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Old 03-02-2012, 04:56 AM   #1
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Default Pliny the Elder....not as good as it use to be

I usually pick up a Pliny every few months or so. Id say during probably the past year Ive noticed the beer kinda falling off or not being the same. Aroma is not as pungent, flavor is not really bursting with hops. Still a great beer, just not how I remember it a few years ago. Maybe my palate has changed. Maybe its other DIPAs out there with combinations of new school hop varieties. Anybody else feel the same? I wonder if they lack brewing the original recipe cause of the high demand for distribution.

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Old 03-02-2012, 05:08 AM   #2
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i just thought the same thing the other week when i picked up a couple of bottles.

I personally feel that Alpine's IPA's and DIPA's blow Pliny out of the water.

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Old 03-02-2012, 05:16 AM   #3
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http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/fo...ic.php?t=25406

"The beer has undergone some minor tweaks over the years, so you'll see variations posted all over the internet. The recipe below is based on something close to the original, scaled for our system. Today the brewery supposedly no longer uses mash hops (most brewers believe it doesn't add much to the flavour and it's rumoured that the cows that were fed the spent grains did not like it)."
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:16 AM   #4
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I think it still varies. Bottle and tap can vary substancially as well as how fresh the bottle is. Numerois websites will tell you the freshest bottling dates.

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Old 03-02-2012, 05:19 AM   #5
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It is my favorite but I just recently discovered it. if you think it isn't as hoppy now I would be scared of what it was like before.

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Old 03-02-2012, 05:21 AM   #6
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I would love to try more of alpines beer. I had their hoppy birthday a few months ago at stone and it was so good. I have noticed a decline in pliney over a the time I first had it 2 years ago and now I don't bother trying yo find it now.

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:56 AM   #7
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I think the reason for this has more to do with Lupulin Threshold Shift than it does with Russian River changing their recipe. Everyone wants something that reminds them of their first.

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Old 03-02-2012, 07:13 AM   #8
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Everyone wants something that reminds them of their first.
Chasing the hop dragon?
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I hate to say it has never knocked me off my feet. Maybe I haven't had a good one.

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Chasing the hop dragon?
hehe, exactly.
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