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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,655
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 5,098
Gots: 240 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 2,655 | Reviews: 905
Photo of KevSal
4.88/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally found this guy this year, i missed out last year. Poured into a 10oz tulip.

A- F*cking beautiful. Cant looking any better than this. nice one inch head. slight hazy orange. mouth is already watering

S- smells great, a lot like elder with a fuller smell. very good but not the best. strong citrus and floral notes

T- heres where this bad boy really shines, when Dipas get in the 10% range they start taking on a stronger malty taste. not this guy, very crisp and refreshing. it does taste different than elder. great piny taste with a touch of sweetness. i wish the taste left in my mouth lasted all day. (on a gross note i had the most amazing burps the rest of the day lol)

M- perfect. exactly what you'd like from a good ipa perfectly balanced.

D- cant believe how easy this is drinking, i put away my 2 glasses before i even noticed, suddenly i was trying to get out the last 2 drops to my lips. yes it cant be more drinkable. wish i was not driving

Fantastic beer, if you lucky enough to have a chance to try this guy take it. i think mine tasted even better because i was the only guy sitting at the bar haha. maybe not, part of the fun of the younger is sharing a few pints with other beer folk. was still nice to have this guy more intimately.

Photo of patm1986
4.62/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

thank you, hulmeville inn, for the great RR tappings on 1 march 2011

a- thick, cujo-rabbies-like gray head. light-gold body. young's head slowly dissipates, but overall is retained well after a few swirls.

s- resin. douglas fir. mexican vanilla extract. raw honey. alcohol slyly creeps into your nose at the very end. very sneaky alcohol aroma.

t- strong hop flavor. hammered with hops. tastes like pine tree sap, or how i'd imagine that to taste. the raw honey and strong simple syrup notes are immediately replaced by an AMAZINGLY bitter finish that has you actally licking your chops. this pliny packs a punch though. alcohol wallop via strong hop hammer.

m- i had just tasted some firestone walker double jack last night, which had the body and the flavor of an immensely hopped DIPA like Younger, and the comparisons thus far were prevalent; however, what makes Younger an exceptional, elite DIPA is the body/aftertaste. thick, fatty body. the hops have bled into this beer so well that you feel their wieght on your tongue with each sip. the aftertaste blows my mind though. it's so pleasant and delicious and surprising. after each sip, Younger leaves this almost chilled fruit-rind flavor lingering. it's like your mouth after eating the best chilled apple or pear or nectarine. it's unreal actually. it's as my gf says, "it's like Younger ties itself around your tongue like a ribbon refusing to be let go." so true.

d- as it was one per customer, sitting with this and discovering the degrees of its character, because it's the only glass you'll have, is a truly beautiful thing. not that you wouldn't savor the glass anyway, but with a definite limit, it's very contemplative. with a one glass limit aside, the incredible bitterness, girth in body, and strong flavor probably limits one per sitting even in ideal circumstances.

an elite DIPA. the aromas and flavors are extraordinary, but the mouthfeel and finish make this legend.

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

2/28/11 - 8oz pour in to a tulip glass

The color was exceptional, a clear shiny copper color with a thin white head that was only about 1 finger or so that dissipated quickly.

The aroma was full of citrusy & floral hops. A very intense aroma for a beer, but had the perfect blend of hops in the nose that work very well with each other.

Taste was amazing. It was sweeter and maltier than I expected, possibly to better balance out the loads of hops this beer has. Full of grapefruit and sweet like honey. The finish has a nice piney note on the end as well.

Mouthfeel was perfect, not too heavy or light, the carbonation was a bit lower than most IPAs, but suited this beer just right. It really brought out the smoothness and balance between the malts & hops on the tongue without the bringing out the bitterness.

This is quite possibly the best balanced IPA I've had even though it's a TIPA. I love the Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder, this is just one step beyond and much more refined. Excellent beer, well worth the wait, only wish it was more readily available.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 on tap at Khyber Pass Pub

Poured into a tulip. Deep dark golden, possibly a little orange. Solid two fingers of frothy head. Beautiful lace floated down the glass as I drank.

Big resinous hop aroma; pine and a little bit of the sweet citrus aroma.

Flavor was quite sweet as expected, but I felt it could've used a bit more. Honey and caramel were there, but balanced by the sharp astringent bitter finish. I would've liked more hop flavor, not just the bitterness.

