Pliny the Elder (American Imperial IPA)

What else can be said about Pliny? From the nose, I smell massive sweet hops and citrus. I also try to figure out how they crammed a whole damn pine tree into a little bottle. The pine scent, and later, flavor, stands out.

Drinking it, the beer strikes an amazing balance between floral, orange, hops, and pine. ¬†Really complex beer, but super simple at the same time, with little alcohol astringency (ABV is 8%). My wife thinks it’s awful, but she won’t touch anything with any hop to it, so that’s no surprise. ¬†For such a sought after beer, it’s not too pricey. I generally pay about $5 for a 12oz bottle and drink it immediately.

Russian River Brewing. Santa Rosa, CA.

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