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    You are lying to yourself about Pliny

    According to this article, we can't even taste the different about a certain threshold of hoppyness, and Pliny and other craft brew yucky bitter beers are waaaay about that threshold. As a hop-hater, I agree.

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    Taste and smell are closely related, but not the same thing.

    I'm not a huge fan of over the top IPA's (Imperial, double, triple, whatever IPA), but do appreciate them for what they are from time to time and do know enough to say that the smell of a Pliny is quite different than the smell of a Hop Stoopid, even though they are both way above the threshold of 60 IBU's mentioned in the article.

    Carry on and drink what you like, be it water, milk, GU or Pliny!

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    IBU rating does not=flavor. People like Pliny for the way it tastes, not it's IBU rating.

    Saying that...I do agree somewhat with the article's premise that there is a bit of an over infatuation with hops but at the same time, the market doesn't lie. It's like SF Real Estate, you can say it's overvalued but the demand is real.

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    Well, I'll, uh, um, you know what Menso? I mean, uh, that's an outrage, a travesty of a mockery, of an injustice. I've spent a LOT of time on these forums convincing myself that I was so very special for having access to Pliney, now you tell me it was largely due to mass hype? I wanna be a beer snob damn it! I want to I want to I want to !!!

    Fine, I'll just go get myself a fixie, some horn rimmed glasses and a 6 pack of PBR.
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    Might not be the hops part of the beer that everyone likes. There are lots of hoppy beers out there, but people are still drawn to pliny

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    Way more flavors than bitter in Pliny.

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    DON'T DO IT! You'll find me chugging a gallon of Pliny sooner than going hipstertard!
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    I disagree with the article's statement that most people can't distinguish above 60 IBUs. 100 IBUs is typically considered the threshold of what humans can taste, but every person is different. Pliny comes in at around 92 IBUs and is delicious.

    The ratio of maltiness to hoppiness is also important. For example, the article cites Sierra Nevada Pale Ale's 37 IBUs, but the low maltiness is what makes that beer taste crisp. The same is true of Firestone-Walker Pale 31 at 38 IBUs, one of my favorite session beers. Its extremely low maltiness makes the 38 IBUs very assertive. On the other end of the spectrum is Green Flash West Coast IPA at 95 IBUs. Yes, it is very hoppy, but the hoppiness is balanced by more maltiness. It too is delicious.

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    sactojesse, all this talk of balanced hops and malt is making me thirsty. This was a bad thread to start while at work early on a Friday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menso View Post
    sactojesse, all this talk of balanced hops and malt is making me thirsty. This was a bad thread to start while at work early on a Friday.
    No kidding. A pox on you Menso!

    Damn, two more hours to go til beer-o-clock and I have an insane craving thanks to this thread!
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    Stopped reading at: "in the craft beer capital of the world, Portland, Ore., where I live."

    I knew from there anything written wasn't credible. Anywho, sactojesse hits the nail on the head regarding malt/hop balance. So to say you can't tell the difference between IBU's is stupid because how much bitterness you taste is dependent on the grain bill. Ruination tastes totally different (and better IMHO) than Green Flash despite similar IBU's. To me Green Flash tastes like rust. It's not that it's too bitter, it's just lacking balance and complexity. But if you don't like hops, good for you... not everyone has good taste

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    Quote Originally Posted by sactojesse View Post
    I disagree with the article's statement that most people can't distinguish above 60 IBUs. 100 IBUs is typically considered the threshold of what humans can taste, but every person is different. Pliny comes in at around 92 IBUs and is delicious.

    The ratio of maltiness to hoppiness is also important. For example, the article cites Sierra Nevada Pale Ale's 37 IBUs, but the low maltiness is what makes that beer taste crisp. The same is true of Firestone-Walker Pale 31 at 38 IBUs, one of my favorite session beers. Its extremely low maltiness makes the 38 IBUs very assertive. On the other end of the spectrum is Green Flash West Coast IPA at 95 IBUs. Yes, it is very hoppy, but the hoppiness is balanced by more maltiness. It too is delicious.
    ^^this...it's all about the malty balance/aroma for pliny

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    I'll just leave this here. Cool bitterness chart, too big to post:

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    +1 -- Pliny sux!

