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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,286 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,286
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 4,075
Gots: 91 | 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:
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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Mister_Joshy

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-29-2012 06:48:32 | More by Mister_Joshy
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-28-2011 02:19:50 | More by BUNZILLA
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler from augustgarage. Many thanks!

Poured into my Firestone Walker pint glass.

A- Lighter than expected.. golden honey in color. 3-finger head that laces impossibly well for an 11% beer. Must be the hops, lol. There's a half-finger of head that refuses to go away.. carbonation looks like it held up well in the cross-country trek.

I've never seen a beer over 10% that has head retention like this.. especially a week-old growler. Damn. Creamy as all hell... lacing is fire-extinguisher-esque in body.

S- Hop assault. Piny, fruity, floral. Similar to Pliny the Elder, just a bit more behind it.

T- Citrus hops, full-throttle. Tangerine/grapefruit and a bit of pineapple. Some tropical mango/papaya. Some pine hops, which come through as 'new-growth' with a bit of an octane quality. A bit of booze and a bit of a peppery note in the finish. This beer is incredibly fresh.

M- Where's the ABV? Choked out by the hops. Phenomenal. I cannot believe this is 11%. Dry.. and I can't believe how much the sweetness of an 11% DIPA is in check. I've had 8% beers that have more cloying sweetness to them.

D- Insane. Growler was no problem. This beer lives up to any and all hype. Takes everything I love about Pliny the Elder and fucking doubles down. Whoa. Excuse the profanity.. the stealth ABV must be creeping in.

I've reviewed 300+ beers and enjoyed probably close to 500 beers since joining beeradvocate. This is, by leaps and bounds, the best beer I've had. And here I thought I was getting sick of DIPAs. Holy. shit.

For those of you living vicariously through reviews, PtE and Alpine Pure Hoppiness are close flavor-wise.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2010 03:01:16 | More by ShogoKawada
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HoppySuds

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-17-2012 19:14:39 | More by HoppySuds
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sponch51

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-16-2012 22:27:05 | More by sponch51
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Paccamacca

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-29-2013 23:28:14 | More by Paccamacca
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received my growler today from moosington-thanks man, this sure was a great trade. It is being shared with two BA's. I start the evening of excitement with the unveiling of the growler.

Poured into a duvel glass the color is light orange with a golden glow. Head is large bubble bit perfect.

Aroma is hopcentric from sniff one. There is a sweet malt behind the hops but the juicy, fruity hop smells are delicious to the nose.

Flavor is full, robust and again riddled with hops. There is a fairly prominent malt backbone but this monster is not sweet. The alcohol is well hidden but sneaks up quickly. If you're a hophead you'll love this grand double IPA.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Not too thin, not too thick, just perfect. This DIPA is a touch drier than any I've ever had; I think its the water.

Drinkability is off the charts. The alcohol is muted, and the flavor volume is tuned up. What an amazing beer. In fact its my only all 5's beer - and for good reason. I will definately seek this one out again; in fact I may go to the release next year.

Before this hopslam was my favorite DIPA, not anymore. West scores again.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2010 03:20:24 | More by PerzentRizen
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theJohnChamp

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-01-2014 21:23:24 | More by theJohnChamp
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rousee

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-14-2011 15:13:12 | More by rousee
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dwaz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-16-2011 03:09:19 | More by dwaz
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topdown

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-06-2013 19:50:16 | More by topdown
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SeanInDC

New York

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-27-2014 22:01:08 | More by SeanInDC
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FARGO619

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 6 oz mini snifter glass at Capones in Norristown (just outside of Philly). After waiting in line for 1.5 hours, let's see if this was worth the wait...

A - Crystal clear honey-orange body with an extremely tiny, almost non-present, white foam head. Some moderate to low lacing, actually - no retention really, either.

S - Sweet and prickly pine sap notes and pink grapefruit up front. Slightly bitter, with some lemongrass and a very faint whiff of honey in the back end. Really an outstanding smelling beer.

T - Up front are some rather harsh pine notes, a slight bitterness though not as much as I was expecting from an 11% IIPA. Melon sweetness, generic citrus qualities and prominent orange flavors complete this bitter to sweet flavor profile.

M - Smooth and creamy, low carbonation (strange) but overall, pleasant. Not as wonderful as the mouth feel I got with Pliny the Elder.

Glad to know that this was served just a few days of its release so it was very fresh. Had 3-4 in one sitting. Such a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 16:32:05 | More by FARGO619
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cLin

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-09-2011 05:08:10 | More by cLin
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-15-2012 22:34:50 | More by pearljam118
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rudedude985

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-26-2014 02:23:48 | More by rudedude985
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mbixler

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-16-2012 17:38:58 | More by mbixler
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chuckwn

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-15-2014 02:30:09 | More by chuckwn
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peacemakers48

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer now, just a bit better than the heady topper. This is the smoothest sweetest tasting IPA I have ever had. It doesn't even taste like alcohol. The aftertaste is second to none. I tried it twice and still cannot believe how good it is.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 15:59:25 | More by peacemakers48
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Offa

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly excellent and overall essentially a stronger, slightly more intense and richer version of Pliny the Elder, with the same excellent balance of hop and malt, bitter and sweet, full body and easy drinkability.

It is deep gold or pale amber with a smallish off-white head soon thinning to a foamy ring that eventually diminishes, but leaving nice lace all the way down.

Aroma is a stronger Pliny the Elder essentially, with caramelised grapefruit and pine, some lemon and plum as well as other undefined but rich light fruity character and a raisiny character.

Taste is excellent, a full but balanced character. It has complex balance of warming fruity-raisiny character with some lightly toasted caramelised grain and plenty of spicy citrusy hops including a lightly caramelised orange and grapefruit with some green grass and leafiness. Feel is excellent, again a great balance between a full, slightly oily body and a light lively zestiness. It is not viscous, greasy or heavy and drinkability is high.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 23:28:44 | More by Offa
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DWarcher

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-24-2012 20:25:15 | More by DWarcher
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HopHeadRyan

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-02-2013 21:21:44 | More by HopHeadRyan
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aminobutyricacid

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%

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WebMan

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-13-2014 20:41:49 | More by WebMan
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tubbnik

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap at the Local 44 event.

A - Served in 33cl Chimay goblet. Georgous golden color, slightly hazy, with soft foam head.

S - Almost 100% grapefruit. I prefer my hops to lean to the citrus side of the spectrum, and I just couldn't ask for a better first whiff.

T - Ditto the smell. Fresh grapefruit rind. Sweet candy. Alcohol is superbly well hidden.

M - Creamy smooth. Not too viscous for such a high malt content. Very nice carbonation.

D - Very Very good. While 11%, Younger never forces you to take small sips. A half a mouthful or more is a very reasonable dose.

It looks like my quest to find the most citrusy-perfect IIPA has ended. Younger is truly the standard (perhaps unfairly) that all future IIPAs will be judged against.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 16:23:44 | More by tubbnik
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,286 ratings.