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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,276 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,276
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 4,042
Gots: 88 | 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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BreweryRun

California

4.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells strong but with a light citrus note, overall smells fantastic. Pours very light but golden with a very small hint of orange, relatively small head. Initial taste is dominated by bitterness but rounds out with a small amount of citrus, finishes pretty dry. Doesn't scorch your tongue with bitterness. Virtually no alcohol character which is impressive considering the %age. Overall it's the epitome of a triple IPA, a dominate hop bitterness flavor that is balanced nicely and allows you to drink more without any problem.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 05:39:04 | More by BreweryRun
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! That is all I can say about this beer. I think I said it about 14 times while sampling it. HUGE thanks to Swnicholson for the growler!!!!
A sloppy pour from the funky growler produced a crystal clear, dark yellow body with a huge , pillowy, snow-white head.
There are not any IIPA's with an aroma this strong. Noticeable right after popping the growler. Resiny, piney and citrusy. Tons of tangerine, orange, pineapple on the nose. I could seriously just smell this beer all day long. Flavor is enormous. TOns of hops! Not too much in the malt department to mellow it out, but it remains extremely well balanced. This beer punishes your tongue, but my tongue begs for more! Slick, oily mouthfeel that completely coats your mouth. At 11% this beer is dangerously drinkable. Had a glass friday nite and a few more saturday. Damn sad to see this one go. :(

Serving type: growler

02-15-2009 14:12:43 | More by DrDogbeer
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Swervine44

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-12-2012 08:23:10 | More by Swervine44
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eorwar

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-12-2013 20:40:14 | More by eorwar
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Dagsy

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-09-2013 21:44:33 | More by Dagsy
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angelmonster

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on phone, feb 2011 at Freshcraft in Denver

Pours a golden yellow straw colored body, with a 1 finger white head. Lacing is outstanding and head retention is good.

Smell is of intense pine, resinous marijuana, tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. Also some sweet malts and for 11 percent no alcohol was detected. A year later I can still remember the amazing aroma that filled the somewhat small bar as dozens of glasses of Younger were simultaneously poured.

Taste is complex, full on hops though. First there's resinous floral weed, then pineapple and citrus juice, followed by bitter lime and ending with sweet malts and faint booze.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Head was present for abit and had some substance.

Drinkability is very good. Went through glass fast, this is a hop heads wet dream. Just enough malt and booze to counter the bitterness. One of the best hop forward beers made, just wish it wasnt such a hassle to get, looking forward to trying some soon

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 03:15:56 | More by angelmonster
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -14.7%

12-16-2011 04:57:05 | More by Centennial
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Devman171

Maryland

5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-28-2013 16:07:26 | More by Devman171
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jlisuk

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

06-26-2013 23:09:06 | More by jlisuk
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chickencoop

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-07-2013 17:32:46 | More by chickencoop
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed 3 tulips of the 2012 Younger at Monks Kettle in San Francisco (and a couple at Russian River in Santa Rosa).

Appearance: Finally, a DIPA that is actually pale! Not orange, not red. I'd guess 8 srm, almost the same color as the Elder.

Smell: Resinous, pine, cat pee, tangerine, peach. Enormous. The freshest hop aroma I've ever experienced. No malt character detected.

Taste: Echoing the aroma with massive fruitiness and a potent overarching bitterness. Pine lingers in the mouth long after swallowing. A very distinct smoothness similar to Elder, signature Russian River.

Mouthfeel: Chewy & sexy. The use of sugars really helps to keep this drinkable, it never feels bogged down by malt. Keep DIPA's pale!

Believe the hype, DIPA doesn't get any better than this. I think the exclusivity of Younger really helps to promote the importance of FRESHNESS in this style. Even after a short time in bottles, a beer like this will lose some of it's magic. Get it on tap in Santa Rosa.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 16:58:50 | More by mattsander
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jackmax

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-14-2013 19:10:16 | More by jackmax
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afrokaze

California

4.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try the big one at The Rose & Crown on 2/15. SF Beer Week has been ridiculously epic thus far.

Pours a deep gold, almost amber color that has a nice glow and a finger of white bubbly head with oily lacing.

Smell is dominated by piney and citrusy scents of lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple and a good bit more dank hops than Elder, with less prominent floral aromas. Alcohol is present but not nearly what ABV would suggest.

First taste is an explosion of pine, earth and spicy hops, followed by lemon, orange, grapefruit, crisp apple, pineapple and salmonberries. Malt imparts only a bit of sweetness. Finishes quite dank and resiny, less floral than expected. ABV is well hidden but noticable. Bitterness builds slowly until the tongue is destroyed but it keeps you coming back for more.

