kevinator (4531) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2020 Magnificent. Floral and citrus. Smooth body with a medium carbonation. Perfect blend of caramel sweetness with hoppiness. Truly a benchmark. OBeer30 (8) - Bow, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2020 does not count
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UPDATED: MAY 3, 2020 Butelka. Pite dwa razy. Butelkowane 14 lutego, pite jak miało 2 tygodnie i butelkowane 14 lutego, spożywane jak miało ponad 2 miesiące. Typowy west coast. Żywica. Konkret goryczka, jak najbardziej na plus. Słodowość nie męczy. Alko nie czuć. Świetne. Dalekie od obecnych hazy/słodkich/niegoryczkowych/przeowocowych/soczko trendów i takie ma być. W skali untappd to takie solidne 4.5/5 rami_pl (11431) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 30, 2020
UPDATED: APR 30, 2020 Rami Rami is drinking a Pliny the Younger (2020) by Russian River Brewing Company at Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku
Slodki, owocowy zapach. Jest kapink utlenienia. W uscie slodkawe, dosc pelne, ale tak a la „syropek z chmielu” a nie zboze. Ma nieniska ale krociutka goryczke. Tak, robi wrazenie, ale - co oczywiste - nie, nie nadaza za hajpem. Aha, tak, ma 2 miechy :(
Rami Rami: Alko slicznie schowane, ponad 10 vilt a czuc tylko w posmaku bookman10 (2615) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2020 Pours a clear, golden yellow, with smallish head that quickly dissipates. Aroma has some pine, citrus, bread, grass. Flavor is bitter, with pine, citrus, grass, bread/biscuit. Pine-spruce hop finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. It's good--I don't know about 'world-class'--but good. Glad to be able to give it a try.
Klimaet (3664) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2020 Finally getting to try this thanks to Joe! From bottle. Pours clear golden with a white head. Notes of pine, oranges, citrus, resin, herbal, pale malts, lightly tropical, super oldschool dusty ish bitterness, big malty back bone. Just as expected hah Goodgrief (2352) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 7, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2020 On tap at 2SP Jennersville. Cloudy golden pour, frothy head. Grapefruit aroma. Citrus flavor, some herbal notes underneath a solid citrus/grapefruit hop. Complex hop profile. Citrus, herbal, resin comes out a LOT as it warms. Waited a decade for this, glad to tick. tiong (11690) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2020 510ml bottle. Crisp, massively hoppy and bitter with some grass, tropical fruits, pine, resin, citrus, floral and herbal notes. Tasty stuff for a hophead. It's been a while since I've had a properly bitter beer like this. Nomnom Alengrin (8565) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2020 Arguably the most sought-after IPA in the world, the almost mythical offspring of Russian River's legendary Pliny the Elder, created in 2005 as a superlative to the Elder in a sense - effectively creating 'triple IPA' as a genre, even if double IPA and triple IPA are obviously a continuum and both are regarded as one single category on this site. Hopped with Amarillo, Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and more - a complete line-up of famed New World hop varieties, in other words. Originally released as a winter seasonal and so far only made available from tap in the two tasting rooms of the brewery each year in February, but thank the beer gods that the Cilurzos decided to try and bottle it this year - enabling it to travel, with so far one single bottle having reached Belgium, a bottle I was very honoured to get a sample of. If, among all those famous and top class American masterpieces, there was one I never thought I could ever taste, it's this one - so I cannot thank Bart enough for inviting me to the tasting of this celebrity. Medium thick, snow white, mousy, opening head with a waferthin, disparate 'veil' of foam left in the middle; equally hazy bright yellow golden robe. Vibrant, colourful, zesty and slightly dank aroma of drying orange peel, green olives, lime zest, gin, orange water, freshly cut green onions, unripe mango, raw pineapple, dough, peanut oil, yellow grapefruit. Clean but bright and intense fruitiness hinting at unripe mango, green banana and hard pear, lively carbonated though nowhere harshly so; full, smooth-edged, oily body. A rounded, clean white-bready maltiness is soaked in aromatic, yet well-contained hoppiness, pineapple-ish and (green-) oniony, but most of all very zesty (lime, pomelo), providing long lingering 'green and yellow' aromas as well as a long-stretched, but refined peppery bitterness, highlighted by a gin-like alcohol warmth - and topped with an ever so subtle sweaty note (frying shallot). This is about as radiant, refined, wonderfully balanced and at the same time expressive and powerful IPA gets: a truly fantastic beer and a standard in IPA in general indeed, even if the hazy New England idiom has meanwhile taken over the larger part of it. I feel humbled by this kind of perfection - for me, having initially developed a taste for West Coast boldness, this masterpiece is very much worth the hype, though I also have to add that I would probably not wait for eight hours in line for two bottles, like many people in California apparently did a few weeks ago when this was released. That said, I have no idea how IPA can be made any more beguiling, beautiful, radiant, balanced and intelligent; I cannot immediately think of a better one I had and at this level of 'mythical status', scores seem rather petty - so heck, have a near perfect score as far as I'm concerned, you deserve it. Considering how bottles are already sold on the second hand market for hundreds of dollars, the very reason why the brewery never wanted to bottle this beer in the first place, it remains doubtful if this 'experiment' of bottling Pliny the Younger will be repeated next year - so for the time being, I'll consider this a once in a lifetime opportunity, which obviously adds to the experience and, I admit it, to my personal appreciation. salvaticas (1286) - - FEB 22, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2020 On tap at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver! Incredibly smooth. But with intense flavor. It’s all about the palate here. The balance is bonkers. So light but so good.