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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,597 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,597
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 4,986
Gots: 219 | 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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Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pxc13
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's gold, Jerry... it's gold!

Photo of spoofer
4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoldenDurden
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jwolfe1311
4.79/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bigger, badder, Elder. Great beer. Worth the wait

Photo of Micros32
4.88/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily the best triple IPA ever. Very smooth and not overpowering holiness. Can smell Pliny the younger from 5ft away. Get your hands on it. Lives up to its reputation.

Photo of eschlue
4.96/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of banger7
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sbangs
4.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fetusonfire
3.89/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of mdaschaf
4.73/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.92/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Ironstutz
4.91/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

oh what a beer! had 6 on tap out in the source on Saturday night! Had my 3 and my fiancee's 3 and they were so great

L- Similar to his Elder, clear and filtered, sort of a dark copper color
S- I mean it is all really its Elder squared, the citrus and pine stand out. maybe more pine than citrus even, but overall a wonderful balance.
T- Dinalingadingdong! citrus, mango, pine, loveliness
F- nice mouthfeel, crisp but still present, a good west coast mouth on this
O - I mean, we all know it is amazing, anyone who hates is obviously just a hater. If you ever get the chance to enjoy this beer, do it!

Photo of mschantz
4.4/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Small Bar - thanks to cuz for cluing me into this under the radar tapping. Pours a beautiful bright hazy mandarin color - much richer in color than Elder. The nose is huge citrus fruit and pine. Taste is citrus and juniper but drier than expected. Really interesting and complex. Crisp finish.

Photo of ac22rush
4.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The hoppiness was out of this world

Photo of smekermann
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Flip4beers
4.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hype just got real. It was released from a few local bars and pubs that make this beer worth the effort to find . This makes it worth living in SoCal for the amount of good beer, but overall its pretty damn triple ipa. I personally don't crave ipas as my go to but having this opportunity to drink it, is a dream come true. Overall it's worth the hype. It's indescribably good, to what you imagine it would be. Balanced, tropical notes, controlled bitterness, easy to drink and so much complexity.

Photo of GABrew
4.81/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of j205724
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dreska
4.96/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had serious doubts that this beer would live up to the hype, but it did. First few sips started off a little slow for me, but after the first ounce or so this beer was close to perfection and only got better sip after sip. Ambrosia in a glass.

Photo of Graffy
3.93/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mike_Amps
4.91/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very piney..smooth and drinkable

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.82/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,597 ratings.