This is a series of unpretentious, yet thoughtful, beer reviews of beers brewed all over the world. Todays beer is:
Pliny The Elder: Russian River
A true classic, a beer that is still heavily sought after. This old school hop bomb comes in 500ml bottles covered in simple graphics and reminders to enjoy fresh. No frills or modern artwork here because the liquid inside is made to speak for itself.
Pours out goldenrod with a thick white head.
The aroma comes out of the bottle as soon as its cap is popped off. It is woodsy and sweet. Loads of pine and light citrus notes.
Almost shocking. A beer like this really helps one see how the climate of the average ipa has changed. Bold bitterness and sweet alcohol come through first followed by wood, tangerine and light grass flavors. Impressive body, medium-high with a touch of creaminess.
My tongue has adjusted to the initial “bracing” bitterness and the beer has become incredibly smooth. Like a savory dish this beer keeps me coming back quickly for more sips. Toast and light caramel flavors begin to come through but the hops hold strong.
Big citrus, alcohol out the nose. Mildly Acidic.