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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
world-class

2,667 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,667
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 5,117
Gots: 244 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 01-27-2005

Pliny the Younger, the man, was Pliny the Elder’s nephew and adopted son. They lived nearly 2,000 years ago! Pliny the Elder is our Double IPA, so we felt it was fitting to name our Triple IPA after his son. It is almost a true Triple IPA with triple the amount of hops as a regular I.P.A. That said, it is extremely difficult, time and space consuming, and very expensive to make. And that is why we don’t make it more often! This beer is very full-bodied with tons of hop character in the nose and throughout. It is also deceptively well-balanced and smooth.
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Ratings: 2,667 | Reviews: 907
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, had to find out what the hype was all about. Waited 90 minutes and was told I was a genius for going on a Tuesday. The nice thing is, Russian River only allows in as many as can be seated (none of the usual madhouse, quite civilized) and they charge the normal pricing for it (and are proud of it! Truly a labor of love!). Background: I'm not a hoppy guy. Doppelbocks, stouts, porters, ciders are where I live. This beer changed all that. Smooth, amazingly smooth with a hoppy finish at the back / center of the tongue. Not overpowering at all in taste but packs a punch at 10%. Very much worth the wait. Best beer I've ever had? Yes. Easily the best IPA. Got to enjoy seven (10 oz) glasses this year and I'll be back for more next year.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EmpireoftheBrew
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jaken0ss
4.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JReites
4.39/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urda
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the greatest beer known to man. If you can get a chance to enjoy Younger, you need to jump on that chance right away!

Uh Not sure what @GregSpeaksHisMind is smoking but I'll have what he's having. Protip: If you have to claim your taste is "impeccable", it isn't.

Photo of brayton
4/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DreTheProphet
3.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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1.68/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I'm not going to lie...I bought into all the hype of this beer. I read the countless reviews from you guys praising this "holy grail" of beer. I was nuts for waiting in line for 5 hours just to sample this beer. Can you guys all pitch in for the time I wasted waiting for this over hyped beer? Seriously...I'll start a go fund me and you can all chip in.

My palette is impeccable so I know it's not me. This beer, if you want to call it that, wasn't the worst I've ever experienced (Sierra Nevada) but it's a close second. It's the equivalent of drinking fermented eggs with a hint of hibiscus. Seriously you guys have things backwards here at Beer Advocate. I'm sure all sane people will agree with me. 2 thumbs down. 1.75/5.

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4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ssato27
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sfoley324
4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of PlinyRyan
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of alisadk
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First sip at Mediterraneo Hermosa Beach annual Pliny the Younger celebration March 2015 with JT.

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4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kcq101
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.31/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,667 ratings.