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Beer Review: Pliny the Elder


Russian River Brewing

American ales, American Double / Imperial IPA

Vinnie did a masterpiece here and naming it after the Roman scholar who created the botanical name for hops is, absolute perfection!

Doing your first video sucks. Let me re-iterate. Watching your first video “review” sucks. Yes, I made a few mistakes, but I told myself that all of my reviews will NOT be edited or re-done just because I 
just have to make it right and perfect. Practice makes perfect right!?

Onward to the Pliny the Elder Review!
Again, as I mentioned above in my sub-par video, Pliny the Elder is THE double IPA of my choice. Everything I look for in a Double IPA. You have the balance, the full body flavor of pine, tangerine, hemp and citrus. What more can you ask for in a double? Oh, yes, a “slight” malt backbone that’s not overpowering but very clean.

First, the freshness/brewed date on my bottle is “yesterday”, 5/26. How’s that for freshness?! My friend, Rob Bassett, being the “Pliny Specialist”, texts me every time he gets a freshly brewed bottle, telling me how “off” it is or how “on” it is. He’s a passionate critic and he LOVES Pliny, so Rob, this Pliny I’m drinking is for you! Clink!

The Pour comes out effervescent and active with little bubbles that climb up and down my glass. This is going to be a good one. The color is a beautiful orange with a slight tinge of amber. A little cloudy.

The smell is tangerine, citrus, hemp and slight malt. If you can smell “bitter”, it’s here also hint of fresh cut grass.

The taste is velvety and smooth. Just the right carbonation that gives it that “spritzy” taste. Scotchy, which gives you the “bite” and balance that I like. This batch has more of a malt dominance. Some bottles seem to vary to me, but this is good. The citrus comes through, then the orange and tangerine.

Vinnie did a masterpiece here and naming it after the Roman scholar who created the botanical name for hops is, absolute perfection!

Pliny the Elder | ABV 8.00% | $4.19/bottle
Russian River Brewing
725 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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