Perfect carbonation and medium mouth feel -- pretty full-bodied for the style.

Insanely drinkable for the style. Was easy to put away this bad boy and a struggle to actually try to savor it. An amazing beer, but there are also other great double IPAs out there much easier to get. Glad I had the chance to try it, though.

Photo of xnicknj
4.77/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at khyber in philly. served in tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden orange, nice fluff of white head, patches and wisps of lacing and retention while drinking.

Heavy dose of pine and citric hops, notes of tropical fruit and apricot, lighter doughy malt with soft hints of sweetness.

Starkly bitter hops up front, explosion of citrus and grapefruit, followed by sticky resin, pine, and rind. Slowly moves into softer fruit sweetness with lighter tropical notes. Caramel and dough backbone is present but rests underneath the intensely hopped flavor. Crazy amount of lingering bitterness and dryness on the tongue. Soft alcohol warmth towards the near everlasting hopped up finish.

Creamy medium body, exceptionally smooth on the tongue especially for the style, milder carbonation. Insane level of drinkability for the ABV, I left feeling like I wanted to drink about half a growler of this stuff. The hop profile and crazily balanced flavor is off the charts, and I feel like I can comfortably say that this one lives up to the hype.

Photo of riored4v
4.57/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8oz pour in to a tulip glass. Clear, caramel colored body with a thin head.

Aroma was dank, delicious hops. Full of floral and citrus hops. Awesome, malty and caramely sweetness. Strong grapefruit.

Taste is excellent and worth the hype. Big, bold beer but with an excellent flavor profile. Strong citrus and resiny hop flavor. Lots of grapefruit with some pine in the background. Good caramel flavor with a perfect malty sweetness to back up the massive hop flavor. Notes of honey as well.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium body, medium/high darn and very dry finish that leaves a resiny hop flavor.

Drinkability is surprisingly good. Probably too good. Almost no signs of ABV. BIG hop flavor but the sweetness tones it down.

Excellent brew overall. Worth the hype and glad I finally got to try it. If you love hops and a well crafted big ipa...this is it

Photo of HopHead84
4.77/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2/26/2011

On tap at Stone for the Don Younger toast.

A: Burnished gold and perfectly transparent with a huge frothy white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Monstrous hop aroma, with big pine notes accompanied by grapefruit, orange, and a little apricot. Bright, vibrant, and exceptional. Booze is really well hidden.

T: Deeply resinous with well masked yet apparent alcohol in the flavor. Malt provides a little backing but no evident taste. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden for the ABV. Great hop flavor, one of the best in the style. Some orange and grapefruit rind in the moderately bitter finish. Overall, the flavor exhibits massive hop influence with a smooth upper moderate bitterness. Never astringent or harsh.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is crisp and sticky. This aspect is amazing. Unlike many other Double IPAs that attempt to approach this ABV, it's never heavy on the palate.

Overall: I love this beer, but I think a few others I've had in the last year are just as good. Regardless, this is world class and it was nice to finally try this year's batch with minimal effort.

Photo of biggied
4.97/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A beautiful clear golden color with a nice foamy head that quickly drops to a few off white bubbles on top of the beer.

S: Unbelievable. Smells a lot like the other Pliny, but with a little bit of a tropical flare. Lots of piney hops, some mango, apricot and a lot of pineapple.

T: I was expecting this to just be a bigger version of PTE, but as other have said, it doesn't taste "bigger," just better. The balance in this beer is uncanny. Citrus hops and grapefruit hit the palette first along with a sharp peppery bite and then it gets mellowed by the malts and finishes pretty crisply. It takes all of the rough edges that PTE has and polishes them into a masterpiece. One of the best beers I've ever had.

D: After a few half pints I don't remember getting back to the hotel, but I don't remember drinking a strong beer either. Awesome!

Photo of Gobzilla
4.7/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally caught up with pliny the elder's nephew

A: poured a glowing golden orange in color with yellow highlights and had a nice tight finger of head with good retention but left plenty of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront had an incredible hoppy aroma kinda like smelling fresh hops alongside grassy, nice piney, orange citrusy notes and some good sweetness I believe are from the malts but not a very noticeable amount of booze.

