Hype. There are lots of things that get so much hype that they rarely live up to it. The 2010 Dallas Cowboys for instance, plenty of hype, much more disappointment. This evenings beer is one of the most hyped up beers I have ever heard of. Most rate this either the greatest DIPA of all time or damn close to it. Will it live up to that hype? Lets pop that cap and find out.
Beer #74 is Pliny The Elder by Russian River Brewing Company. Pliny, brewed in California, is an American Double IPA or an Imperial IPA. With an ABV of 8% and an IBU rating of 100, this should prove to be a hop heads dream. Of note here, Pliny The Elder was a naval and army commander in the early Roman Empire along with an author, naturalist, and philosopher. Gaius Plinius Secundus, Pliny The Elders proper name, lived from 25 AD to 79 AD.
The Elder poured a lovely orange honey color with a very nice fluffy white head enhanced by the tulip glass. There was some very nice lacing going on for the entire serving size of 16.9 oz. The nose was very fragrant, notes of pine and sweet grapefruit dominate the aroma along with some very nice floral aromas. It tasted exactly how I thought it would judging from what I smelled in the nose. The grapefruit was up front in the taste followed by that hoppy bitterness that I absolutely love. That bitterness had a lingering effect long after the sip was swallowed. The Elder had a nice medium body that was surprisingly smooth for a beer with an IBU of 100. I could drink this all night long but with the 8% ABV it is much better to take it slower. To me, slow is the way to enjoy this. Many enjoyable things are best experienced at a slower pace.
My wife summed this up perfectly…delicious! Pliny The Elder, for me at least, met all of my expectations and surpassed them. Without a doubt it is in my top 5 of beers I have ever had. If you get the chance, do yourself a favor and pick this up. I don’t think you will regret it.