Pliny the Elder won the Gold medal at the "World Beer Cup" in 2006 in the Double IPA category. (note to self: find out how to be a judge at this thing!)
So therefore, I was super excited when my little sister who lives in Oregon was able to score me a bottle of this for my birthday!
All over the bottle are phrases saying things like, "DRINK ME NOW!" Drink while fresh, fresh hops are best, do not age, drink me please!!!
So this bottle was about a month old. And it was delicious.
I poured it into my new and sexy Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass. It was a lovely orange with 1-2 fingers of sudsy white head. It slided viscously around the sides of the glass.
The smell...Oh the smell. When I opened the bottle, hops just poured out of it. Orange. Pineapple. Pine. Grass. Mango. A bit of spice. Very enticing.
And the taste. Oh boy, lots o' hops! The taste went from sweet fruits to bitter pines. The mango was really present. Sweet citrus to bitter pines with a bit of spice, maybe pepper. Each sip left a huge hop presence in my mouth; I felt like I'd be tasting hops forever.
This was absolutely delicious. Tremendously hoppy and tasty. While I was disappointed when the bottle was empty, it did get a wee bit bitter for me after a while. Still awesome. I'm so glad I got to try this! Hopefully I'll get to try Pliny's Younger one day too! Thanks sis.