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Russian River Pliny the Elder

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RATINGS: 2546   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, "lupus Salictarius", meaning wolf among scrubs." Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, humulus Lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle’s legacy by documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Pliny the Elder, the beer, is brewed with 40% more malt and over twice the amount of hops as compared to our already hoppy IPA.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1508) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Appearance: Bottled on "100614", so presumably about 3.5 months old then. Orange golden, clear. Small bubbles. Some creamy white head.
Aroma: Hops and fruit.
Taste: Lots of hops, but not overpowering. Light fruits in there. Hides alcohol. Good, but not my favourite style.
Bought: Trade with Gregory - thanks!, 510 ml
Info: 23/1-2015

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stimulo69 (76) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
Very accessable for a heavy ipa like this, little alcohol kick. But still soft.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scipio (727) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Thanks to my parents for bringing home a couple of these. Pours a clear, slightly carbonated golden with a big, frothy, full white head that settles very slowly. A potent aroma consists of plenty of pine and and grapefruit, along with grassy hops and resin. The taste is a bit drier with quite a bit of bitterness to it. Pine and grapefruit remain dominant. There are tropical hints of pineapple, orange, and apricot in here, along with some malty caramel. The aftertaste is a long resiny grapefruit. IPA in the world Medium to full in body, sticky in texture, and lots of carbonation in here. The alcohol content hides itself rather well. I also enjoy the fact that this one isn’t sweet. I’m not sure that I would proclaim this is the best beer in the world, its easy to call this an excellent IPA. I’m very happy to have tried this.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MisterEasy12 (5) - West New York, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2015 12 oz bottle at home. Just a perfect IPA. Hoppy, without being intrusive. But hoppy nonetheless. Not boosy. Crisp. Extra sharp. Delicious. Substantial grapefruit notes. Balanced. Superb finish. I wish I had more. MUST HAVE MORE!!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 17, 2015
Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe. 07.18.14 bottle date. Drank it freshy fresh on 07.23.14. A: Red grapefruit and pine. Very hop forward. A: 1/2 finger head that retains well. See through amber/gold body. T: Grapefruit, pine, and hop resin dominate. P: Creamy and crisp. Lots of carbonation. O: With all the hype that surrounds this beer, I expected angels to come down and deliver this directly into my mouth once the cap was popped. Instead, a much harried and disheveled RR employee put it on a table surrounded by a maximum capacity crowd of bratty hipster wannabes. To cut to the chase, the beer itself was disappointing. It was good, but it wasn’t as earth-shattering as the hype claimed it to be. Granted, it is an older IIPA, but there are better IIPAs now.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
troyc (2585) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2015
[Bottle] Brilliant bright copper pour with about an inch of foamy white head. Big and fresh floral and citrus aromas. Grapefruit, biscuit, flowers, resin, black pepper and sharp bitterness in the flavor. Sticky mouthfeel. Well hidden alcohol. Fantastic balance. A very solid beer, and probably even better on tap I am guessing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
melush (1030) - SPAIN - JAN 9, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2015 Botella de 50 cl, en tienda XXXII. Color dorado. Sabor a lupulo, citrico, ligeramente afrutado, resinoso.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3679) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Local 44, Philadelphia tap: pours orange with a white head. Aroma is a bunch of grapefruit and pine. Taste is moderately bitter. Very aromatic. Excellent balance. I was a tad underwhelmed given all the hype. Still very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
makromaniak (141) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
smooth caramel malty backbone...grapefruit, apricot, resins, tropical fruit, grassy...leading to a very dry finish. Fine Dipa indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (795) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle pour split at home. Tried a couple times, about time I rate this. Much thanks to Tyler for sharing. Pours a cloudy yellowish color with an oily fizz head. Big pine and hops aroma. Initial bitter flavor but balances well with the sweetness. Ton of hops. Long lasting palate of cool pine, slight mint, and bitter hops. Overall a solid IPA, though it’s no secret. Wouldn’t call it one of the very best, but this really is a special IPA, Good stuff.


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