The world of IPAs has gotten very interesting over the last decade or two, I won’t go into great detail on my thoughts on the subject, but it seems that there are as many subsets of the style are there are actual IPAs. The truth of the matter though is that the IPA, as we know it here on the west coast, has been around for quite a while, and in many ways was responsible for the birth of the craft beer movement as we know it. Pliny the Elder, a double IPA from Russian River Brewing in California is possibly one of the best examples of a beer that helped create a movement. It was the first west coast style IPA, but one could argue that it is one of the most sought after and highly rated one.
Pliny has been on my beer wish list for a long time. It’s distribution is somewhat limited to the Southern California area, but kegs of it will end up in tap rooms across the country from time to time. I was fortunate enough recently to have a friend of mine offer me a bottle from a case that he got his hands on. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity.
I’m going to be very up front about this, I have had better IPAs, but this is a VERY good IPA. This is one of those beers that seems to really stand the test of time. Take it’s Untappd rating for example. As of my writing this, it has been reviewed over a half a million times by over 200,000 unique users and still holds a rating of 4.54. That is a MASSIVE.
I did say that I have had better IPAs, but that really shouldn’t be all that surprising. New IPAs are being released by breweries each and every day, and any brewery that is worth visiting is always trying to up the game and make a better beer than the one that made last time. This is great for those of us that love craft beer, and we have to thank beers like Pliny The Elder for that, they set the bar early and set it high.
I really did enjoy this bottle, and hope to get more of it at some time and would highly recommend it to you if you come across it at your local bottle shop or tap room.