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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,374 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,374
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 4,339
Gots: 118 | 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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Photo of rkhaze
4.88/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy golden buutterscotch color with a creamy white head. Sheets of lace down the glass.
Big resinous grapefruit rind aroma. Floral and perfumey with some malt and a bit of caramel.
Sweet floral tastes. Lots of sweet malt with toffee undertones helps balance the inpending hop onslaught. Does a good job of it too.The hop profile came in fresh and floral with citrus rind & juice flavors, a bit of pepper and hints of pineapple and vanilla in the finish. Great balance and the alcohol was almost non existent. It was almost on the verge of being a little cloying. Absolutely a glassful of nectar!
Medium bodied with a velvety smooth, creamy and slightly oily mouthfeel. Perfect!
Exceptional, almost laughable drinkability for such a huge beer.
If you find it...try it! Highly recommended.

rkhaze, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of ScreamForMe
5/5  rDev +6.6%

ScreamForMe, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Swervine44
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Swervine44, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
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.

CommanderOfAwesome, Mar 05, 2013
5/5  rDev +6.6%

SMITHAND, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of bs870621345
4.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got an amazing tip, shared with a few with Brendan (afksports) and had a bunch of it...finally a beer that lives up to the hype.

Pours a beautiful orange color with a half inch of head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass...all IPAs should look like this.

Smells of citrus and pine, bread is far in the background...but its balanced...I cannot explain this. Its a little subtle for a beer this big, but overall wish it was more

Taste has everything...citrus burst on the tip with pine and citrus in the middle and finishes with pine...herbs are mixed in. The malt is an after thought, yet is balanced. Once again, I cannot explain it, its fantastic.

Mouthfeel suffers a bit from the full feeling. Its light and crisp with amazing carbonation, yet it fills the mouth like a stout.

Drinkability is amazing, had 3, could have had more, chose to walk away...did you know it is 11% alcohol?

This is an amazing IPA...really what it boils down to

bs870621345, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of SHerninko
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

SHerninko, May 09, 2013
Photo of dctriman
5/5  rDev +6.6%

dctriman, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of DrDogbeer
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. :(

DrDogbeer, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of eorwar
5/5  rDev +6.6%

eorwar, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Prost76
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Prost76, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of jlisuk
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

jlisuk, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of chickencoop
5/5  rDev +6.6%

chickencoop, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Centennial
4/5  rDev -14.7%

Centennial, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of afrokaze
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.

afrokaze, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of nesarebad
4.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Grey Lodge, 2.28.12, it is amazing to have such a world class beer blocks from my house. Appearance is a wonderful honey gold, with a decent amount of lacing. Smell is wonderful with a prelude to the wonderful balance that this beer displays, lots of hops and malt here. Taste, well...I talked about the balance here and it is ever present here. When you think about the copious amounts of hops added this beer, you are amazed at way the sweetness just balances it all out. I felt like I was on the brink of this beer being too sweet or too bitter, but it all worked out in the end. Mouthfeel is sticky, but a wonderful feeling...not to slick and definitely easily drinkable. Overall, I can see why this is one of the most highly regarded beers out there, definitely lives up to the billing.

nesarebad, Feb 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

heresy22, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of cbarrett4
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...

cbarrett4, Mar 07, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jackrodgers77, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -14.7%

Saudereth, Apr 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

MJSJr, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

amano_h, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of nealbert
5/5  rDev +6.6%

nealbert, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

berlinabb, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of theGlasstronaut
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

theGlasstronaut, Mar 18, 2013
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
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