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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,257 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,257
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 3,964
Gots: 86 | 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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heresy22

California

4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

12-30-2013 23:46:00 | More by heresy22
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Grant35

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-12-2013 05:37:18 | More by Grant35
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

02-10-2013 22:08:56 | More by 51mmz0rz
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jag21

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

11-14-2011 19:32:49 | More by jag21
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haazer

Pennsylvania

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

First beer(of course) at the Blue Dog event.

A- very pretty golden brew, orange highlights and loads of bubbles. Good carbonation. Lacing all over the glass.

S- Very fruity. Mango, pineapple, pine sap, kiwi. Incredible nose. No malt in here! Aggressive hop aroma all throughout.

T- Its a toss up here between the nose. Very bitter, biting hop flavor. The fruit is orange peel, mango and some honeydo. Sticky syrup, strong pine needles. The hops blend very to me as floral and earthy in profile. No abv detected.

M- Ever so smooth and crisp. Light to medium body and high carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel, coating my teeth. The best part of the beer for me.

O- Two four oz pours didn't do this justice. Incredibly drinkable. What sets this apart from other beers I feel is it really has no flaws. Is it the best beer in the world? I'd say no, better then elder? That's a toss up. Grateful I got to try this though. Blue Dog handled this event very well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 15:22:17 | More by haazer
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Beeranator

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-10-2013 21:02:59 | More by Beeranator
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

05-09-2013 17:26:19 | More by SHerninko
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fiver29

Ohio

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

Growler shared by AJ. Thanks AJ! Pours clear orange color with thick off white head. Aroma is citrus, simcoe hops with grapefruit rind, and some resinous stinky citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is an explosion of flavor. It follows the nose nicely and I can detect layers of resinous hop goodness. Upfront its citrus, then comes simcoe citrus, followed by pine sol flavor, and coats my mouth with hop resins and finishes with a touch of heat. Overall the alcohol is hidden well and I do detect a touch of alcohol in the finish. With more hops. Wonderful beer. Thanks AJ!

Serving type: growler

02-28-2010 19:20:07 | More by fiver29
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oggg

California

4/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Briens. Served in 10oz glasses. (2nd batch)

This beer had a tiny layer of foam that receded quickly, as expected for such a huge brew. Deep golden color with a touch of haziness. Lots of citrus in the nose but I would call it moderate -- less than the aroma I get off the Elder. Crisp on the tongue at first, there is a moderate hop bitterness of grapefruit, citrus, and something different from Pliny the Elder. Hmmm... Can't describe it. Malt is present but again doesn't knock my socks off... unlike the alcohol, which did. Rather, I didn't taste the alcohol but I certainly felt it very quickly.

I really need to try this again. It was somewhat of a letdown, but then again, 1) no beer could live up to the hype that this "triple IPA" got, 2) small glass may have limited aroma dispersal, 3) I developed a bad headache after drinking it, possible from being dehyrdated and then going for a highly alcoholic beer (I doubt it was a reaction to the Younger), and 4) I've been on such a double IPA spree lately that my tongue was probably a little dead to the hoppiness of the Younger. Regardless, I owe the Younger another chance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2005 23:09:26 | More by oggg
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Freshie

Massachusetts

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

I am not the biggest fan of big, strong IPA's. They are by no means my favorite style. I do however respect them, enjoy them, and admire their sometimes complex layers of flavor.

I have heard tell of this brew for some time now, so when I worked EBF 2010, I made sure that this one was my first one, so I was clear minded enough to review it and give it a fair shake.

Pours a nice dark amber color, with nice head.

Aroma is earthy hops with hints of pine. Very refreshing and enticing to smell.

The taste is very well balanced. Sweet hints of candy or citrus, with strong hop backbone coming in the middle. Finishes sweet on the palate.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. For 11% abv this goes down dangerously smooth. With all the flavors in balance, you really don't notice the alochol, with very little burn in the throat. Damn near sessionable.

A very amazing beer. I was very impressed to see it lived up to the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 01:35:29 | More by Freshie
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Keananmichael5

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-10-2014 21:29:01 | More by Keananmichael5
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dubinsky

California

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

2011 Release on release day at RR. This is a transcript of my notes.

My first experience with this beer was last year, and i wasnt reviewing beers at the time. That was the beer that set off this rediculously consuming hobby of mine. This year didnt dissapoint either.

A - Poured from tap into a 10oz imperial looking pint glass. The beer came to my table minutes after the doors were opened on the release day and looked like it glowed. It was as fresh as one could possibly get it. It was a bright, clear glowing orange with a small 1/4 inch head. With such small pours i was thankful for the first time that the head was minimal.

S - The Smell was incredibly fresh, and mostly smelled of wonderful bright citrus and pine.

T - Its hard not to think of a fresher better elder with this beer. The middle and finish are what really differed this beer for me. The beer was explosive with hop flavor but was so balanced and never heavy or sticky.

M - The ABV is so well masked in this beer. I never smelled or tasted any alcohol burn. The beer is medium bodied and has great carbonation.

D - Considering i had 4 of these in one sitting, i can say this is VERY drinkable. I paced myself rather maturely and walked out of the brew pub with wife and kid and felt great.

Great Job Russian River for implementing their new policy this year.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 04:41:01 | More by dubinsky
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bcerv-ca

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

02-26-2014 03:57:21 | More by bcerv-ca
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sourdog

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

03-08-2014 02:53:11 | More by sourdog
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distantmantra

Washington

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

On-tap at Last Drop Bottle Shop. Seattle, WA. February 18th, 2012.

