Russian River Brewing Company – Pliny The Elder

This is my second time having Pliny the Elder. The first was on tap at Monks in Philly. I think it was much better on tap. Jon acquired this in a trade with one of our friends from the west coast. Still an amazing beer, regardless of how you enjoy it.

Pliny the Elder is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops. It is well-balanced with malt, hops, and alcohol, slightly bitter with a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. Best enjoyed FRESH! That is why we make it in such limited supply. Actual bottling date is printed on each bottle!

Where did we come up with this name? Back in the year 2000, our friend, Vic Kralj, who owns the Bistro in Hayward, California, decided to have his first ever Double IPA festival. Vic invited 10 breweries, 6 of whom (including us) had to brew something special for him since we had nothing that would fall under this style category. Vinnie had made a Double IPA at Blind Pig in 1994, but was not brewing one at Russian River Brewing at the time. He had an idea for the recipe, but not a name. After much research in beer books, brainstorming, and deliberation, we came up with “Pliny the Elder”. Pliny, the man, lived in the first century- 23 to 79 A.D. According to our brewing references, he and his contemporaries either created the botanical name or at least wrote about Lupus Salictarius, or hops, currently known as Humulus Lupulus. That was a very early reference to an important part of any Double IPA! Pliny the beer has now become one of our flagship brews!

Pliny the Elder was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who wrote about his uncle succumbing to ash and smoke during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. while rescuing people. Cheers to the scholar, historian, officer, writer, and Roman Naturalist- Pliny the Elder!

Snip credited to Russian River Website

I couldn’t imagine having this stuff at my fingertips when I wanted it. Given we have some great stuff around us in NYC (Ithaca – Flower Power wooo, Kane – Head High). I also would kill to get my hands on some younger. I need to make the trip out to RR for the release, or drive down to philly for the madness charity day they do at Monks

As you can see from the pic below, it pours a nice Golden color and has a pugnet fruity aroma mixed with the piney / floral tones that you get from your DIPA’s. Rolling right into a nice bitter citrusey taste balanced very well. Overall I can see why its rated so high and sought after. It’s drinkable and just has flavors that appeal to me(maybe not  for everyone)!

without further ado… here she is:

PtE

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Avery Brewing Company – DuganA

Picked up this guy at Hoboken Vine before sandy. It poured an amberish yellow. Very hoppy piney aroma that rolls into a fruity citrus taste. Very good for 90 or so IBU’s! I would definitely have another.

Also on the lookout for Maharaja, not able to find it in my area… YET!

Beer Style: Double India Pale Ale
Hop Variety: Chinook, Centennial and Columbus
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, dark aromatic, caramel malt
ABV: 8.5%
IBUs: 93

Dugana

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Lagunitas Brewing Company – DayTime

This stuff was FANTASTIC. I gotta say, I absolutely love Lagunitas. With this and their Sucks release, They really did a great job brewing. There are a few others from them out there that are great as well.

Availability: July
ABV: 4.65%

This to me is the perfect tailgating IPA. It’s light and refreshing. It pours a really light yellow shade, refreshing hop smell on the nose (this thing is only 4.65% remember!!!). Very balanced and all around nice on the palate. Very happy with this beer! Seek some out in July, you won’t be disappointed.

Daytime

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Ballast Point Brewing Company – Double Dorado IPA

You can see the xmas lights in the background. I am still filling a backlog of beers here… I drink way faster than I can post!

This stuff was delicious, highly recommend it if you can get your hands on a bottle.

I am trying out a new vertical posting size as I think the larger format were a little too big for the smaller screens.

Double Dorado

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Kane Brewing Company – Head High

Jon(my bro) being closer to their brewery has been picking me up treats recently from Kane. Mother of god are they awesome. I have yet to crack the Malus or Three Sixty Five, but those will be soon. He snagged me a growler of Head High and I couldn’t get enough. Super fresh, with am awesome fruity punch to the nose. They did a great job of balancing the malt, bitterness and the citruses flavors.

Overall, to me whatever IPA you can get fresh is the best, and this baby ranks easily in my top 5. I can’t wait to see what else these guys come out with. I need to make a visit to the brewery soon, for another fill of head high and some DIPA gloriousness of their other offerings.

My mouth is salivating just looking at this pic…

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co – Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

Snagged this bottle of Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale when I was back home in Pittsburgh for pretty cheap. not one of my favorites, but you can’t love them all. It pours a hazy light amber color as you can see from the pic. A really sweet smell and not much hops on front of the taste, the sweet smell carries through the taste pretty well and then you get the hops mid/end with a little bitterness.

BeerAdvocate Link – BA Score 92 / NA

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Stone Brewing Co – EnjoyBy 12.21.12

Stone’s experiment DIPA. Man is this thing amazing. It is only shipped to a few states each batch, but wow are they fresh. I think I had this thing at 6 days old. It is definitely up there with my top DIPAs. I highly recommend you check out their website and read more about the project. It truly is awesome, and they are adding in social media! http://www.stonebrewing.com/enjoyby/

About Stone Enjoy By IPA

Stone Fresh Beer Initiative

As you can see from the picture below, it pours a golden honey color that truly is a beautiful sight. You can see the carbonation bubbles forming a little tornado on the glass (def my fav part, who doesn’t like beer tornado’s). You are blasted in the face with grapefruit, citrus piney aroma. You can literally smell it 5ft away. This thing rolls across the mouth so well, very light and just a real treat to enjoy. Exactly what you’d expect from a fresh IPA, extremely balanced with tons of hop flavor. I hope NJ/NYC gets more of this stuff, I always snag at least 3+ bottles.

See you soon my friend, see you soon.

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Elysian Brewing Company – The Four Pumpkins

I picked up Elysian Brewing Company in a 4 pack of bombers. I loved the bottle art on all 4 of these beers, only one of them disappointed on the taste!

The Great Pumpkin

Poured a beautiful golden orange color. It had a lot of spices in the nose, mainly I remember cinnamon & nutmeg. It had a really awesome smell, instantly drew me in. There’s a lot of fresh pumpkin in the taste, but it is masked by all the delicious spices on the nose. Finishes well, a little malty.

BeerAdvocate Link – BA Score 92 / NA
RateBeer Link – 96 Overall / 99 Style

Hansel And Gretel

I was so disappointed in this one because it had my favorite bottle art. It pours Light golden similar to pils. As soon as I poured it, Lauren could smell the ginger standing over me. It was HUGE on the ginger. I couldn’t pick up on anything in the taste because it was just all ginger. It honestly tasted like dish soap to me with ginger in the bottom of the glass. Neither of us liked it, at all.

BeerAdvocate Link – BA Score 74 / NA
RateBeer Link – 65 Overall / 75 Style

Elysian

Next up is the second part of the 4 pack, Dark O’ The Moon. This is more the chocolaty pumpkin ale. Poured jet black, with a slight half finger head. Smelled of pumpkin and cocoa on the nose. smooth chocolate taste, with some spices mixed in. Hard to tell which ones are there as its masked very well by the cocoa and pumpkin (cinnamon is the only discernible one). This was my second favorite overall!

BeerAdvocate Link – BA Score 88 / NA
RateBeer Link – 98 Overall / 99 Style

Night owl was the last one, it poured an amberey orange color. Once again a lot of spice on the nose, but a perfect mixture with the pumpkins. This comes across huge on the pumpkin flavor with some spicy twang on the end. Really, Really good pumpkin ale. This one is also tied for 2nd!

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