Friday, January 9, 2009

Russian River Brewing Co, Pliny the Elder

I first tried Pliny the Elder on tap and was blown away at the strength and quality of the hops that carried even throughout the beer's taste. While not quite as impressive in the bottle as on tap, it still retains its great flavor and taste. Simcoe hops have strong citrus flavors and Russian River has developed these to burst with grapefruit early and turn to or more lemon rind bitter at the end. One of it's particularly interesting and defining features is it's very light, almost gold, color, and the body is especially light for imperial IPA. Light enough even to enjoy on a hot day.

Pliny the Elder: *****

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