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    Google the recipe for Pliny online and compare the ingredients to your own brand of beer that you like to drink and you will definitely see why Pliny is so special. A lot of stuff goes into making a great beer, not just Hoppyness.

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    Am I lying to my self about my like for pliny, or other interesting and tasty beers?

    Nope.

    I do rather like tasty beer.

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    You are lying to yourself about Pliny

    I'm thinking Menso is in denial about the greatness of Pliny.

    I'm also thinking that I am going to do some hoppy beer research tonight to see if I really do like them.


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    I'm thinking the only reasonable thing to do is to challenge this by getting together and having a taste test to prove/disprove the hypothesis of the hop effectiveness threshold.

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    OP: You might appreciate these types of beers more when you grow up. I mean older!


    Seriously, it's kinda like big red wines; they just seem to be better suited to an...established palate. In the meantime, enjoy your Natty Light!



    VV Dude, you're WAY ahead of the curve! You'll be drinking Scotch (gag) by the time you're 35.
    And full disclosure: I didn't like IPA till I was 50+ (slow learner).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    OP: You might appreciate these types of beers more when you grow up. I mean older!


    Seriously, it's kinda like big red wines; they just seem to be better suited to an...established palate. In the meantime, enjoy your Natty Light!
    Nice comeback! I think you are right: I didn't even like beer at all until I was 21-22 (no joke), and I've now progressed from ambers to stouts and other dark beers. Perhaps IPA's will become palatable soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    I'm thinking Menso is in denial about the greatness of Pliny.

    I'm also thinking that I am going to do some hoppy beer research tonight to see if I really do like them.


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    Pliny is disgusting, where is my Nelson!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan G. View Post
    Pliny is disgusting, where is my Nelson!
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    Unfreakingbelievable. Because of this thread, I was reminded to check my local source.

    I bagged a case of Pliny and a case of Blind Pig. So stoked!!!

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    Hey if you want to try a stout I'm going to break open a Parabola 2013 in an hour or so.

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    Sorry to detract from the thread but does anyone know anywhere I can get some of this Pliny in Santa Cruz right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnonymouseTech View Post
    Sorry to detract from the thread but does anyone know anywhere I can get some of this Pliny in Santa Cruz right now?
    You will not find Pliny in Santa Cruz pretty much ever.

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    I just love to drink beer. Any excuse I can come up with to enjoy the hops, Iíll dive on in. I must admit though that I am a big fan of hoppy brews such as Pliney and Hoptologistdipa, for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    You will not find Pliny in Santa Cruz pretty much ever.
    Aww man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoBalance View Post
    Hey if you want to try a stout I'm going to break open a Parabola 2013 in an hour or so.
    We had Parabola the other night. It was da bomb.

    The 15% Bourbon County though was the end all game ender for the evening.

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    anyone want to ship some pliny or any hoppy beer for that matter to German? my hop palate is going stale

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    I love hoppy beer. I can tell the difference between kinds of hops and especially when a hop extract is used (like Hop stupid). Some beers are dry hopped for only the last 2 hours its made, I believe these are cascade hops, they create a strong aroma but don't add much to the taste. West Coast IPA's own my taste buds. I've been liking the 21st Amendment a lot lately.
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    Pliney older and especially younger are a bit too bitter from me. My gotos are less on the bitterness and more on the smoothness. Green Flash imperial and Pallet Wrecker, Lagunitis Maximus and Knee Deep Simutra are the current favs...YMMV.

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    You are lying to yourself about Pliny-249165_563396827015535_971438130_n.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menso View Post
    Nice comeback! I think you are right: I didn't even like beer at all until I was 21-22 (no joke), and I've now progressed from ambers to stouts and other dark beers. Perhaps IPA's will become palatable soon.
    FWIW I made exactly the same progression. 2 years ago it was all dark beers and wondering why everyone was so nuts over bitter, hoppy IPAs. Now I can't get enough.

