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Comparable to Pliny?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by rholmes, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. jasoncheb

    jasoncheb Aficionado (225) Virginia Nov 23, 2012

    Definitely a fun time not only tasting the difference in the DIPAs, but also acquiring them.
     
  2. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poobah (1,070) California Jan 31, 2005 Beer Trader

    ^^^
    **SWINGS**
     
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  3. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Champion (795) North Carolina Feb 16, 2011 Verified

    Columbus Brewing IPA not as much citrus?! when fresh CBC IPA is basically like biting into a sweet grapefruit!
    Head Hunter is a fruit bomb. White Rajah with a little citrus is close to Pliny.
    If you could combine Arctic Panzer Wolf and Dreadnaught, then take away some of the alcohol bite, youd be close to PtE.
     
  4. This x100.
     
  5. DrHopHead

    DrHopHead Aficionado (175) Michigan May 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    I would agree with the Kuhnhenn DRIPA and for a single you can't beat Huma Lupa Licious.
     
  6. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Savant (445) Pennsylvania Mar 7, 2009 Beer Trader

    In OH there is White Rajah, Columbus IPA, and Head Hunter IPA. Also, Fresh 2XIPA.
     
  7. Your bitter valentine was probably old unless someone picked it up from the brewery in the last week
     
  8. jasoncheb

    jasoncheb Aficionado (225) Virginia Nov 23, 2012

    Yep, I picked it up from the brewery on Saturday. They only had about a case and a half left, I grabbed 4 of them since I had my wife with me. Chuck was only giving out 2 per customer.
     
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  9. No surprise and without a doubt agree because of varying palates. Same issue in the whisk(e)y world of enthusiasts. I find it interesting and educational to read the differing opinions.

    One thing is for certain, this is a thread that toots the horn for quality DIPA's. As I cull the posts, I'm looking for several references of something I have not tried that is getting good reviews. Looks like I need to go get some L. Sucks (which I passed up two days ago as I was unfamiliar with it)!
     
  10. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    In the nude too.
     
  11. HOP_KING

    HOP_KING Savant (285) Illinois Jan 30, 2013

    Pliny is my favorite along with ZD. It has the perfect amount of hops.
     
  12. coachdicarlo

    coachdicarlo Initiate (0) Missouri Apr 20, 2012

    Thanks for posting your opinion on something that has nothing to do with the question the OP asked.
     
  13. abkayak

    abkayak Savant (495) New York Jan 8, 2013 Beer Trader

    i hope not.....im pretty down on all the FF i've tried....and ready to travel for Pliny
     
  14. WhiteJordan

    WhiteJordan Savant (255) Washington Sep 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    Boneyard Hop Venom
     
  15. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (630) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    I'm tellin' you guys, It's Lagunitas Sucks. I had just finished a case of Sucks right before having a bottle of pliny and thought they tasted exactly the same, aroma, look and everything.
     
  16. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Advocate (630) District of Columbia Aug 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    Having my first one ever, and I have to agree completely. Found some fresh Sucks (20 days old) and it's incredible. Loaded with piney hops. Even looks the same.
     
  17. namyarb3

    namyarb3 Aspirant (45) Washington Feb 26, 2013

    Sucks is a fantastic replacement for PtE. Flavor profile, mouthfeel, aroma, etc. To me, and my unrefined face-hole, is creepy similar.
     
  18. yeah what everyone else is tellin ya. lagunitas sucks, and of course jai alai. you have cigar city man. enough said.
     
  19. grrrah

    grrrah Savant (430) California Sep 21, 2009 Beer Trader

    Enjoy by and Hop Venom are the closest (Havent had Maine's Lunch).

    Heady Topper is great, and very different, but if I had an endless supply of both, I would probably pick the pliny 60% of the time.
     
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  20. Alpine's Pure Hoppiness or Alpine's Bad Boy.
     
  21. Moral of the story,nothing compares to pliny.often imitated,never duplicated.there are other excellent dipas,everyone has their preference on which is the best but pliny is the shit!
     
