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Review by Dr. Rockzo on 11/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 2 11 19 5 10 0
Originally reviewed 06-09-2008 (this is purely for the growler, bottles aren't as amazing but still are damn good).

Finally, the illusive and sought after Pliny! Received a fresh growler from the RR brewpub in a fabulous trade. Poured generously into my tulip glass.

A: A gorgeous shining orange/amber color with just the slightest bit of haze and floaty goodness. A huge, off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing in my glass. Very much like sea foam, and similar to the Blind Pig IPA I had last night, only even frothier and thicker.

S: Huge hop smell upfront, as expected from the hype. Complex mix of ruby red grapefruit, oranges, lemon zest, and a fresh floral essence. Being a double, there is also a bit more sweet, caramel malts present in the smell compared to the Blind Pig. Very enticing and pungent aromas.

T: Yummm...I'm in awe that I'm even drinking this nectar of the gods right now. More huge grapefruit and other citrus flavors mix with fresh pine needles and a floral hop taste. Sweet malts enter in to help balance the huge hop load. The hype holds up again.

M: I think this is where RR excels in their IPAs. This beer has the most perfectly balanced, medium body and light to medium carbonation. The hop oils coat the tongue wonderfully and leave a clean, tingly bitterness lingering. So perfectly clean and smooth drinking.

D: At only 8%, and incredibly smooth and balanced (while still being a hop bomb) I find this to be the near perfectly drinkable DIPA. Clean, bitter, refreshing, balanced, I could go on. Time for another!

As close to a perfect DIPA I've had so far. The Port Hop 15 comes close, but Piny lives up to the hype and I'm so glad to have tried it fresh, strait from Russian River. World class DIPA and a holy grail worth seeking.

Served In: Tulip