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Old 03-29-2011, 02:10 AM   #21
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Yah Maharaja is readily available in San Diego so I would think it would be available North. Im not saying that Pliny is a bad beer, its not by any stretch of the imagination. Im just saying there are beers out there that give it a run for the money and I think Avery makes a few of them, Maharaja and Dugana both are worthy of the title.
Pliny will be king (in my book) but i am looking for a close second...

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Old 04-16-2011, 10:12 PM   #22
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Posting from sunny and beautiful San Diego (Pacific Beach) to let you all know that while Pliny the Elder is a damned good beer and worth the drinking it is seriously over hyped. Skies did not open and angels did not cry. Excellent DIPA that holds its own with those already mentioned in this thread but it does not dominate in any way. Coronado Hoppy Daze and Firewalker IPA were a couple new beers that impressed me over here on the left coast. San Diego certainly has a thriving beer culture with some excellent public taps and breweries.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:57 PM   #23
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Posting from sunny and beautiful San Diego (Pacific Beach) to let you all know that while Pliny the Elder is a damned good beer and worth the drinking it is seriously over hyped. Skies did not open and angels did not cry. Excellent DIPA that holds its own with those already mentioned in this thread but it does not dominate in any way. Coronado Hoppy Daze and Firewalker IPA were a couple new beers that impressed me over here on the left coast. San Diego certainly has a thriving beer culture with some excellent public taps and breweries.

Double Jack Imperial IPA from Firestone is one of the best DIPA's on the market!

 
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:51 PM   #24
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Double Jack is good stuff. I had some (the small 10 oz or so glass on the top right) when I was there during xmas break.


 
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:16 PM   #25
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Just found this press release from Avery:

"Beginning in April 2011 beer shipments will be ceased to Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Avery Brewing Company hopes to re-enter these eight states at some point in the future once production capacity can catch up with demand. The brewery is also leaving several partial state markets, including: Northern California (Bay Area and Sacramento), Eastern Arkansas, Upstate New York (outside of New York City), Central Florida (Orlando area) and Wisconsin."

Sounds like the kid from the East Bay will have to make the Pliny for Maj trade if he wants to try one.

Personally I think the Maj is too malt forward for a DIPA but that's just me. It's a good beer but it's a bit meatier than it needs to be. I like Vinny's philosophy of drying it out as much as possible to focus on the hop characteristics, which as a bonus boosts ABV.

 
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:27 PM   #26
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Just found this press release from Avery:

"Beginning in April 2011 beer shipments will be ceased to Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Avery Brewing Company hopes to re-enter these eight states at some point in the future once production capacity can catch up with demand. The brewery is also leaving several partial state markets, including: Northern California (Bay Area and Sacramento), Eastern Arkansas, Upstate New York (outside of New York City), Central Florida (Orlando area) and Wisconsin."

Sounds like the kid from the East Bay will have to make the Pliny for Maj trade if he wants to try one.

Personally I think the Maj is too malt forward for a DIPA but that's just me. It's a good beer but it's a bit meatier than it needs to be. I like Vinny's philosophy of drying it out as much as possible to focus on the hop characteristics, which as a bonus boosts ABV.
Yeah I saw that the other day! Really sucks but hopefully they will move back into the markets when they can

 
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:53 AM   #27
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Maharaja was the first IIPA that made me lurch back because of the overall flavor. I was seriously amazed by that beer. I was underwhelmed by Pliny, but that might be because of the hype and the fact that I only had it for the first time a month ago. I guess my hop pallet/tolerance(?) might have advanced that much in the last 3 years.

 
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You have since undergone the dreaded "lupulin threshold shift"

 
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:39 PM   #29
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You have since undergone the dreaded "lupulin threshold shift"
True that!

I remember my first Pliny...

Now beers like Pliny and Maharaja are daily drinkers and 8 oz of hops in my 3.5 gallon batches seems "normal".
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Yep. Over time you get anesthetized to the wonder of the hop oils unfortunately.

 
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