Russian River Pliny the Elder Double IPA

Russian River Brewing Company
Santa Rosa, CA, United States of America

Vital Statistics

ABV: 8%
Original Gravity: 1.07 / 17.1° plato

Average Scores

Overall: 73 (logged 13 times)
Bottle: 73 (logged 11 times)
Draft: 71 (logged 2 times)

Who's been drinking this

Bottle at Home
Toooooo old.
Bottle at Home
As good as last time.
Bottle at Karthik's
Bottle at A Friend's
Sweeter and less fragrant than I remember from the brewery. Maybe this beer loses its freshness really quickly? I wouldn't have believed it, but the bottles do scream warnings.
Bottle at Xbeer One
Very, very good on draft. A similar overall character to the Row 2, Hill 56, but with the flavors all smoothed out. Smoother, yes, but also a little more boring. Still, very fresh-tasting and tasty.
I've always liked Pliny, it's a great DIPA that isn't too heavy with a good citrusy/piney hopping. After having so many other great DIPAs and IPAs, I wouldn't say that this is so far above the rest. I'd stand a Stone Enjoy By (an IPA) beside this any day. Still, worth trying as it is an excellent DIPA.
Bottle at Home
Much better fresh - bottled on 4/9. Great aroma, with a huge hit of fragrant and resinous hop that goes directly into a dry, pithy, clean but bitter finish. That transition is sudden and dramatic, but it beats syrupy any day of the week. Still a little too bitter to be a favorite, but I'm beginning to see what the fuss is about.
Bottle at Work
Not sure if the bottle was old, because I have nothing to compare it to, but it didn't scream "fresh" at me. Kind of dank, hay-like, sweet finish - really didn't have any of the qualities I've enjoyed in IPAs.
Bottle at Xbeer One
One of the many reasons I was incapable of movement on Friday.
Bottle at B&E's
All day happy hour - yay!