Well, I know it’s not a Sunday Funday, but I couldn’t wait another day to taste and review one of the top 15 beers in the world per Beeradvocate.com After a long week of working in SoCal and trying some great beers, I was able to snag a few of the legendary Pliny The Elders. This was going to be my 1,000th different beer, but I got this early so it’ll make a great 780th! Side note, went hiking for the first time, and it is something this Florida
boy needs to do more often!
Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy sunrise yellow. There is a ton of carbonation that creates a one-finger head that slowly disappears and leaves a wonderful lacing. It continues to effervesce throughout the entire tasting experience.
Aroma: The aroma is nothing to write home about if we’re being honest. To quote the boss lady, “it smells like every other IPA I’ve had”. This means you’re getting piney and citrusy hops. It smells more earthy than anything else.
Taste: Well, I think Tori said it best. “Wow, this is the best IPA I’ve ever had”. Russian River melded piney hops, sweet malt, and the bittersweet carbonation together to create an ultra smooth, delicious IPA that somehow starts dry and ends juicy. Unlike a New England style IPA, this is earthy and piney, but unlike a West Coast style IPA, it is still ultra juicy and has some sneaky notes of citrus. This is the perfect marriage of bitter, sweet, piney, citrusy, dry, and juicy. Unlike the Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, this is best enjoyed fresh and has multiple warnings to not age.
Mouthfeel: This is a velvety smooth drink, which based off the effervescence, I would not have guessed. Considering it is 8%, it is almost as smooth and refreshing as an ice cold water on a hot summer day.
Value: $7.99 for a 17.25oz bomber!? This is the steal of the century. It’s $8 a Bud Light at some bars downtown. Just ignore the cross country flight costs and it’s a great value!
Overall: I think this may be the best IPA I’ve ever had. Definitely a 10/10 would recommend to any beer lover. It is a well blended, excellently balanced IPA that isn’t extreme in any of the flavor profiles that an IPA can be. I wouldn’t recommend this to folks who are new to the craft beer scene just because they may not appreciate it. The only beer that can hold a candle to this is the Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA that has been properly aged. Guys, this beer is off the chain.
Until next time, tight lines and cheers!