Pliny the Younger (Russian River Brewing)
The legendary limited release Imperial IPA from Russian River pours a clear, pale, hay yellow with a minimal white head. It smells of citrus trees, melons, freshly cut pine, and a little bit of bubblegum. Pliny the Younger offers a very complex mix of bitter and sweet notes on the palette, but it’s subtle and nuanced on both sides of the equation. The pine bitterness is so fresh it’s practically zesty, with more pine needles than palette-wrecking pine resin in the long and lingering aftertaste. There is a dry, cakelike texture to the sweetness, as well as a mixture of melons and citrus fruits, but it’s the oily bitterness that dominates the tongue as those other flavors fade.