly thick mouthfeel; this one is full, syrupy & sticky. Little carbonation. Rich, rich, rich!

D: Whew, this can only achieve a good '4" because of the harshness of the bittering and the overpowering hops. My tastes are for a more balanced DIPA; this is a hop-head's dream beer. Definitely worthy of the high praise, personally not one I'd have too often...

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2007 20:46:15 | More by msubulldog25
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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Capone's. Nice deep amber/orange color. A complex fruit smell to the hops in this one. I smelled a lot of different fruit but still got the hop smell. It simply tasted great. Next to DFH 90, this was my favorite Double IPA so far. A bit less alcoholic than the DFH and you can tell in the taste. Good carbonation gave it a deep mouthfeel.

This is very hard to find but the next time I come across this, I will nothesitate to get another.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2007 19:25:18 | More by mymrnngjckt
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado in SF, this fine ale only bolstered my East Coast awe at the very name of Russian River. The bartender told me that it was an IPA, so I was surprised to read that it was 8% ABV, as it went down so easily. The beer's real strength is in its masterful hop bouquet (pine, mango, grapefruit) which fills one's nostrils to the brim, yet relents when hitting the tongue. Extraordinarily well balanced, these mighty hop flavors part, allowing the sweet bready malts to emerge. The only hop flavor to make it to the finish line is the resinous pine, which (in the humble opinion of this reviewer), keeps this beer from perfection. Aside from that bitterness, the mouthfeel manages to be creamy & crisp, a remarkable feat, and this ale goes down incredibly easy. Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2007 04:58:30 | More by jbsteiny
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A HUGE thanks to ClockworkOrange for a bottle of this exceptional Gem.

Poured from a big magnum hand filled from a keg. The liquid is a thick clear orange with very good carbonation. Lots of swirling bubble trying to figure out which way is up. The Head came up big a full two fingers in a pint glass. Yes this bottle help up just fine. Great job guys.

The smell is a slightly sweet lightly pine like hoppy aroma with orange and apricot note.

The taste is very nice, not a over the top as on would expect just a very good hoppy experience. the alcohol is not noticeable, the hoppy finish is well supported by a good malty background. the overall impression is between a big IPA and a DIPA. it is mild not harsh just a true and enjoyable brewing gem.

The mouthfeel is good not real thick but big enough. The carbonation is great.

The drinkability is very good one of the easiest drinking beers of this style.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 05:25:46 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Toronado, San Francisco, CA

Poured a clear, golden amber (lighter than anticipated) with no head but rather a small layer of white froth. No lacing whatsoever.

The incredibly fragrant aroma was a blend of sugary, fruity notes and a boatload of hops. Sweet tropical fruits (peaches, mangoes and pineapple) melded beautifully with the citrusy, grapefruit-like cascade hops.

The taste was extremely hoppy and bitter, yet it still managed to maintain some semblance of balance. The malts made their presence known initially but quickly took a back seat to the huge hoppy flavor. Super piney, bitter, grapefruit-like hops lasted from beginning to end. The finish was very tannic and dry with a resonating piney hoppiness. Though mild at 8% ABV, the alcohol was still remarkably well hidden for this figure.

Mouthfeel was outstanding. The lush, creamy and full body was absolutely amazing. If it were not for this suppleness in the mouthfeel, I believe the hops could have taken on an unwanted astringency.

All in all, this was a huge beer. It was unquestionably one of the hoppiest and most bitter double IPA's I have sampled, and also one of the most flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2007 22:21:09 | More by Damian
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WeisGuy

New York

4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewery in Santa Rosa and before that once or twice at the Toronado.

a - deep golden color, slight hazy, one-finger head with good retention, great lacing

s - very citrusy with lots of tropical fruit, orange and passionfruit, slightest hint of malt and a little alcohol

t - nice bitter hoppy punch of fruit, slight malty backbone, heavy citrus in the body, lemon and orange, finishes strong with substantial bitterness and more citrus, slight hint of alcohol, perfect!

