Holbrook Homebrewed Pliny the Elder clone made with recipe kit from Northern Brewer in Minnesota | American Double IPA | 8.25% ABV
Served chilled from a 12 oz bottle and poured into a pint glass. Pours an incredibly murky and cloudy brownish amber color with a one and a half finger white foam head. (As I have had more bottles over the past few weeks the head has been thicker and creamier). Smell is sweet and citrusy, with hints of pineapple, mango and a bready malt. Carbonation is moderate with a medium body. Taste is a hop bomb, with grapefruit and bitter hops overwhelming the taster (in a good way). Finishes with a lingering bitterness.
This beer blew me away. I am still trying to find a way to get Pliny, as it is only sold out in CA. However, being regarded as a top 5 beer in the world, I had to buy the kit to see how it would taste. Compared to the other beers I have brewed in the past, this one used an incredibly 18 oz of hops throughout the boil and dry-hopping process (compared to 4.5 oz for the Belgian Tripel). Additionally, it took a 90 minute boil vs. 60, and had two stages of dry hopping 2-3 weeks after fermentation. Overall a much more difficult brew, but given the extract base of it still not as hard as an all grain. This definitely scores the highest out of my homebrews thus far, and some of my official tasters have also concurred with this.
Up Next for the Homebrew: Looking for a summery beer to do. Most likely a wheat beer with some sort of fruit added. Stay tuned!