Pliny the Elder

By: Russian River Brewing

Product Description: Hands down the most highly coveted IPA in the world. Only a small percentage of beer connoisseurs ever get to enjoy this exceptionally high rated double IPA fresh out of the bottle.

Availability of bottles for sale are extremely limited - very difficult to find in stores and nearly impossible to buy anywhere online. Once word spreads, Pliny sells out almost immediately, so when it's available you have to act quickly.

A masterpiece of brewing, Pliny is perfectly balanced and has a cult-like following unlike any other beer in the world. Not to mention that it's quite possibly the best smelling beer ever. Pliny the Elder is something you simply must experience!

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  • Size: 510 ml Bottle
  • Type: DIPA / Double IPA
  • Alcohol Content: 8.00% ABV
  • Region: Santa Rosa, California
Tasting Notes: Pours a beautiful shade of gold that's brilliantly clear. Pine, citrus and grassy tones on the nose with malty bread notes to round out the dank hop aroma. Hint of pineapple. Bitter grapefruit and pine flavors to start, followed by juicy pineapple, passion fruit, soft mango, and pear. Blend of pale and big bready malts add exceptional balance. Smooth, medium-body mouthfeel.

What's on the bottle...

Pliny the Elder, born in 23 A.D., 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, likened to wolves roaming wild in the forest. Pliny the Elder died in 79 A.D. while saving people during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This beer is an homage to the man who discovered hops and perished while being a humanitarian.

Unlike many of the Russian River Brewing Company beers which are age able, the beer inside this bottle is meant to be consumed fresh. Keep Pliny the Elder refrigerated and consume fresh to experience the explosive hop character.

Respect your beer: Keep cold, drink fresh, do not age! Pliny the Elder is a historical figure, don't make the beer inside this bottle one!

Not a barley wine, do not age! Age your cheese, not your Pliny! Respect hops, consume fresh!

Does not improve with age! Hoppy beers are not meant to be aged! Keep away from heat!

If you must, sit on eggs, not on Pliny. Do not save for a rainy day! Pliny is for savoring not for saving! Consume Pliny fresh or not at all!

More from the brewer

Pliny the Elder is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops. It is well-balanced with malt, hops, and alcohol, slightly bitter with a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. Best enjoyed FRESH! That is why we make it in such limited supply. Actual bottling date is printed on each bottle!

Where did we come up with this name? Back in the year 2000, our friend, Vic Kralj, who owns the Bistro in Hayward, California, decided to have his first ever Double IPA festival. Vic invited 10 breweries, 6 of whom (including us) had to brew something special for him since we had nothing that would fall under this style category. Vinnie had made a Double IPA at Blind Pig in 1994, but was not brewing one at Russian River Brewing at the time. He had an idea for the recipe, but not a name. After much research in beer books, brainstorming, and deliberation, we came up with "Pliny the Elder". Pliny, the man, lived in the first century- 23 to 79 A.D. According to our brewing references, he and his contemporaries either created the botanical name or at least wrote about Lupus Salictarius, or hops, currently known as Humulus Lupulus. That was a very early reference to an important part of any Double IPA! Pliny the beer has now become one of our flagship brews!

Pliny the Elder was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who wrote about his uncle succumbing to ash and smoke during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. while rescuing people. Cheers to the scholar, historian, officer, writer, and Roman Naturalist- Pliny the Elder!

Storage: Keep refrigerated in a dark place. Not for long-term storage.

Serving Tips: Serve fresh, cold and in your best glassware.

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