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Old 02-07-2012, 04:15 PM   #21
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pliny, like many craft beers, differs from batch to batch so having it one time out of a bottle in NY will be different than the next time on tap in SOCAL or their bar in santa rosa.

 
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:32 PM   #22
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Hopslam is a great beer, though it can be a little sweet for my taste. I'm a big fan of Terrapin Hopsecutioner. Sierra Nevada Celebration is quite tasty as well.
Hopsecutioner is great, as is Founders Double Trouble

 
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:36 PM   #23
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I wouldn't say it differs that much unless we are talking about freshness. Most breweries strive to put out a consistent product and Pliny tends to Be fairly consistent when fresh.

 
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:48 PM   #24
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You're in PA - look for Nugget Nectar, it should be coming out in the next week or so.

 
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:28 PM   #25
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I wouldn't say it differs that much unless we are talking about freshness. Most breweries strive to put out a consistent product and Pliny tends to Be fairly consistent when fresh.
The hops have definitely changed over time. Pliny now did not taste like it did a few years ago. I am not saying it is better or worse, but it definitely has a different hop character.

 
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:39 PM   #26
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I have done some bottle trades with a west coaster, I got pliny and he got some Bells offerings (including hopslam) and Southern Tiers 2XIPA. Which I think are available to you. He commented that the ST 2XIPA was a comparable brew to Pliny.

 
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:53 PM   #27
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Southern Tiers 2XIPA. Which I think are available to you. He commented that the ST 2XIPA was a comparable brew to Pliny.
i was going to say just that. i think Pliny is a little better overall and has better hops flavor and aroma, but the 2XIPA is a similarly balanced IIPA. it's actually fairly tasty, i have one in the fridge that i think i'll enjoy later. that said, Pliny's Pliny, there's similar IIPAs, but nothing quite like PtE.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:58 PM   #28
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:08 PM   #29
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Ithica Flower Power > Pliny the Elder IMHO
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:17 PM   #30
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I wouldn't say it differs that much unless we are talking about freshness. Most breweries strive to put out a consistent product and Pliny tends to Be fairly consistent when fresh.
exactly my point, how fresh can it be on the east coast. the bottle of pliny i buy at the corner produce market here in oakland tastes different than the pint i have at the brewery in santa rosa. they are both unmistakably pliny but not exactly the same, the hop character varies from batch to batch.

 
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