T: it definitely had a hop profile second to none which was very clean crispy but with a nice hop punch. It had piney, grassy, candi sugar accents but had citrus grapefruit flavor that helped out the bitterness. Super well balance with just a prefect amount of sweetness coming through to control the hoppy blast.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a perfect amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, sweet, grassy, piney, hoppy blast, and bitter finish that lingered on the palate; very well balanced

D: very very drinkable with the ABV truly hidden really well in the hop heaven and what has to be one of the best TIPA on the planet. Another west coast hop bomb which is definitely a treat if you can catch up with him.

Photo of Gargamel92886
4.97/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At first I was concerned this beer would not live up to the hype. It did.

A: Straw colored, clear with thin white head

S: mild, citrusy

T: hoppy, not overly bitter

M: nice, crisp, fine carbonation

D: very drinkable. The alcohol hides so nicely within the beer, I didn't notice it until I stood up.

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

Tasted the beer at the bar. I had to wait in line for about one hour and a half. I then just proceeded to drink two 10 oz younger glasses in almost no time at all. It is really exceptional how easy drinking the beer is for its size.
I later ordered an Elder and a Younger to compare then side by side.

Appearance is fantastic. A hazy orangey color, just a tad more copper than the characteristic yellow of pliny the elder. Under some lights they seemed almost the same color, but when held up, you can clearly see that Younger is a bit more orange. Very nice. It is a little hazy, but I guess it goes with the style and the amount of hops. Not a very large head but it really doesn't matter, the beer was very nicely carbonated.

Smell is wonderful. Piney, citrus hops. I swear this has got to be the best smelling beer ever. Perhaps I like the smell of the Elder just a tad better, just because it is a bit dryer. Nonetheless a LOT of hops and a delicious smell.

Taste is just fantastic. It is impressive how the Younger can make the Elder seem not as good. It really has a nicer, maybe a little more balanced taste. Not as dry, and just as much hop flavor.

Everything was amazing about the beer. The only bad thing is they only make it once a year and I had to travel FAR to get it.

Drinkability is excellent. I would have had more, but did not want to get home without a brain.

The best beer I've had hands down. Really hard to express how this one makes the Elder seem like a normal beer. Although we all know the Elder is also great. I hate to give out a perfect score, but this one just plain deserves it.

Photo of FosterJM
4.77/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

269th review on BA
Draft to 12 oz pint

Thanks to Barley & Hops for a great day yesterday!!

App- Was a very traditional IPA color. That medium orangy/yellow color with a very thin 1/2 in head to it.

Smell- Was a bit bigger in terms of of the piney, resiny and hop forward smells I was looking for. Good smelling beer.

Taste- To me this was better than PtE. It was more of a subdued piney, resin taste with a cripsness and bit creamy.

Mouth- A very pleasant medium body with a medium carb level. Left a great hop/piney aftertaste.

Drink- I could drink it all day. Too bad so many people were in line. Better than PtE as I said and I loved it.

Photo of gueuzer
4.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Falling Rock.

App- Straw colored with a slight bit of white head. Dissipates fairly quickly. White lacing left behind.

Sm- Fruity, resinous, pine. Pineapple. Some malt sweetness lurking back there. Amazing.

Ta- Resinous hops, some hop bitterness but the malty sweetness really shines though. Great balance. Very minimal heat.

Dr- Amazing considering the copious amount of ingredients that go into this beer. Everything is well balanced and alcohol is hidden exceptionally well.

Overall- I would choose this over elder. however, its not so much of a difference that i would go to the ends of the earth to get it. Excellent beer though.

Photo of AbyssJunkie13
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was luck enough to have this 2 days in a row, 2 10z pours at RR and 2 more the next day at a tapping at Bobby G's in Berkeley. All 4 were equally amazing, though nothing will ever match the first couple sips I had at RR. Rarely does a beer live up to the hype, but this one surpassed it for me.

Poured a golden yellow with a thin head that disappeared very quickly.

The aroma was great, but not amazingly strong. You could really tell that this beer was all hops.

The taste was literally mind-blowing. It's like a hop explosion in your mouth. And all hops, but it a really balanced way, if that makes sense. LIke all of the characteristics of hops you can have in a beer (grapefruit, pine, floral, tropical, bitter) that were all balanced perfectly harmoniously on the tongue and permeating every corner of my mouth. You can't even taste the alcohol.

