Pliny The Elder Pliny The Elder

Pliny The Elder

Beer Info

Beer Style
ABV
8%
Vessel
  • Snifter
  • Tulip
Availability
Year Round

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!

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Pliny The Elder 2012-10-05 00:15:19 Martinez
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Martinez Reviewed by Martinez    October 05, 2012

Review

Serving Type
Bottle
Lush Factor
Just getting started
Look
Clear, golden, classic west coast ipa color with a decent lasting white billowy head. Beauty in a bottle
Smell
Hops, hops, and more hops! Tons of cascade, I know because I've brewed a clone. Pine, floral, grapefruit, superb.
Taste
One of the best double ipas I've ever had, it's very bitter as you would expect from a hopped up dipa but it's also well balanced finishing crisp and dry with the bitterness not lingering for Long, just try it. Russian river is amazing.
Feel
Perfect, perfect, perfect.
Drinkability
It's not named after the the roman naturalist for nothing! Do your palate a favor and try it.
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