    And to echo points made above, Pliny is about passionfruit for me - never ceases to amaze me how much is in the aftertaste, once the hoppiness subsides.

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    It took me four years of drinking ipa to finally like Lagunitas IPA. On that fateful day, it finally tasted sweet (specially the finish). From there I progressed to what I am today and I would like to thank the academy and my second grade teacher Mr. Winkelstein...

    My advice is if you do not enjoy Lagunitas IPA, stay away from all IPAs, specially double and triples.

    Same thing with Belgians. If you can't stand Chimay, then don't seek out the fancy monk beer.

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    I stopped reading after the author declared Portland the "craft beer capital of the world".

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    - Speaking of Monk-beer. The new SNB collaboration with the Abbey of New Clairvaux is fantastic.

    Ovila Abbey Quad. Get some!

    Also just saw the new-batch of SNB Hoptimum at my local haunt. GREAT to have that back again!

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    You are lying to yourself about Pliny

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    We'll need some documentation of this research... You know.. for peer review....
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    This is possibly the best barleywine I have ever tasted. Seriously drinkable, even at 10.2%. Huge malt presence up front. Mahogany and vanilla tones. Great mouthfeel. And then the hops hit you. Huge aroma hops hiding behind all that malt. Apricot and minty flavors with a little banana. I have never had a barleywine with this much hop flavor at the end.
    And zero harsh alcohol kick. Super smooth. Easy to drink.

    Yah, I still love hoppy beers.


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    Some are calling the current time the rennaisance for White Belgium Ales. I go in and out of hoppy to non hoppy beers, but currently I am sampling the german import hefeweizans and all of the belgium white ales. I was suprised when in England a couple years back to discover their version of IPA is no where near as hoppy or bitter as our version of IPA.

    Quote Originally Posted by Menso View Post
    According to this article, we can't even taste the different about a certain threshold of hoppyness, and Pliny and other craft brew yucky bitter beers are waaaay about that threshold. As a hop-hater, I agree.

    Discuss!



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    You are lying to yourself about Pliny

    There is good information about beer and hops in that article. But that author pretty much doesn't know what she's talking about. In Menlo Park there is a store called Willow's market that has 1000 beers and pretty much none of them are iPa's.

    The growing variety of available beers right now is staggering.

    p.s. Here's the author's only other article on Slate.com
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    Anyone have any info on Pliny in Berkeley/Oakland? I know sometimes Ben & Nicks on College Ave. has Pliny on tap, but anywhere else has it bottled?

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    Beer Revolution had it in bottles last time i was there

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    You are lying to yourself about Pliny

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    NoBalance, you suck. Where can I get Parabola? I've got two Sucabas in the fridge, but I haven't seen Parabola N-E-WHERE. I've also got two XVI's in the fridge, but my burglar alarm phasers are set on "kill" and my Rottweillers are chronically under-fed, good luck making it as far as the kitchen, let alone reaching the fridge.

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    Problem is , I just enjoy beer, quality and to some degree quantity, so although there's so many amazing beers out there, it's hard to enjoy many that are getting higher than 7 - 7.5%, to do so requires some restraint, otherwise, well, you know how it is in the morning...

    After hard work, or a hard ride, I remember telling my spouse, "The first one is for the thirst, the second one is for taste.", to which she replied, "So what are the third and fourth ones for?"

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    You are lying to yourself about Pliny

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    You will not find Pliny in Santa Cruz pretty much ever.
    Firestone Walker Double Jack is virtually identical to Pliny, and much easier to find.

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    ..not much of a beer drinker - or drinker at all - and given a choice always go for the hefeweizen variety, which is pretty low on hops. Sue me. I have to agree that many craft beers around go a bit too heavy on hops. But that's just my taste.

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    You will find 2013 Parabola at Fremont Bevmo. For some reason they got about 10 cases and the rest of the Bevmo's got shafted. There is your tip of the fricken year for Parabola.

    Oh yeah, If you want some on tap I can tell you but... but... let me get a pint first then I'll tell you where. haha

    And yes, Double Jack is very similar to Pliny though I find that extra alcohol and hint of lychee fruit in the flavor to be the winner for DJ.

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