It has a very light mouthfeel for what I would've expected, and that, plus the extremely great taste, contributes to the danger of this beer because I could easily drink 3 before I even felt drunk. In fact, I could literally drink these all night, or as long until I passed out! In fact, on my 2nd day of Younger, I was drinking with an inexperienced beer buddy, and he enjoyed it so much, he's the one who asked for a 2nd round, not really comprehending the effect of 10.25-11%. He was definitely feeling it by the time we made our way around the corner to Triple Rock.

Overall, I would have to say it surpassed all my expectations, and I will definitely be putting Younger day on my calendar every year for as long as we are blessed with this beer.

Photo of veinless
4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at Bobby G's Pizzeria before the rush started, major props to the crew there for managing the craziness with calm and a genial attitude.

Pours an effervescent light amber with heavenly white head that laces well. Translucent and a bit cloudy, but bubbles keep rising to the surface, and it gets clearer after a minute or two. Head is pure white, like cloud white, and is a beauty to look at while it lasts.

Nose is of tons of citrus and malt both, with sticky candy cane sugary character and grapefruit rind all over. Citrus is a blend of mostly sour fruit like lemon, orange, and grapefruit, and although there isn't too much tropical fruit, a bit of pineapple may have reared its head at some point. Aroma was not as strong or diverse as I would have expected, but it was well balanced, and pleasant overall.

Taste is ridiculous stickiness, with caramel and brown sugar, tons of hop bitterness and citrus all balanced to perfection. Grapefruit, orange and lemon are well represented, but there was surprisingly not much tropical character, maybe a bit of mango if anything. Malt kept everything under control the whole time, as the bitterness threatened to get wild, but never really did. Really one of the best tasting and balanced beers I've ever had, as I've never had something that was so incredibly flavorful yet so balanced.

Mouthfeel was flawless, as it was smooth and clean, while being full bodied and basically nectar-like the whole way through. Drinkability was even MORE perfect, as I had NO IDEA the abv was 11% until I saw it on this website a minute ago. There is no beer that hides it better than this, and the tempered bitter finish is so well done that you could drink this for hours without any problem.

This beer is not so much a souped up version of Pliny the Elder as it is a different beer altogether. Both are really incredible beers, and both are equals in my eyes. Russian River gets it right every time.

Photo of davod23
4.48/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Happened to wander into the Father's Office in Santa Monica, and this was on tap. Score! Had three pours at the bar.

Appearance: A brief white head fades to nothing quickly. Deep golden, almost bronze in color. Appears to be fairly syrupy. Very good clarity.

Smell is good, though not as good as I remember it from the past two years. Big fruity hops, underlying honey-like sweetness. Tons of citrus and tropical fruits. Something isn't quite right, though... there's a hint of something that shouldn't be there. I can't put my finger on it. It's no biggie.

Taste is very good. Punch to the face with all sorts of hoppy goodness. It's slightly sweet, but nowhere near as sweet as you might expect given the strength of the brew. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is pretty great. Full-bodied, with medium carbonation. Long bitter finish.

Drinkability is through the roof with this one. I don't know that I can think of another 11% abv brew that is easier to put down. If I wasn't driving I would have had 1-2 more. Superb.

I think last years' version was better. That said, this is still a world-class brew. Kudos to Russian River. I'd sure like to see this around more often...

Photo of HipHop5
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is no doubt in my mind. For all the talk and trendy tales about this beer, now I understand this to be one of the greatest IIPA ever crafted.
Life's mysterious abundance, got me in the doors of Father Office in Santa Monica right before the mob, and a long quest was finally ended few feet from the bar counter(for an other year:).
Very much a replica of the Elder in the aroma profiles, the color takes a darker copper orange red tones here. Clear and crisp appearance with a impeccable inch head that is the gift that keeps on giving. Releasing complex Citrus,pineapple,caramel pine essence into your nose, just to prepare you to what I will call "A religious experience" has your lips come in contact with the tulip.
Smooth yet extremely strong mouth feel at the same time. A balance that would make any scale blush. Full body,Average carbonation, inviting hop bit up front but magically metamorphose on your taste buds to open up a vast field of complex hop flavors.
Definitely more intensity than with the Elder, and great sweet caramel silky consistency that lace down the glass as you watch your new lover disappear sip after sip. I had four in one hour. Just that good and I couldn't resist. Watch out though. 11% is a quick reminder that this one is a triple IIPA.
Enjoy

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.72/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap tonight at Father's Office in Santa Monica. Enjoyed a relaxing 3 10oz pours with no lines, hassles, or assholes.

