Schools Of Thought
Pliny The Elder was a Roman author and Army Commander that lived around 25 A.D. When not destroying opposing forces, The Elder would exercise his naturalist side, and study the growth of plant life in his surroundings.
He was the first person to write about and record information on hops, one of beers 4 main ingredients.
As such, Vinnie Cilurzo, Brewing God at Russian River Brewing Company, named his new experimental Double I.P.A. after said naturalist. So how did the Double I.P.A. come to be?
“An accident”, says Cilurzo. “I used 50% more malts, so I needed to add 100% more hops.”
Many do not believe the process was accidental at all, but it makes for a great story to attach to the already legendary brew. A hefty 8% beer that smells of grapefruit and lime zest, the big evergreen scent can be detected from 4 feet away. It’s a powerful lady.
Full of excessive bitterness and soft malts, the sticky residue left behind in your mouth is quite nice; a harmonious blend of sweet and bitter notes show the true strength and length of this supremely blanced Double I.P.A.
Russian River Brewing Pliny The Elder Double I.P.A. can be found on draft in very limited quantities around the city.