Tuesday, November 27, 2012

#6 Russian River "Pliny the Elder"

By Russian River
In Santa Rosa, California
8.00 ABV
Imperial IPA

Pliny the Elder is heralded by some as one of the best IPA's on the market. California is also known to produce the best IPA's in the world. Of course we all crave varying flavor profiles, it seems all across the board beer drinkers rate this beer highly.

Interesting history on Pliny the elder, he was a Roman man who was involved in politics, military, writing, law, philosophy and several other hobbies ensuring his badassedry in history.

Visual: Pours out a hazy orange, slight lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Several fruits, some pineapple juice, a hint of other tropical fruits.

Taste: First thing you get is a very small dose of hops, followed by what seems to be a small dose of pineapple juice. It's very easy to drink and you can't taste much alcohol. Though after you drink it it seems very underwhelming. It offers a very light flavor profile, lacking much diversity. It is very refreshing though, I can imagine drinking several of these in the summer.

Overall: This IPA needs more flavor to it. It's probably one of the most well balanced beers in relation to how well blended the hops and malt are, but it's lacking in any real definition. It's underwhelming and also it isn't very unique. I could see this as a good starter IPA for beer newbies though because of it's drinkability. 88/100

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