A: Younger pours a golden orange color with a thin head of creamy white foam. Strong lacing clings to the sides of the glass throughout.

S: The beer has a strong aroma of citrus hops, pine and a small bit of cat urine. Slight bit of caramel malt present, but alcohol is not noticeable in the nose.

T: The initial taste is very fruity citrus hops: grapefruit, orange rind and just a bit of apricot. It's almost like Pliny the Elder turned up to 11. This initial fruit flavor explosion melds into a bit of bitter pine hops and some nice sweet malt. Extremely well-balanced.

M: The beer has a medium mouthful with average carbonation for an IPA. As I stated when discussing the aroma, the alcohol is incredibly well-masked. Unlike 120 Minute IPA, you don't taste the booziness. There is no lingering ethanol here. This beer is so well-balanced that it's hard to pace yourself.

O: Yes, there is hype surrounding this beer. However, it's still a damn good beer. I honestly think it's a slightly more extreme version of Elder flavor and aroma-wise. I don't think it's worth five hours of your life standing in line, but it's still an incredible beer that everyone should try once or twice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 04:17:12 | More by distantmantra
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bouncepass

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-06-2012 21:22:24 | More by bouncepass
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emaciated

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

11-17-2011 05:09:46 | More by emaciated
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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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OlieIPA

California

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

My 100th review! WOW! And the perfect beer to enjoy on such an occasion. I had the chance to enjoy this beer twice. Once on 2/6/09 at Hollingshead in Orange, and yesterday (2/10/09) at Beachwood BBQ. This a combination review from both tastings.

A: Poured into a Chimay glass, PTY boasted a robust white and frothy two-finger head. The liquid sitting beneath this extremely frothy beast comprised of deep and dark golden-copper hues along with shades of orange. Similar to PTE, but not as murky and chewy looking. It also gave off that "clean and crisp" appeal that every Double and Triple IPA should have.

S: Intense piney and tree like smells that were balanced off by the sweet malts. There was also a definite alcohol bite from the initial whiff as well.

T: For as robust and potent, the hops and malts balanced out each other out in complete harmony. Hop bitterness was strong, but not overwhelming, and seemed to stay pretty consistent throughout the whole sip. Alcohol was not noticeable, but not hot.

M: Smooth carbonation, medium to full-body, a numbing affect on the palate from hop bitterness.

D: Alcohol is extremely well hidden, to the point that I might think this a regular IPA! A hop bomb that is well balanced between both pines and malts, makes this very enjoyable for just about any time of the year.

Overall: WOW! This beer didn't disappoint at all. It deserves a spot on my top 5 beers I've ever had and one that is well worth seeking. Now that I have said that, I do believe that Pliny the Elder (when fresh) is on par with the Younger. So, if you are unable to get your hands on this, just grab an Elder, put a whole bag of hop pellets in your mouth and drink...then you'll know what PTY tastes like. LOL. Well, maybe not quite like that, but you get the point. A must try. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2009 19:48:39 | More by OlieIPA
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4000qtrap

Missouri

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

Source/Serving: Growler fresh from the brewery. It was insanity!

Smell: the intensity is incredible. Deep, rich, wonderful grapefruit flavors...though significant orange is present as well. Incredible floral notes as well...like burying your nose in a bouquet of alstroemerias or lillies. Amazingly it also smells like a rich, deep pine forest. There is so much going on you might not see the forest for the trees! There is a faint note of sweet malts even when cold - honey mostly - but caramel too...and being detectable under the hops is amazing. There is a nice musty, herbal roundness that adds interest. Tastes this side by side with Pliny the Elder and it tasted dull...amazing.

There is a misty, physical quality to the nose as well....the air feels think like it is over hot tea or soup.

Taste: The first tastes are quite sweet....thick, viscous, and oily Younger hits the palette with honey and caramel goodness. These mingle beautifully with grapefruit peel bitterness which is quite intense but not crushing at all. It's a pine hop explosion. The thick, oily mouthfeel makes it feel like your drinking the nectar of the gods. Its so heavy but retains its freshness and crispness.As much depth and complexity in the malts as the hops, bisquity and bready. Just before the finish there is intense but smooth grapefruit and grassy bitterness at the back of the throat that is accompanied by floral, honey, apricot, and some spicy notes. No hint of alcohol...so drinkable its insane. Finish is quite bitter, resinous with some spiciness and lingers forever.

This beer is balance, balance, balance. Not too sweet like Dogfishhead 120 was for me and not crushingly bitter like some of the Stone brews.

Notes: Taste this side by side a pint of Pliny the Elder. Elder had more lemon, more brown sugar, and more bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 03:15:17 | More by 4000qtrap
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JDM44

Texas

5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-19-2013 07:02:55 | More by JDM44
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ThePaleRider

California

4.98/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this white whale on tap at Hamiltons in San Diego

Great IPA appearance and fragrance. What sets this IIIPA apart from others is the fact that it's 10.25% and still drinks as smoothly as a pale ale. Goes down really well. Didn't give a perfect rating because the body is a little light. This brew feels and almost drinks just like the Elder, but packs more of a punch. Was it worth waiting in line for? YES.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 01:07:11 | More by ThePaleRider
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weaksauce

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-02-2014 01:49:04 | More by weaksauce
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Ant4711

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-05-2014 21:50:27 | More by Ant4711
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ellswrth

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

07-20-2012 03:18:40 | More by ellswrth
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
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