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Russian River Pliny The Elder

Pliny The Elder

NAME: Pliny the mutha-shut-yo-mouth Elder
BREWERY: Russian River
ORIGIN: Santa Rosa, CA
ABV: 8.0%
REVIEW: This is a special one fellas. Honey color, white foamy head with moderate lacing, rich citrus and tropical fruit smells hit you right away, sweet taste up front with a red grapefruit-y bitter finish. It’s bitter but balanced, sweet but smooth, complex but super drinkable. This is the gold standard my friends. Only to be enjoyed in the presence of a globe and leather-bound book.

goodwilltasting grade: A+

EDITOR’S NOTE: When I lived in California a few years ago, you could get this beer at almost any beer store, specialty market, and basically any Whole Foods. It was still just as good but I guess demand wasn’t as high so it was relatively easy to get. The last time I visited California I had to call around to a couple markets to find it in stock and even when I did find one they had a 1 bottle per customer limit.  One bottle!  I have friends back on the East Coast who have been dying to try this beer so they could have tripled their sales right then but they said no.  I get it, demand greatly exceeds demand. Pliny is gaining quite the following and I am happy for Russian River for creating such a wanted beer.

First of all, I want to say this: I liked it before it was cool. Sorry there aren’t many things I can say that about so just wanted to get it out of my system. Second: If you are hoarding this beer, please do not. It’s a heavily-hopped beer and time is of the essence to drink it at it’s peak taste. Third: If you are a price-gouging reseller, please stop. I saw an ad on craigslist selling bottles of Pliny for $20 a pop. You sir, are the worst. You ruin it for everyone else. And while I’m at it, the same goes for ticket scalpers and people who sell their cronuts for $50 in Manhattan.

For everyone else who has since starting enjoying Pliny the Elder and thus created such a beer drought, I commend you.  You have chosen wisely.

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Russian River Pliny the Younger (it’s kind of a big deal)

It’s Valentine’s Day, playas. I hope you’re treating your ladies right. If you’re single, I hope you’re enjoying a cold one with good friends. If you don’t have friends, get off the computer right now and put yourself out there man!

Anyway, here is a Valentine’s Day review of a VERY SPECIAL beer I tried around the same time last year. This here is Russian River’s ever elusive Pliny the YOUNGER!!!! This beer only makes an appearance once a year, is released in draught form in VERY limited qualities, and is usually kicked come happy hour (or if you’re in Massachusetts, come closing time, since happy hour is illegal here, which is ridiculous).  Anyway, I tried this at Local 44 back in Philly last year. In case you were wondering, I took a day off from work and got to the bar by 10 am to try it, and I don’t regret it one bit.  It is an incredible beer. So without further ado, here is the review:

Russian River Pliny the Younger

NAME: Russian River Pliny the Younger
TYPE: American Triple IPA
ORIGIN: Santa Rosa, CA
ABV: 11%
REVIEW: Golden amber color, white foamy head, medium-strong hop nose with nice citrus fruit, nice, crisp bittersweet taste with a crisp mouthfeel, smooth, sweet, finish. Huge, smooth, delicious IPA that you wouldn’t know was 11% unless you read the menu. Despite the anticipation, I actually still prefer Pliny the Elder but still very much worth the effort.

goodwilltasting grade: A

By the way, in case you haven’t yet, you should definitely check out my QUICK BEER REFERENCE, where you can find all my reviews in convenient spreadsheet form. Do it.

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