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish

d - fairly drinkable for a big DIPA, very interesting taste with a strong bitterness that doesn't necessarily wear out the palate

Lived up to my high expectations and then some. Absolutely spot on with the aroma and taste! Well worth seeking out or making the trek to Santa Rosa for.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2007 03:48:36 | More by WeisGuy
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illidurit

California

4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado.

A: Nice dull copper color with an inch of off white head. INSANE lacing, the suds are so sticky they'll probably have to sandblast the residue off the glass. Good retention.

S: If somebody suffocated you with a sack of hops, this would be your dying whiff. Monstrous pine, grapefruit, some sweet citrus, citrus rind, a medley of floral notes.

T: An outrageous amount of hops, but the blend and balance therein makes this beer special. Never acrid or overpowering, the citrusy flavors stand stable. A perfect amount of doughy caramely malt loiters in this festival of hops.

M: Carbonation is crisp, mouthfeel is very smooth. A terminal bitterness dries the mouth.

D: I would power through an entire growler of this stuff if I could keep from passing out. Top notch beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2007 21:18:28 | More by illidurit
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Reed415

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this from a trade with Bradford

A - Pours a hazy golder amber color not much head(lost some carbonation when transfered to a bottle, I would guess)

S - Piney citrus hops and fuity sweetness

T - Very hoppy, Citrus, some sweet fruit taste, also some thin malt flavor in the end

M - Full Bodied Minimal Carbonation(Again Probably from the bottling)

D - A very excellent DIPA, not the best, but one the best

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 03:15:02 | More by Reed415
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wyllder

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach.

Pours a clear, deep golden amber with a thin white head. Leaves a good deal of sticky lacing on the glass as you.

Nose is piney with hints of citrus, reminiscent of Victory's Hop Wallop.

Taste reminds me somewhat of Hop Wallop, with a bit of Ruination in the mix, but it's ultimately better than either of these: tastier and more drinkable.

Overall, a good beer, just not my cup of tea.

Eric-

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2007 02:22:47 | More by wyllder
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John_M

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a lengthy drive up to UJ's Glenside from Baltimore, relaxed over a couple of glasses of this delicious hop nectar. I've had this beer on several occasions at the brewpub in Santa Rosa, and was very pleased to see that the nearly 3000 mile trip from California did not do this beer a bit of harm.

The beer pours a brilliant, hazy orange color, with a huge, pesistent head. The beer has excellent lacing as well, and an aroma of citrus and pine resin erupts from the glass. It doesn't get much better then this. On the palate this is truly hop nectar. The palate is absolutely assualted with fruity citrus, with just a hint of sweetness. The beer is impecably well balanced, with no off flavors. There is very little sweetness in the finish, which in my mind is a good thing. The hoppy citrus and dryness really keeps the malt from becoming overwhelming in the finish. The beer has a very nice creamy mouthfeel, and is an absolute joy to drink. One would never guess there is 8% abv. in this beer; it's incredibly drinkable for such a big beer.

Fabulous stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2007 15:21:31 | More by John_M
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badbeer

Iowa

4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hand-filled bottle from a gracious Californian.

Crystal clear, light golden color with a soft, well-retaining, white head. The smell is nothing short of a joyous occasion; some pine resin, lemon, grapefruit, and some extra dankness that reminds one of the tropics. Bitter, resinous pine greets the tongue leading to some lemon and grapefruit, followed by more of the pine resin. Incredibly bitter, yet the hop flavor still overpowers the pure bitterness of it. Soft carbonation at about medium levels, body is medium with lingering hoppy finish. Crazy drinkable. Love this stuff and I wish I had an easier access to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 08:09:18 | More by badbeer
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hand filled. Poured into a flute glass.

