Farbrew’s Beer Review: Pliny The Elder by Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The Elder
Russian River Brewing Co.

Pliny The Elder

Pliny The Elder is an amazing ale from the Russian River Brewing Company. It has a hazy golden color with a half inch head. My first initial thoughts after first tasting this beer is HOPS. It has a strong taste of hops all around and it is amazing! This is actually has a very interesting story behind it.

Pliny The Elder was a man born in 23 AD and was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, writer, and according to me, an overall “baller.” Apparently, Pliny was one of the men who came up with the botanical name for hops which is “Lupus Salictarius,” which translates to “wolf amoung scrubs.” Hops grew amoung willows at the time which Wolves seemed to enjoy. Pliny died in 79 AD while saving people during Mount Vesuvius. His nephew, who was named Pliny The Younger, decided to carry on his legacy by documenting all of Pliny The Elders experiences during Mount Vesuvius. This beer is dedicated to “Pliny The Elder” who discovered hops and dedicated his life to helping others.

This beer is meant to be drunk fresh. Keep it well refrigerated if you don’t drink it right away. The freshness brings out the strong flavor of hops which makes this beer so amazing. Anyone that sees this on the shelf needs to pick this one up without hesitation. NO JOKE!

ABV: 8.0%
IBU: 67

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