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  1. easong
    August 24, 2019 @ 8:36 pm

    “… a high-gravity hop bomb that attempts to find balance by boosting sugar, alcohol, and bitterness to the maximum. ”

    The point of a high alcohol bitter hop bomb is anything but balance. It’s about hops! Dank, citrusy, piney, bitter, hops. When I see “balance” in the description of a DIPA I move on to the next one. It’s like an apology in advance from the beer maker to those whose tender palates are easily offended. You know if I’m talking to you.

    That being said, the reviewer gave Pliny the exact same judgment as I would, having drank it for going on 17 years.


  2. Purple Hayes
    July 15, 2019 @ 7:40 pm

    You need to travel to the Russian River Brewery public house to get the real taste of Pliny the Elder. What they sell in the bottle does not taste the same as what comes out of their tap. On tap this beer is piney, probably due to large whirlpool and dry hop additions of Simcoe hops. I bought a case of bottles from the pub that were less than 2 weeks old and had one the next day and could taste little of the piney flavors that dominated the day before at the pub. I think that the piney hop flavor is very short lived and quickly disappears from the beer. This beer needs to be kept refrigerated and drank fresh making it difficult to transport it far from the brewery and maintain quality.


    • GT Wharton
      July 15, 2019 @ 9:37 pm

      I’ve been to the brewpub in Santa Rosa several times in the past. For my reviews on The Full Pint, I don’t review beers that are relatively unreasonable for a normal person to access. Most people going to the internet for reviews, I believe, are wanting to know if they should spend the money on X beer at the store. If they are going to Russian River itself, there’s a good chance they already know exactly what they want. The same could be said for every beer on earth that the fresh version from the brewery is better than the bottled version in stores. It’s not really fair to state in the review that it’s not as good as the fresh tap version. Breweries sell their beer in bottles and cans all over the world and ask money for them. It should be good.


  3. Chris St. Mary
    July 15, 2019 @ 5:29 pm

    Not sure but I would think that in the state would be their distribution unless you get close to the state line. I am pretty sure NYC would be Two Roads. Cheers!


  4. Chris St. Mary
    July 15, 2019 @ 5:16 pm

    If you go for Sip, be sure you get a bottle direct from Vermont. They are having Two Roads contract for them and distribute further afield than they do and it’s not the same. I live in Buffalo and they distribute it here. VERY disappointed when I tried it and found it wasn’t the same beer I had in Vermont. Nice beer but not the same.


    • GT Wharton
      July 15, 2019 @ 5:23 pm

      Thanks, Chris, for the info! I’ll be in Vermont next month but wasn’t originally planning to go that far north. Do I need to go up to Lawson’s itself to source the beer or are there places in southern Vermont that would carry the real thing? I had a can recently in NYC that was quite delicious, but I don’t know if it was a Two Roads contract-brewed one.


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