So, two co-workers and myself went to a local bar at lunch. Yeah...we roll like that!
Anyway, my one buddy likes really, really hoppy beers. He is a huge Hop Devil fan (for anyone familiar). This particular bar is known for carrying a great beer selection...both kegged and bottled. We looked over the beer menu and the closest thing I could find to Hop Devil was Bell's Two-Hearted Ale so he orded one.
We started talking beers and I brought up Pliny the Elder and the IBUs and how hard it is to come by. 5 minutes later that bartender comes out and says "we just got two kegs of Pliny the Elder in and just tapped one of them...$5 a pint." The funny part is that she never heard a word of our conversation. GAME ON!!!
This is the first time I have ever had Pliny and I have to say that it is not nearly as bitter as I had expected (which to me is a good thing). I almost expected a beer that was undrinkable based on the IBUs. Surprisingly, it was very mellow with nice bitterness (close to Hop Devil but without that brutal "bite"). Man was it good!!!
So, I think my next batch will be a Pliny the Elder clone. Any suggestions for recipe?