Mouthfeel is probably my favorite part. Nice full body similar to Hopslam but the alcohol gives just enough heat to back up the huge flavors. Finish is semi-dry, a bit slick with just enough sweetness.

It's hard to keep an open mind when trying the most highly hyped beer after spending 45 mins in line to get it, but it really delivers in different ways than I expected. Incredibly drinkable for its bitterness level and ABV. Hard to imagine a hoppy beer getting much better.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 23:36:21 | More by afrokaze
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-21-2013 03:58:50 | More by CosmoHopHead
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay... had FOUR glasses while they had it on tap at Henry's. Here goes:

Lighter it seems than Pliny the Elder. More complex, subtle... which I enjoy. Shows a gorgeous color, though slightly clear surprisingly. Good head retention and lace. Lots going on the nose. The pine and citrus from the hops are subdued, allowing more subtle fruit and yeast aromas. Has a slight bitter funk from the yeast used. Pretty amazing. Flavors are elegant with the pine from hops and funk from the yeast playing well together. Finishes with finesse and balance. Tannins, acids, and alcohol all in check and balanced. I thought this was 8-9% abv... it was well hidden.

I recommend this beer highly... though not getting drunk at the strip club afterwards...

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 23:46:15 | More by cbarrett4
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berlinabb

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-12-2014 23:14:56 | More by berlinabb
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theGlasstronaut

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

03-18-2013 22:49:41 | More by theGlasstronaut
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Saudereth

Virginia

4/5  rDev -14.7%

04-07-2014 20:06:47 | More by Saudereth
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tons of cheers to Beerzebub for this one.

Pours a very nice golden with surprisingly thick and well laced head. Carbonation is active and this looks thick.

Scent is the elder on crack. Citrus out the ass.

Taste is...so bitter yet clean. Tropical but not really sweet. Fruity but only in spots. Bitey but not dry. Alcohol well hidden. Really great.

Mouth body and carbonation are medium, and this is very drinkable and good, but so so difficult to get. I'll savor every drop of this growler.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2009 02:48:49 | More by sonicdescent
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julian

Washington

4.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Uber Tavern in Seattle, WA as my first beer of the night (clean palate!)

A: Golden citrus in color with diamond like clarity. No skimping in the head department, this one yields (similar to Pliny) a huge fluffy off white head. Lots of curtainous "ringed" lacing.

S: Light floral hops, huge citrus nose!

T: Fantastic! Huge citrus blast, some candy like sweetness, floral hops, piney, but not as much as Elder...not nearly as much...which is GREAT. This is really a superbly refined and well balanced DIPA. Hats off you to RR.

M: Smooth, medium bodied beer that just wants to love your mouth.

D: High ABV will limit physical tolerance and overall drinkability, but damn if I don't want to risk it all and try anyway!

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 03:55:50 | More by julian
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Trilogy31

California

4.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been. Long time since I logged in, wanted to hate it but its worth reviewing. Had it at Marriott SF drank 6 10oz pours trying it for my first time. Absolute pure clarity on that yellow gold with a finger of foam. Smashing citrus and pine in your face almost a bit of resin, literally I cracked a smile. Drying but not cloying at all. With rich citrus and forest maybe apricots and a deep bitterness that was clean no sweetness. One dimensional but pure perfection not a pliny fan but fing amazing for what it is at that abv.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2014 03:23:21 | More by Trilogy31
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Cazlo

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

03-15-2013 14:03:17 | More by Cazlo
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

3.99/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Had during SF beer week at Bobby G's in Berkeley CA. Had with a PtE side by side.

A: Pours golden color with great clarity. 1 finger white fluffy head.

S: Mango, pineapple grapefruit, sweetness lingering with hops.

T: Hop forward, very sweet citrus fruit. Hides the alcohol well behind a well balanced malt backbone.

M: Well carbonated medium bodied with a bitter dry sweet finish.

O: A good beer that is no where close to the hype. I waited about an hour for this beer which is on the low end, and honestly I would much rather have a TIPA from Knee Deep over this one. Glad to have it once and say I've had it but for this to top in the top 10 beers is all hype based IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 22:34:02 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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oregone

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From (brief) notes:
Beautiful copper color with light head receding to solid and persistant lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine. Strong aroma taht you certainly don't have to stick your face into, but want to. Complex.

Tastes like hops up front. Citrus, pine, very resinous and then the backbone kicks in and lays the foundation for a looong and deliciously balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is superb. Lightly sticky, but not detractingly so. Fills the mouth with a silky layer of flavor that stays.

Kills it on drinkability. As drinkable as any regular ipa I've had. Just stupid easy. This really is the magic here. Such a big strong beer and flavor experience but I could drink this waaaay too quickly and easily.
Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 08:39:01 | More by oregone
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-02-2011 18:17:42 | More by SpillyBeers
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,276 ratings.