Taste Test: Russian River Pliny the Elder vs Russian River Pliny the Elder???

Posted: November 1, 2012 in Taste Test Results
Tags: , ,

No…you did not read the headline of this blog post wrong, I compared Russian River Pliny the Elder against itself, just one year later.   As some of you may wonder why in the hell I would age an IPA (especially a Pliny), it was an accident really.  I had gotten some Pliny in a box a long while ago but it had gotten buried in my beer cellar until I discovered it at the end of April when my diswasher crapped out and leaked all over my beer shelves.  At that point, when you are sitting on 7 month old Pliny, you got to find a way to put it to good use…so here it is, comparing a 6 week old Pliny vesus a year old Pliny.

Now the last time I had a Pliny , I thought it was a little thin in the taste from previous batches and hoped that ths time might be better.  I brought the bottles over to The Fuj’s house to try out and get his perspective (although he hates on Pliny because he loves Heady Topper) Here were the results of the taste test:

Botte Date: 9-19-12

Appearance: Golden Straw Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head, Some Lacing (4 out of 5)
Smell: Grapefruit, Piney, Mild Grainy Malt (4 out of 5)
Taste: Piney, Grapefruit, Grainy Malts (4.5 out of 5)
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter (4 out of 5)
Overall, a really great IPA with some really nice malt character and hoppiness. (4.23 out of 5)

Bottle Date: 10-4-11

Appearance: Golden Straw/Orangish Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head, Some Lacing (4 out of 5)
Smell: Semi Grainy Malts (3 out of 5)
Taste: Semi Grainy Malts (3 out of 5)
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet (3.5 out of 5)
Overall, definitely an absence of hops…the hue was definitely darker and the malt character much more prominent. (3.16 out of 5)

New Pliny vs Old Pliny

Like the bottle says…Don’t Age Your Pliny!  Lesson Learned….

Advertisements
Comments
  1. […] to slam them down immediately and have in the past had an IPA or two get lost in my basement (ie Pliny) well past their bottling date, but this is an exception as these are some great and highly rated […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s