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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,458 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,458
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 4,660
Gots: 142 | 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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4/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of bfields4
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at falling rock.

Pours a clear golden body. Good head that gives a nice lace to the brew.

Very piny in the aroma. A bit larger sweet grapefruit than with the elder, but not much. Slight biscuity malt.

Resiny pine flavor very prevalent. A touch of spiceyness and sweetness from the malt help finish off this well rounded beer. The grapefruit is a little more pungent in this version than the elder.

A good beer nice smooth easy drinker for alcohol and flavor profile. I don't know if i'd be able to pick this one apart from the Elder though had side by side.

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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to have a friend bring me a growler of this, last month after a trip to Northern California. Immediately after opening the growler the hop punch hit me. A bouquet of hops almost overwhelm me. It poured a golden haze while the aroma continued to permeate my senses. The balanced foam head filled out what looked to be a picturebook painting of what a pint should look like. The scents still swimming around my nose: piney, gorgeous hops with a slight citrus undertone. It was a complex aroma that was truly remarkable.

My first sip completed everything. The aroma perfectedly made it’s way to the taste: it was a complex delight of many flavors, including a slight sweetness. The mouthfeel was a bit creamy, well carbonated but decidedly easy drinking for it’s 11% ABV.

This is as closed to a perfect beer as it can come, possibly the best beer I’ve ever had.

Photo of bbothen
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dont know what else can be said about this one.

Clear golden rust like color. Thick white 2 finger deep head. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing & webbing on glass.

Intense pine & citrus hoppiness. Tree, grass, earth, spruce. Faint maltiness & booziness.

First off. Amazingly balanced between the huge hop presence and sweet malt. Estery, sticky, oily, sweet, bitter. 11% makes itself known. Just go try it for yourself.

Thick, syrupy, medium full, coating, moderate carbonation.

For an 11% monster...it's highly drinkable. Probably because it's DELICIOUS. Although after 2, you may second guess ordering another.

Try this one. Duh.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of RustyDiamond
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Half pint at Russian River on 02.06.09. Board behind bar listed PiY as 10.5% with GOBS under the I.B.U. One of the most unique colors of beer I have ever seen. No head in sight and the glass was glowing orange. All I could do was stare for a few minutes. While doing this, I could smell Younger from a foot away. Crazy giant boozy grapefruit whiffs. Really. Chewy as hell. Grapefruit taffy. Cascade spearmint jolly rancher. Enormous whopper of a DIPA. Exceptionally drinkable for the size. Had a tulip of Younger Sunday night @ Toronado and could have had 6 more. But what's the point? This beer is the shit.

Photo of Gregaroo
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of auroracrisis
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Duvel tulip thanks to Evan, thanks again brah! I owe you big time!

A - Orange with yellow highlights. Tiny head with big bubbles and a small head as you sip down the brew.

S - Big time hops with alcohol and malt mixed in. Hard to describe but it's outstanding! Some citrus, lots of pine too. Whatever Vinny did here is working.

T - Hops, hops and more hops. It basically owns your entire palate with an assortment of hops. It's a controlled chaos though, you can find balance in the big malts in the brew. A fantastic array of flavor. I can't really describe it. I guess from what I know it's like Hopslam without the honey. It's more aggressive than Hopslam, ti's not as mellowed out.

M - Low carbonation on the heavier side of medium.

D - High. It's not necessarily perfect but the flavors don't keep your lips far from the glass. As it warms, the alcohol becomes a tad more apparent but it's still masked well.

Overall, I'd say this beer is almost an exercise in perfection. A complete expression of perfection on the higher alcoholic version of a DIPA. Great job, Russian River and thanks again for the taste Evan!

Photo of benclimbs
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The most coveted beer on earth - finally after all these years!!!!
Had on tap at Russian River Brewery at 11:15 AM - had to get there early before the goods were tapped out! It was well worth the wait! Unsurprisingly, this is a pretty amazing IPA

LOOK - Pours blonde and surprisingly clear with tons of lacing and no head - looks identical to the elder.

SMELL - Simply Amazing. Perfect pure balanced hop character. Strawberries, pine, grapefruit, orange peel, and earth - no detectable alcohol. The nose on this is by far the best of any IPA i've ever had.

TASTE - Equally amazing, extremely geared. Starts out fruity, then moves on to licorice, spice and herbal notes and finishes with a sweet but creamy warm alcohol body and a super hoptastic, ultra bitter, dry delicious finish. WOW!

FEEL - Good mouthfeel, a bit on the slick, warm side but not overwhelming...the only quality of the beer that isn't stellar.

DRINK - Fantastic drinkability for such a huge brew.

This is an absolutely perfect West Coast IPA - The most telling thing is taking a sip of this and then a sip of Pliny the Elder...It tastes like a lager after this baby! So rich, complex, geared and amazing...one of the best beers i've ever had, and likely the best of the style.
THANK YOU RUSSIAN RIVER!!!

Photo of DocJitsu
4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color was a golden light orange.  Citrus bouquet. No head at all, but nicely carbonated. Nice mouthfeel.  An immediate blast of pine that yields to alternating grapefruit and floral flavors. Finishes with distinct grapefruit. No discernible alcohol warmth despite having an ABV of 10.7%.  Great beer, but not my own personal number one--certainly not the best on the planet. 

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4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed at the mecca, RRB. reviewed from notes taken on 2.9.12. poured into a half-pint glass. thanks to all the bar staff for a great experience!

A - perfectly clear golden color with a very thin white head that was really more of a ring; it did leave some lacing as a i milked it

S - soft tropical(pineapple, honeysuckle) turns fresh cut pine tree

T - follows nose - pineapple, peach, grapefruit yields to a strong pine resin; long dry, bitter finish

M - medium body; light, active carbonation gives some crispness; the hop resin leaves a strong but pleasant bitter coat in your mouth that is a complete palette jackhammer

O - as i sipped this i had mixed emotions. on one hand i was not blown away. admittedly this is not my favorite style. i thought it was just a little too much(in all ways). on the other hand i think it was a perfect execution of what they wanted when they wrote the recipe and i don't see any flaws. if you like the over-the-top hoppy bitterness then this could be the holy grail for you. i feel lucky to have gotten to try it. hopefully i will have another chance again one day.

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mattsander
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,458 ratings.