Pliny the Elder is an imperial IPA and is brewed by Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA. It is 8% ABV and 100 IBUs.
BEWARE! This beer is for hopheads only! If you don't like hops, then do not attempt to drink this beer.
A few quick points... On the pour there was a two finger head. Very clear, crisp, light amber look to the beer. Not much lacing on glass.
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When tasting the beer, your tongue takes a lashing from the dry piney bitterness. There is a slight alcohol bite/dryness to it and occasionally the sweet malt stops in to say "hi". At the same time this beer electrifies your tongue. There is a battle between the carbonation, the alcohol and the hop bitterness for the attention of your taste buds. Who will win? With this beer? Always the hops.
It's easy to see how a beer drinker could become accustomed to this and then find every other beer boring. This is a full-fledged attack of bitterness that hits you in the nose, smacks you in the mouth and lingers like a black-eye.
All hopheads should be required by beer law to drink this beer. It's definitely worth a taste.
For meer mortals, this beer gets a 7 on the BBA scale. For the hopgods I give it a 9. I guess I'm somewhere in the middle at an 8. It's a good beer. Try this beer and see what all the fuss is about.
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