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  22. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Champion (790) California Mar 28, 2009 Beer Trader

    There is no substitute.

    [​IMG]

    Oh yeah, bottled 2/19!
     
  23. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    Sucks, maybe even a little better, maybe, never done a side by side.
     
  24. patkorn

    patkorn Savant (270) California Aug 30, 2007

    Green Flash Imperial, Stone Enjoy By, CCB Jai Alai. A mouth full of Nugget hops.
     
  25. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Advocate (540) Minnesota Jan 23, 2013 Beer Trader

    Hands down!
     
  26. Ipaupaweallpa

    Ipaupaweallpa Savant (435) Alabama Dec 26, 2014 Beer Trader

    Ruination 2.0
     
  27. Roguer

    Roguer Poobah (1,105) Connecticut Mar 25, 2013 Beer Trader

    Though it's a single IPA, I found Alesmith IPA to share a remarkably similar flavor profile to PtE. Maybe that's just me.

    Beyond that, not much else really reminds me of PtE. As @Ipaupaweallpa suggests, Ruination 2.0 isn't a bad fit.
     
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  28. NealioATX

    NealioATX Aficionado (195) Texas Oct 28, 2015

    I just got a beer by Knee Deep called Breaking Bud. I was told that the series they're doing is right up there with Pliny.
     
  29. I find Lagunitas Sucks very similar
     
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  30. jssf

    jssf Aficionado (245) California Dec 16, 2015 Verified

    Agreed. And Enjoy By.
     
  31. Pisthetaerus

    Pisthetaerus Savant (270) Connecticut Dec 3, 2014 Beer Trader

    After a 2 week cleanse and various enemas.
     
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  32. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poobah (1,025) Kansas Jul 5, 2009 Verified

    Take this for what it's worth, but I've only had two bottles of Pliny in my life that I paid $20 apiece for, and to this day I still haven't found anything even close to it. It's the only beer out of 1,000 I've tried that actually did live up to the hype. I would love to have another bottle and see how my opinion fares from 5 years ago. Lagunitas is awesome but I can't compare it to Pliny because Lagunitas has such a unique taste in all of their beers, if you know what I mean? There is no comparison in my opinion.
     
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  33. Never been able to try pliny, but I thought sucks had a sweet taste. Not bad in any way.
    Note: I am likely the least obsessive about beer around here.

    But I sure like beer.
     
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  34. OShawn1

    OShawn1 Aspirant (40) California Feb 5, 2016

    Have to say Ballast Point Sculpin, drunk really cold. However, not a big fan of PTE
     
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  35. skeeterloveshops

    skeeterloveshops Aficionado (195) California Dec 24, 2015 Beer Trader

    The newest Stone Enjoy by, Which is "Enjoy by 2/14 unfiltered" is the closest thing I have ever tasted to pliny, and I drink it multiple times a week. It is great and the only similar tasting brew ive ever had.
     
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  36. skeeterloveshops

    skeeterloveshops Aficionado (195) California Dec 24, 2015 Beer Trader

    The new Enjoy By 2/14 unfiltered tasted so similar to pliny! That's exactly what I thought
     
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  37. Scott17taylor

    Scott17taylor Advocate (720) Iowa Oct 28, 2013 Beer Trader

    Just drink enjoy by instead it's a better beer.
     
  38. skeeterloveshops

    skeeterloveshops Aficionado (195) California Dec 24, 2015 Beer Trader

    I wouldn't say better myself, but nearly identical and a hell of a lot easier for most to get
     
  39. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Advocate (640) California Mar 2, 2013 Beer Trader

    Hop Stoopid is basically a PtE clone.
     
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  40. Scott17taylor

    Scott17taylor Advocate (720) Iowa Oct 28, 2013 Beer Trader

    I though Pliny was quite a bit lighter in flavor, maybe it's because my bottle was 6 weeks old but it wasnt super hoppy and didn't taste as high in alcohol.