Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by portia99:
4.83/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Growler received from jfh. Thanks a ton for this one! Poured into a Bruery tulip.
A - Pours a crystal clear, light orange copper color with a finger of fluffy off white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Surprisingly good amount of head for such a strong beer.
S - Could smell this one from a couple of feet away from the glass. Huge hit of hops - tons of grapefruit, some peach, lots of pine. Just huge hop aromas - a hop lovers dream. A hint of sweetness, maybe a bit flowery in there, seems to enhance the hops.
T - Hops up front as expected. Loads of citrus...this could replace my grapefruit juice in the mornings. Lots of pine sitting side by side with the grapefruit, along with some peach and mango...maybe even a slight touch of lemons too. Still pretty dry, but compared to the Elder, there is much more of a malt backbone in here...a bit sugary, a bit caramelly. This is defnitely part of the flavor profile, but it really sits far in the background and doesn't interfere at all with the hops...there's nothing stopping hops on here.
M - Quite full bodied...more so than I expected. Hops really must be overpowering the unfermented sugars left behind here. Given the relative dryness of this beer, I expected a thinner body, but this is definitely on the thick side. Carbonation is the typical Russian River smooth...tiny, fine carbonation bubbles give a prickly but velvety smooth feel (as a homebrewer, I wish I knew how to achieve this carbonation character - I'm envious). Mouth is filled with resiny, bitter hops and seems to leave a film of hops oils behind. Excellent.
D - For an 11.0% beer, this is extremely smooth. I would almost call this too damn drinkable. If I was sitting somewhere with this on tap, I feel like I could quickly put away a few of these and end up in real trouble. Really well done example showing how drinkable a high alcohol beer can be...
Serving type: growler
02-14-2010 02:06:43 | More by portia99
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4.36/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
(combination of samplings consecutive days at City Tap House and Monk's Cafe, respectively)
I'll just start off by stating that this is one of, if not, the most well-balanced, elegantly-crafted hoppy ale(s) I've come across. A true example of brewing art. That said, the taste is quite fine but perhaps a bit underwhelming for more seasoned hop heads.
The liquid is a fiery orange hue with a jewel-like glow, faint haze, and nearly pure white, sticky-cottony foam that stands for a bit before being overcome by lip oils and/or the alcohol level. Looks nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.
The smell is somewhat, somehow restrained, but has one of the most well-defined, 3D aromatic representations of a handful of newly-dried hop cones in the palm of one's hand - dirty/earthy with a ghostly, subtle, spirit-lifting, mildly-mineral, tonic alcohol delivering it to the sinuses... mild orange-citrus undertones... once again, nice, but requiring a few healthy, deep inhales to take it in.
The flavor is ridiculously refined - it is easily seen that this is PtE, attenuated, flattened-out. Tastes about the same, just the depth and definition found in PtE is lacking in this. One would guess, however, that the alcohol would jump out a bit more in PtY and, yet, it doesn't at all. It's amazing how well-hidden it is, though a sense of quiet warmth rises by the last couple sips. Perception of bitterness is minimal, if at all a factor. Extremely well-balanced, but nearly brut-champagne-like in its dryness - the hops (flavor) and malt are too quiet.
Where this beer really captured my attention and imagination was in its absolutely feather-light body. It's as if the carbonation was the only thing that indicated to my senses that I had beer in my mouth. I wouldn't be surprised if this beer finishes at down close to 1.002-1.004. While I attempted to savor it at CTH, at Monk's (owing partly to the excellent special draft list) I powered through it in 3-4 sips. Sooo easy to drink. Dangerous.
Serving type: on-tap
03-12-2014 04:29:24 | More by Bouleboubier
3.95/5 rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Second time having younger, this time at monks, 6 ounce pour in a goblet. Pale yellow, no head, poured ahead of time for at least 100 people. The aroma was light pine. Taste was pine, citrus and alcohol, slightly bitter. The carbonation was good, full bodied. I was very disappointed younger, all 5 of us agreed elder was a far superior brew. Younger is good, but not as good as the hype.
Serving type: on-tap
03-12-2014 00:17:54 | More by bonkers
4.41/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at Monk's Mad Monday event.
A - Golden pour with a clear look. Foam head settled fast (*these were poured rapidly for 100+ people). Slight lacing rides down the glass.
S - Strong scents of pine, some pineapple & mango tropical fruit smell, and hop resin that gives some lingering tobacco notes.
T - Rich flavors of tropical fruit at the front. There is an intense malt presence that keeps the high IBU's tempered. It is not a hop bomb at all.
M - This cannot be any better. Balance on a triple IPA can only be matches, not improved. The body of Younger feels rich on the palate.
O - Now that this is ticked on the bucket list, I can say that PtY is a work of brewing art. Vinny made an inspirational beer that seems less impressive as more heavily hopped & well balanced beers are made. This is the original, and still iconic beer.
Serving type: on-tap
03-11-2014 00:54:06 | More by socon67
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
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