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Pliny the Elder

 
RATING
97

Now that Pliny’s bottled, the whole world can share in this beer’s lore. It pours beautifully, with straw-yellow liquid beneath a puffy, white head. Nosing this brew is akin to breathing in the dankest, freshest hop field in the Northwest: clean, green, and intense. The taste is equally captivating, as a thin layer of malt sweetness appears briefly before acquiescing to heavy hop floral notes and massive bitterness that seems to claw the palate. In the second swallow, opulent pine, and grapefruit skin flavors coalesce, while spicy lavender notes fall like confetti on this hugely hop-forward experience. Though hailed for its complexity, Pliny’s an incredibly tightly constructed beer that has an almost unparalleled drinkability for the style.

 

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