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691. Sierra Nevada / Russian River Yvan the Great

Sierra Nevada Russian River Yvan the GreatRussian River makes some great beer including some of the most sought after IPAs and sours; Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Supplication, the list goes on and on. Because of this list I was a bit disappointed when I saw the beer included in the Sierra Nevada twelve pack was a Belgian Blonde. 

Pale gold with almost no head. Aroma has plenty of yeast, clove and a bit of lemon. Taste is the best part of this beer with a strong Belgian start and a slightly hoppy lemon finish. Well carbonated very clean finish make this one super easy to drink.

Similar to the last beer I was glad to have tried it but not sure I would want to drink it again. 

Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: This genre-bending beer has the bright, resinous hop profile of an American IPA blended with the dry and complex yeast character of a Belgian farmhouse ale. Yvan the Great is a perfect combination of the two brewing styles—hoppy, dry, spicy, and impressive.

400. Russian River Brewing Blind Pig IPA

Russian River Blind PigThis is another beer I obtained in a trade however the result was a lot better than the Gunga Galunga. Russian River makes some great beer with the most popular being Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder. Blind Pig often flies under the radar but really should get more acclaim as it is a great IPA.

This beer is super clear with a very nice white cap. Aroma is all hops with lots of tropical, grapefruit and citrus. Very appealing beer in both appearance and smell. Taste does not disappoint with those same hops coming though with a slightly bitter finish.

Being a single IPA with 6.1% ABV this beer is very easy to drink and the 500 ml bottle was gone very quickly. If you are able to get Russian River in your area than you probably already know how good this beer is. If you live in an area where you cannot buy it you should try to trade for some, it will not disappoint. 

Alcohol Content: 6.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Russian River
Brewers Description: Full-bodied, very hoppy, citrus, pine, fruity notes with nice dry, bitter finish!

256. Russian River Brewing Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Elder (and Younger) are beers that I had read a lot about but didn’t think I would get a chance to try any time soon. Out of the blue a beer friend contacted me saying he had an “extra” bottle and would like to trade. Fortunately I had a beer that he wanted and we made the trade last week.

Pliny the Elder has a great label letting you know you NEED to drink it fresh, do not age, etc so I was sure to enjoy at my first opportunity. This is an Imperial/Double IPA which is my favorite style of beer lately.

Color is what you would expect from an IPA nice orange with a thick white head. Lots of aroma with plenty of pineapple, resin and a bit of alcohol. Very pleasant and draws you into the beer. Taste has everything you want from big IPA, lots of fruit tastes; pineapple, grapefruit and some pine bitterness. Malts are there to balance things out with a slightly sweet ending. This is one of the best Double IPAs out there and if you get the chance be sure to try it.
Pros: Everything
Cons: Not available in Maine 🙁
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): High
Rating: ★★★★
Brewers Website: Russian River Brewing
Brewers Description: Pliny the Elder is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops. It is well-balanced with malt, hops, and alcohol, slightly bitter with a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. Best enjoyed FRESH! That is why we make it in such limited supply. Actual bottling date is printed on each bottle!

Where did we come up with this name? Back in the year 2000, our friend, Vic Kralj, who owns the Bistro in Hayward, California, decided to have his first ever Double IPA festival. Vic invited 10 breweries, 6 of whom (including us) had to brew something special for him since we had nothing that would fall under this style category. Vinnie had made a Double IPA at Blind Pig in 1994, but was not brewing one at Russian River Brewing at the time. He had an idea for the recipe, but not a name. After much research in beer books, brainstorming, and deliberation, we came up with “Pliny the Elder”. Pliny, the man, lived in the first century- 23 to 79 A.D. According to our brewing references, he and his contemporaries either created the botanical name or at least wrote about Lupus Salictarius, or hops, currently known as Humulus Lupulus. That was a very early reference to an important part of any Double IPA! Pliny the beer has now become one of our flagship brews!

Pliny the Elder was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who wrote about his uncle succumbing to ash and smoke during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. while rescuing people. Cheers to the scholar, historian, officer, writer, and Roman Naturalist- Pliny the Elder!