Pours a beautiful head that retains and I think it actually gains more head as it sits there with a shampaign-like carbonation. Color is light golden to gold. Head is thick head with a great great lacing. The smell of hops is fruity and citrus-y. The balance of hop character is very nice. I smell sweet orange and some slight lemon flavors in the backround. The taste is very hoppy and light in body. This is a more drinkable beer than I ever imagined. It's like a beer you could sit down and just drink 4-5 and love every minute of it. Mouthfeel is very good and the bubbles make a silky mouthfeel that's wonderful. Overall I wish I could have a keg of this every couple of months.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2007 07:56:31 | More by Erdinger2003
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hero27

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well...here's the Double IPA from the man that pretty much invented the style. Here goes..

Thick, frothy head of white foam. Translucent gold color, subtle carbonation that struggles to the surface.
Pine resin & grapefruit aroma wafts from the glass..
Soft biscuity malt sweetness remains mostly helpless in containing the relentless hops (which is fine by me). Amazing citrus flavors blend together very well. Becomes even more drinkable as it warms up a bit..mouthfeel is about as smooth as it gets.

Vinnie, if you're listening..bottle this stuff and ship it out east. ;)

Much thanks go out to wcudwight for the chance to finally sample this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 03:30:15 | More by hero27
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westweasel

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RedwoodGeorge for giving this Chicago Heights DIPA lover a chance to try this!

Poured from a carefully bottled bomber into a new Sam Adams beer glass. The beer is golden yellow with a slight haze. There is a small white head and some lacing left on the glass.

The aroma is what I think an DIPA should be all about. Lots of citrusy hops - grapefruit and lemons are all over the place. A little bit of pine and even a pastry-like pie crusty smell.

The taste is great - strong hop bitterness - grapefruit and lemons, and a bit of a bready flavor. The mouthfeel was medium with a dry finish.

The drinkability is excellent - I could drink these all day. (I wouldn't be able to taste anything else - but who cares?)

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 14:06:06 | More by westweasel
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peabody

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Talisker, much appreciated for sure.
Pours out a wonderful straw yellow amber with three fingers of white suds with lots and lots of lacing.
Smell is a sugary blend of malt and pine and grapefruit but the piney hops are the star here.
Taste is very rich and full bodied. The sugar really balanced out the fine hops here. As it warms it mellows out and the alcohol is barely evident.
Great clean mouthfeel followed by the piney hop oil that stays in the palate for quite some time.
Even with an 8%abv this is still a great session brew.

Serving type: growler

05-16-2007 00:49:57 | More by peabody
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Talisker for the growler! Poured a crisp amber with a decent head that was mostly lasting and left spotty lacing. The aroma was of extremely fragrant earthy hops with some sweet malts. The taste was one of the most well-balanced beers I've ever had. An abundance of citrus hop flavor with just enough sweet malt for it not to overpower like many DIPAs do. The beer is medium bodied and the alcohol is well hidden, just enough to provide some warmth. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. If only they'd expand their distribution some, since I love the Wild Ales as well.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2007 15:03:17 | More by atsprings
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far333

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear and light colored, orangey amber honey hue. Long strings of tiny bubbles stream quickly from bottom to top. A half inch of pure white tightly bubbled foam sits atop and hangs around.

Aroma of sweet tangerine, some honey and understated pine, some citric peel.

Flavor is initially sweet citrus, some clover and honey. Stays fruity and juicy as it rolls across the tongue, but becomes more bitter as it finishes, turning to grapefruit and pine, which lingers as the ABV warms the back of the mouth.

Full and rich mouthfeel, satisfying. Morphs to a carb tingle, finishes dry and crisp.

Great drink, very even, not overly powerful in any respect, and very flavorful.

Many thanks to RedwoodGeorge for going above and beyond in the spirit of BA in bottling this one for transport. I am fortunate to have made his acquaintance.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 02:27:15 | More by far333
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willjschmidt

California

4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Wine Exchange of Sonoma.

A: A light amber color. Surprising for a DIPA since they are usually darker. It's so light that it's actually a bit transparent. A nice white head forms that leaves a lot of lacing.

S: A classic IPA aroma of citrus and pine. A little lighter than some other DIPA's but the this one already comes across as clean and balanced from the nose.

