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Pliny the Younger

19 Feb

Last weekend I went up to Russian River Brewing Co with a group of friends (by bike, in fact, a 130-mile round trip from San Francisco, but that’s a story for another day or blog…) for their two-week window of Pliny the Younger on tap.

After three hours waiting in line to get in (which passed surprisingly quickly due to good company and a boom box with some James Brown), I had a glass of this triple IPA in hand:

I went in expecting to be a bit disappointed and feel “well, at least I’ve checked that off my list”, because so few hyped things live up to expectations, because Pliny the Elder is a fine beer but not one that I go out of my way to order, and because “look at how many hops we put in this, rah rah rah” IPAs aren’t my favorite style.

But I loved it.

If anything, it tasted less hoppy (or at least less bitter) than Pliny the Elder and many of the heavily-hopped Pacific Northwest beers I didn’t like at the Oregon Brewers’ Fest.  It had the scent and initial taste of strong (“resinous”?) pine and grapefruit, but they weren’t overwhelming, and I could actually taste  the malt and some rich other flavors brought out by the heavy alcohol content (10.7%).

Russian River Brewing Co

31 Dec

I took a bike trip up to the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa for the first time.

While you can get most of their beers at City Beer Store, they had a few there I’d never heard of:

We started with the 18-beer sampler:

My favorites were mostly ones I knew I liked:

  • Damnation 23 (golden color, strong, a bit sweet (like a belgian tripel?), aged with oak chips). I’ve bought it a few times, but didn’t realize until this trip that it’s 10.5% ABV. Whew.
  • Consecration (sour dark beer aged in red wine barrels)
  • Supplication (sour brown ale aged in pinot noir barrels with sour cherries)
  • Perdition (malty blonde?)

A few others I liked:

  • Mortification (dark, fruity, quad)
  • Russian River Porter
  • Damnation (blonde ale)

I was less into the IPAs (as expected) including Pliny the Elder (sorry, fellow beer geeks), the Aud Blonde, the stout, or the Rejection and Defenestration, despite their cute names.