I feel so lucky to live in Santa Rosa. I just drove on by Russian River, and saw that the line that has been present for the last week was gone, so I stopped in.
$4.50 later I had a nice 10oz pour of the legendary Pliny the Younger in my hand. The first whiff gave my a strong hoppy aroma. The extensive dry hopping showed a strong presence here.
On the first taste I was surprised to note that it wasn't "melt your face off" bitter. The huge additions to hops certainly made themselves known, but not to the point that I didn't want to take my second sip.
The body was relatively light, which was a bit surprising considering it is a 10% abv beer. I'm not sure if balanced is the right word, but the hops definitely were appropriate. The beer was very drinkable (for a hophead).
Overall I think that PTY was a very good IIIPA. Not mindblowing, but I will make an effort to have another pint before it goes away for another long year.
What does everyone else think?