T: Absolutely delicious. I love IPA's and DIPA's and this is the best I've ever tasted. Great balance between the malty start and an assertive (but not too assertive) hop presence. I love that the hops are prominent yet the aftertaste is only slightly bitter and lingers for just the right amount. The tastes are big and dominant yet smooth and even. Everything is perfect and it all blends together and works so well. A "5" on the taste scale if there ever was one.

M: Excellent mouthfeel, smooth and slightly creamy.

D: I'd been waiting to try this beer and I had a lot of expectations and it met and exceeded every one. An incredibly smooth, balanced and drinkable beer. The flavors are all wonderful and work perfectly together. A flat-out excellent beer. I just wish they bottled it so I could get my hands on it more often.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2007 18:26:33 | More by willjschmidt
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled about a week ago. I showed great restaint by waiting a whole week to consume this.

Beautiful light copper color with absolutely no chill haze and nice 2 finger head. I love the color this beer has; a lot of Double IPA's are very dark and aren't as appealing to the eye.

Aroma is impressive to say the least; complex! Lots of pine in the nose upfront with some grapefruit, peach and slight rose notes.

This is one of the best double IPA's I have ever tasted. Huge fresh hop presence. Juicy like quality up front with some sweetness. Pungent grapefruit, orange, and pine flavors. Light caramel flavors in the middle. Finishes with a wallop of clean bitterness that doesn't linger on the tongue too much.

Light carbonation and higher attenuation (for style) make this an extremely drinkable beer. Almost too drinkable.

One of my favorite beers. Best Double IPA in my opinion. Two hours to obtain this beer is a very small price to pay.

Serving type: growler

04-29-2007 01:23:41 | More by bosco7
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jsbrendle

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to be invited to a private tasting at the local Austrian joint of some growlers picked up by the too kind hosts some few days back on a rather long road-trip. The couple of days' time in the growlers did hurt carbonation levels, rendering the beers somewhat flat. Not prime condition for certain, but far better than never being able to sample.

Appearance was a clear golden-amber in the 5oz "beer expo" glass I was using for sampling. As I indicated, by no fault of its own the carbonation levels were quite low so there was no head unless swirled to create one, in which case there were still some nice white bubbles possible. Aroma was a big dose of hops, the sort of sharp & grapefruity sort. There was a whiff of alcohol in there too. Flavor was nice... my kind of hop:malt balance. I was reminded of several other DIPAs I care for.

A poor food choice (szegediner krautfleisch, a dish full of hot and mild paprika, large pieces of garlic, long-simmered kraut and tender pieces of pork loin) on my part rendered the other beers I was sampling (the Younger included) watery and bland, but this beer still cut through. Prudence said to hold off on further sampling until after dinner. My favorable impression of the beer improved once all those big spicy flavors were washed away by some water. To my taste there was a nice sweet malty backbone to the beer that supports the hops, there is clearly some alcohol there but it is well masked and ends up with a slightly drying quality to the finish. The 8% does decrease long-term drinkability, but treated with appropriate respect. Oh, wow. Amazing stuff.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2007 13:03:02 | More by jsbrendle
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mad Beer Karma to Clockworkorange for sending me this growler. The beer was served in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: This beer has the coloration of iced tea. The beer color is orange amber combination. The head was off white approximatly 1/2 inch high. The retention of the head was perfect. A thick webbing of lacing remained behind on my glass.

Smell: I knew this was going to be a great beer experience as soon as I cracked the growler open. My nose was greated by an symphony of hops. Upon pouring into my glass I could better appreciate the smell. I was experiencing full on lupilin shift as the hops hit my nose. The hops provided a combination of smells pine resin, tangerine, grapefruit and other floral notes.

Taste: The taste of the beer was mostly pine and grapefruit. Then the beer went briefly sweet with malt. This quickly gave way to a drying bitterness with a touch of grass.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very creamy smooth medium body. The carbonation is perfect. The flavors mesh together very well. This was a most excellent beer drinking experience. I split the growler with my wife and was sorry I had to split it. I think I could have drank several of these back to back. In summation this is bliss in a glass.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2007 12:30:38 | More by nlmartin
Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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