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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
world-class

2,122 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 2122
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.53%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-27-2005)
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tjsprague

California

4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had to fly all the way across the country to try this beer and just stumbled into a bar that happened to have it on tap. Lucky me.

The beer was in a tall snifter glass. It was a nice medium copper color with a thin whispy white head.

The beer had an excellent hop aroma. Not the kind that hits you hard and screams hops, but a much more subtle refined smell where you could tell the beer was going to be hoppy.

The taste is just fantastic. I imagined it being an Elder with just more hops but that really wasn't the case. It has an excellent hoppy flavor balanced well by a nice malt background. The hops are well balanced, nice and floral like the Elder but also and extra bit of resin and bitterness at the end that the Elder is lacking. A very strong hop flavor that in no way is overwhelming or over powering like many double or triple IPA's.

The mouthfeel remains on the lighter side, like the Elder, but with a good thickness from the hops. It never left a negative bitterness in my mouth or a negative thickness like some extra hoppy beers do.

A lot like the Elder the alchol is hidden in this one and the flavors are refined enough that I could drink about 6 of these before I knew what was going on. A great great beer and I feel so lucky to have found it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2009 00:51:51 | More by tjsprague
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Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,122 ratings.