Beer 351/365 – Russian River Damnation

Russian River Damnation

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 7.75%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Really spicy for the style.

Will I be drinking this again: Honestly I was pretty underwhelmed by this one, so probably not.

Grade: B

10/25/2010: Received this as an extra in a trade a few weeks back. The initial trade was for a bottle of Lost Abbey Deliverance, which sounds like its going to be amazing. Going to let it age a bit before cracking that bottle open though.

The nose is a little different than I expected, a bit funky, with some pepper and clove going on. The flavor isn’t too bad at first, slightly fruity, white wine type thing going on, with a little bit of spice. As you get to the bottom half of the bottle the spice/clove just takes over, and makes it a bit tough to take. Not sure if I got an over spiced batch, but the amount of pepper/clove really just throws the balance off in my opinion. Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated, and finishes dry. Overall I was pretty disappointed in this one.

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Beer 168/365 – Russian River Pliny the Elder

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Kevin from Colorado brought some back for me

What makes this beer different: Lighter Imperial IPA, lots of hop action without being too bitter

Will I be drinking this again: I have another one that I am waiting to crack open for a week or so, but yes

Grade: A

4/25/2010: So apparently Pliny the Elder is pretty readily available out west. Kevin brought me back a couple bottles. I am not a huge hop head but still wanted to try this beer because of all the hype behind it.

Wow, this stuff literally the room with hop aromas before I even poured it. I can’t imagine how strong smelling it would have been fresh. Pliny is no doubt about smack you in the face hops, again if it were fresh it would almost be too much for me. Not nearly as “sticky” as other DIPA’s I have had. I am by no means going to act like I can pick out the exact hop flavors, but they are intense and plentiful. From what I understand there are 5 different hops used to make this bad boy. Other than the 70/30 hop/malt balance I am getting, I get a little bit of lemon also. Overall the flavor is very very unique, and it is much more crisp than any other DIPA I have ever had, but I needed a tad bit less hop bitterness or a little more malt for me to give this an A+.

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