Pliney the Elder Beer Review

pliney the elderHangover School has been a fan of Pliney the Elder for some time now. Made by Russian River Brewing Company, based in Santa Rosa California, this is one beer you’ve got to try.

Here is a review of Pliney the Elder from our Hangover School beer expert.

A Divine Beer!

When beer connoisseurs such as you Hangover School followers and myself explore the vast abundance of beers in search of a revolutionary new recipe that transcends all previously recognized attainableness and contains perfection in a bottle or keg one finds there are many good results but very few divine creations.

One such product exists, one which is universally recognized on the west coast of the United States as a flavor beyond all flavors, a beer which is almost too exceptional to drink, an undrinkable beer, almost not a beer at all, a liquid that engulfs all of the knowledge and perceivable entities of the universe, one whose recipe was sent alongside the ten commandments to be received at mount Sinai, written in fine print at the base of the scroll as to only be seen by those humans with the most acute sense of sight… sorry I got carried away…I suppose the essence of this paragraph is that this beer’s really good… that beer my friends is Pliny the Elder. If you think I am building its magnanimity up to be greater than needed do me one favor, try this beer. Go out and purchase a Pliny the Elder. Put it in a mug sit on your porch, bring it to your lips, as you do so the overwhelming aroma will gently message your nostrils, and proceed to take a sip. Then when you realize the sheer superiority of this beer to others, post a response showing your support for my seemingly embellished statements. Enjoy my friends for the quintessential fear is that this beer may not last forever!

Last night we went out to have a few of these and we introduced one of our friends to the beer for the first time. Let’s just say his name is Hungover Smungover. So Hungover Smungover engages in his first Pliney the Elder. The scene is dictated play by play below.

“Hey, Hungover Smungover. Have you even had a Pliney the Elder before?”
“No I haven’t. What is that? Like a beer or something?”
“Yeah man, it’s a beer. Let’s get one I’m buying.”
Hungover Smungover gets his Pliney the Elder and takes his first sip.
“Man this is insense!” says Smungover.
“How would you describe it?” Hangover School askes.
“Well, this is probably one of the pinest tasting IPAs I have ever had. It is really strong, there must be a tone of alcohol in this.”
“You’re right man. Pliny is a double IPA. It checks in at 8.0% ABV and has a super high IBU rating of 100.”
“What does that mean?” says Smungover
“It just means that it has a lot of alcohol in it and that it is really strong. I mean, you can really feel it in your taste buds right? The pine taste completely consumes the palate and you can feel the alcohol intoxicating you with ever sip, right? Now that you’ve pounded that whole Pliney the Elder how do you feel?”
“I feel kind of drunk man! I have a really good buzz going after only drinking one beer.”
“Yeah man, this stuff rules.”

More on Pliney The Elder

According to Russian River Brewing Company, “Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, “Lupus salictarius”, meaning wolf among scrubs.” Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, Humulus lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle’s legacy by documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.”

8.0%ABV, 1.071 O.G

Gold Medal, 2006 World Beer Cup (Double IPA Category) 
Gold Medal, 2005 GABF (Double IPA Category) 
Bronze Medal, 2004 GABF (Double IPA Category)

Possibility the only downfall to being a Pliney the Elder enthusiast is that it is not widely available. Pliney the Elder is only served at exclusive locations. You will generally find Pliney the Elder at beer bars known for their wide section. Regardless, Pliney the Elder is a Hangover School approved beer. Get out there and drink one!

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