Pliny 03.08 batch

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by Zhiguli, Mar 18, 2013.

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  1. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Aspirant (244) Jul 12, 2012 California

    Anyone had it? Thoughts? I felt like I didn't know this beer and I've had it many many times
  2. dunnbeer

    dunnbeer Initiate (133) Jan 5, 2013 California
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    I agree 100%. I drank one Friday bottled 3.08 and it seemed like it was missing several notes. It was piney and bitter and didnt have any of the citrus goodness that it normally does. It tasted very ordinary. I drink it often and this was not the same.
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  3. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,381) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Me thinks you have had it too often. Please send to me and take a break from it. :grinning:
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  4. QuadrantThree

    QuadrantThree Initiate (0) Aug 14, 2011 California
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    Hey, even the Mona Lisa's falling apart.
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  5. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Crusader (735) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia
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    Had it on tap yesterday in Denver. Have no clue what batch it was, but it was definitely not as great as I've had recently in bottles. Maybe they needed to clean their taps or something. Would rather have a fresh Sucks.
  6. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    But what about beer? :confused:
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  7. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California
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    I havent had it yet, but i'm breaking from my Barleywine/Imperial stout phase and planned on getting some this weekend...I'm actually interested to have it again hearing this....Does this mean we less appreciate our own locals, that I lost excitement for a pliny?
  8. coachdicarlo

    coachdicarlo Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2012 Missouri

    Obviously it's infected. Spread the word. PM me if you have any and I will tell you an address to send it to where it can be safely and properly disposed of.
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  9. Chelsea1905

    Chelsea1905 Devotee (452) Sep 3, 2008 Washington
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    I would be glad to sample some. Please BM me (not that type of BM, just a message thanks) and I'll give you my address so I can try some.

    On a serious note, is it possible that so many people will start looking for that "next best thing" or get so wrapped up in hype around other beers that they'll maybe start looking for critiques in what are normally great beers?

    I expect there to be a thread soon about Hopslam>Pliny
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  10. Chelsea1905

    Chelsea1905 Devotee (452) Sep 3, 2008 Washington
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    damn beat me to the punch!

    If you get too much, I'll help you with the extras. But then they'll be too old.
  11. theGlasstronaut

    theGlasstronaut Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    well the obvious reason is because its over 10 days old now. that shit fell off forever ago.
  12. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,449) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    maybe you drank it too cold. maybe you have a cold.
  13. JM03

    JM03 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

    The current batch is always worse than the previous batches.
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  14. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California
    Beer Trader have to go to RR and have them BLAST it in to your mouth from the tank! or it's bad
  15. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,689) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Great avatar
  16. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
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    Did you say 03.08? Thats your problem right there, its 10 days old the hops have obviously faded.
  17. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
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    You beat me too it my friend
  18. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
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    In all seriousness I have had slightly "off" batches of Pliny. They are always good, your always going to have some differences form batch to batch.
  19. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,252) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Call the beer police this is a beer felony
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  20. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    Same old jokes always in these type of threads:
    " Ten days is way too old please send them to me so I can properly dispose of them"

    For the OP: You might have better luck posting this in a local forum to get people who have actually tried it rather than the same old jokes. It also seems that over time it has sort of become blasphemy on BA to suggest that a particular batch or vintage tastes different. People no longer want to admit that its possible for these things to happen from time to time.
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  21. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    You've hit the "Pliny wall", have a few Ranger IPA's then come back and have the Pliny! Don't worry too much, you still have a few days before the Pliny goes sour!!
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  22. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    I just drank a 2.5 month old pliny. It was still good.
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  23. NEO68710

    NEO68710 Initiate (93) Mar 6, 2006 Washington

    RR doesn't distribute to Washington State anymore :slight_frown::angry::slight_frown:
  24. Stevicus

    Stevicus Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2009 California

    The local forums would be deathly silent as no one is willing to criticize the golden calf that is Russian River. They could catch Vinnie peeing into tank and somehow claim it was a new way to pitch yeast or some BS. It is not even being a homer, I think Pliny has literally reached cult, I mean real cult, status.
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  25. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    This sucks. I just sent a trade with three of these and he's been dying to try it.
    In regards to getting it fresh, there are weeks when I get it at my local Whole Foods in Marin County and it will have been bottled on the same day as when I get it. Sucks doesn't it?
  26. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    I was anxiously waiting for a "this year's Pliny isn't as faptastic as last year's Pliny thread". We've got ourselves a certified Cali beer bro tragedy here. I need to make some popcorn.

    According to the internets, this year's Lagunitas Sucks is better than ever. Get yo-self some!
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  27. samiller

    samiller Initiate (125) May 27, 2007 California

    Sorry to disappoint you guys but Pliny is as good as ever with the occasional batch that's not as great. I had a Pliny from this batch yesterday and my first thought was that it wasn't up to standard. Still good though, but it was lacking something. I have no doubt it will be back on target soon.
  28. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    Hoping the pliny I'll be drinking next monday at RR will be awesome!
  29. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Their batches have varied ever since they began bottling. It's been hit or miss for a very long time.
  30. grandmachine

    grandmachine Initiate (89) Mar 11, 2010 California
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    What a surprise. I guess I wasn't crazy after all when I thought to myself that it tasted different at a beer tasting I had a few days ago. It did taste a bit bland, but I was thinking it was because I had a few beers beforehand and I thought the previous beers altered my taste.
  31. grandmachine

    grandmachine Initiate (89) Mar 11, 2010 California
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    I would've drain poured that brew bro.
  32. rgco

    rgco Initiate (26) Apr 2, 2012 California

    Same here, that batch tasted differently. Thankfully I had some Blind Pig to cleanse.
  33. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    It was thin and artificial tasting
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  34. MLucky

    MLucky Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2010 California

    I agree with the comments regarding variability: I think it's been true for a long time that different batches taste a little different. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I think that's true of pretty every small brewery I'm familiar with. It's not going to be like Budweiser where they do a spectroscopy analysis to make sure every batch is exactly the same every time. I think this is part of reason there are periodically these threads about "I had a pliny and it wasn't as great as I expected?", "Is pliny over-rated?", "Is pliny stale after X number of days?", etc etc etc etc.

    Anyway... even a "mediocre" batch of pliny is damn good beer.
  35. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Aspirant (244) Jul 12, 2012 California

    Yes, I felt the same. Still a great beer but it was different. I had a second bottle the next day to verify. Just some batch variation, nothing to worry about. They change the hop mix a bit I'm sure. Nose was very tame on this one, but another batch is always around the corner
  36. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Aspirant (244) Jul 12, 2012 California

    Yea no. Even after other beers one can generally count on PtE for a big punch in the mouth. Knuckle sandwich I had last night was pretty bomb though.

    On a related note an older lady was very excited to get the last bottle of PtE at WF so that she can mail it to her son in Boston. She did not heed my advice to include some more locals in that shipment. "Common, don't send one bottle"
  37. MrFootstones

    MrFootstones Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2008 California

    I had one a few days after it was bottled and I'd say it was better than average.
  38. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    I'd rather treat my tummy $5 rather than the drain bro
  39. Absolut

    Absolut Zealot (564) Sep 19, 2011 California

    Enjoying a pliny of this batch righy now. I must say rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.

    Long live the king
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  40. kotayk

    kotayk Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    please get your memes correct - its thin watery mouthfeel...
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