Style: Double IPA
Bottled: Spring 2013? (no bottle date)
Size: 22oz bottle
Bottle Count: unknown
A nice, cost-effective DIPA from southern CA. Nothing too special, just your basic hoppy workman IPA. The only thing against it is that there’s not really anything that makes it stand out in an incredibly crowded field. Good but not great.
I do want to call them out for not bottle-dating, though. They’ve been around for a while and should know better at this point.
I had been thinking about posting up an ISO for this for a while, and lo and behold someone throws a couple in as extras on a trade (thanks John!).
Huge rocky head — and no, I didn’t pour it like an asshole — took a while for it to settle. Big tropical fruit notes, a little pine, and some bubblegum. Holy shit, this is a bitter sonuvabitch. A lot of grapefruit rind, some mango. Pine in the finish. It’s astringent as hell, drying my mouth out like I’ve been in the desert for a week, or going down on Tara Reid. All may not sound very good, but I’m seriously thinking about tracking down a pack before they’re gone.
So I used to live in the other Bay Area, the one on the left coast, and it gave me the opportunity to drive up to Russian River Brewing on the reg. To be honest, it spoiled me a bit. I got used to having Pliny at lots of bars, finding it in grocery stores, and being able to go to the source every weekend if I wanted to.
There’s a reason you keep seeing “Pliny Killer?” threads on BA all the time — Pliny is the king, and that’s why everyone keeps comparing their (usually lesser) DIPAs to it. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few DIPAs that are just as great, but in different ways. Abrasive is fantastic, this year’s Hopslam was great, and Heady Topper is just fucking awesome. But it certainly doesn’t hurt the case for Pliny that I can get it pretty much year-round through mail-order. Abrasive is seasonal, Hopslam is seasonal, and while Heady is year-round, you can’t just order it to your door (yet). For now, I’ll just be happy to drink Pliny whenever I want.