Saturday, May 4, 2013

Russian River Brewing Company - Pliny the Elder

For 8 bucks, it should
kiss me first...
Apex is one of the few spots in town were you can often find Pliny the Elder on tap--for eight bucks a pint. Yikes.

This beer is, of course, legendary, surpassed only by the legendary awesomeness of it's namesake. The original Pliny the Elder was an uber-genius, historian, poet, hero and genuine good guy of epic proportions.

A few years ago, my family decided to chase down some bottles of this brew as a Father's Day present for Your's Truly. They were not successful. Nowadays, it's a wee bit easier to find, although it's not a beer you'll easily snatch up out of the cold case at Fred Meyer.

In any case, I decided to pony up the eight bucks and got myself a pint of the Plinster, although I could have picked up two pints of any other IIPA on tap for that price. Yikes, again.

The beer was poured from tap to shaker pint a clear, golden, copper color with a white head. The head was almost a 1/2 inch high and dissipated quickly. An appreciable amount of lacing was left behind.

Aroma was very hops forward: citrus and resinous pine. Light caramel malt with some indistinct floral notes in the background.

Taste was citrus, as you would expect: orange and grapefruit. This one is not too sweet, which is my big gripe with a lot of DIPA's. There's a nice bitter punch from the hops but the malt flavor still comes through in the aftertaste. Nice balance. There's just a tiny bit of spicy funkiness there in the background.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Finish is a little bit dry but the tangy hops and earthy malt flavors linger on the palate.

Okay, Pliny the Elder didn't exactly give me an orgasm or reveal the secrets of the Universe upon first sip, however, I can't find a flaw.

I'm grudgingly giving Pliny the Elder a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4. Like my opinion means much for a beer that has a 100/100 rating on Beer Advocate, but here you go...


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