Russian River’s “Pliny the Elder” needs no introduction. It is one of the beers that made the IPA what it is today. But their mad scientist brewer, Vinnie Cilurzo, is still finding ways to improve upon greatness. This brings us the (soon to be year-round) release, Double Dry-Hopped Pliny the Elder.
Considered to be the father of the Double IPA, Vinnie knows what to do with hops. He has experimented with every kind of hop and technique there is. While I will not get into the details of the recipe (which I have linked here, just for you), DDH Pliny is a labor of love. Brewed for the Presidential Election last year, the brewery brought it back due to the massive buzz it received.
All the piney, resiny, dank yet balanced flavors of the original, with the extra dry hopping adding to the nose. Always a balanced beer, this two-stage dry-hopped beer truly showcases how it is not enough to just toss hops in a beer and call it an IPA. Russian River has perfected this science, mostly because they pioneered a lot of it. So I implore you, while this beer may be hard to find, make the effort.