Pours an orange haze with a thin white head which fades rapidly. Falling face first into a vat of fresh hops and jammed into your nose. Grapefruit, citrus dominates. Hops and more hops, followed by waves of more hops. Ending in a crescendo of... hops. So well balanced, smooth, perfectly bitter and singular like a clarion call. Still hiccuping frothy hops as I type. The ABV is well hidden until it creeps up on you. Wham! Bam!! Hype or no hype, this is an amazing triple IPA. Well done. I'll be counting the days till February 2012.

Photo of joebrewinesq
4.95/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this fine brew on tap at the Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights at the 5 o'clock release. Taped out in an hour and I was lucky enough to have 2. One in a 10 oz (.25 L) flute and the other in a 10 oz snifter. The first was paired with .4L of Elder.

Magnificent aroma and was so incredible it put PTE to shame.

Aroma was extremely citrusy and reeked (in a good way) of simco.

The mouth was very sweet and delicious. A mouthful of pine trees.

It was worth the wait and can't wait for next year.

Photo of Dijeriduster
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Lady Ale House during their Younger vs. Elder event. Poured into a brandy snifter style glass.

A - Just slight darker than the Elder (though could have been since it was a thicker glass). Large 3 finger head was egg shell white and considerably thicker than the Elder.

S - Came thru very citrusy with just a hint of hoppy sweetness. Slightly acidic burn from the high alcohol mingling with so much hops.

T - What can be said that hasn't before? This is a wonderful beer with plenty of hoppy kick coming thru a rather thin grain bill - especially considering the alcohol this is a real feat.

M - Very well balanced with a nice creamy mouthfeel that you don't often find with any IIPA. Fades a little thinner on the back of the tongue.

D - Crazy good beer, maybe not one that you'd drink every day but there is a reason why I waited 40 mins to get at this. Why they don't make this more often is beyond me - clearly this is a world class beer and I wish RR were filthy rich cause of it.

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

on tap at Toronado SD

A: a beautiful light copper orange color.

S: lots and lots of grapefruit hops hit the nose.

T: the hops are what I taste from beginning to end. Lots of pine and grapefruit overwhelm my mouth. So much hops aftertaste. Minutes of it. I should just wait to see how long the hop aftertaste lasts.

M: amazing carbonation reallly masks the thickness of this beer. Contributes to it's amazing drinkability.

D: the 11% is sooo well hidden. I have to slow myself dwn from drinking this one like I would a single IPA. This beer is from a different planet. A planet I want to live on all the time.

Photo of 1759Girl
4.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not sure how I've forgotten to review this in the past... but no time like the present!
Just hit up the brewery for the two-week stretch of PTY for 2011

Appearance- Hazy, golden with a white head that dissipates quickly. Some light lacing. Medium liveliness.

Smell- Like that of the kindest bud. Or, so they tell me. Sweet, hoppy, slightly woody.

Taste- Excellent complexity. Starts hoppy immediately, then sweetens, followed by a punch of alcohol heat. Then, it moves back to hops and malt, ending with a huge and extended resin hang.

Mouf- perfect. Easy. Medium bodied. Slightly seltzery.

Drinkability. Heck yes.

Photo of dubinsky
4.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of peacebone116
4.92/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally/actually made it up to the brewery to try out this wonderful offering from the people at Russian River. Served in a 10-oz glass. Moderately carbonated.

A: Brilliant golden honey colored with little head, but topped with lace that clung to the sides of my glass throughout enjoyment.

N: Resinous pine, citrus flowers and grapefruit zest and skunky marijuana.

T/M: Taste follows the nose perfectly, with a sharp kick from the warming alcohol that almost comes off as additional bitterness. The beer goes down so easily, despite the heavy alcohol. It is sweet with the citrus flavors, but almost well balanced. The body is oily but not really as chewy as expected given the hop levels.

Overall, this beer is maybe "not worth the hype"....But with that said, I can easily say this was one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The flavors are so crisp and clean and, for a hop-head, this is a dream in a glass. I wish this were available year round! ...but people really do freak out about this rather than simply geeking out. It compares nicely to the Elder version, just a bit more alcohol--same flavor profile with a bit heavier body and mouthfeel. DELICIOUS!

Photo of DaveHS
4.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Toronado SF.

A- Pours rusty orange with 1/4 inch of brilliant white head.

S-Piney, resinous hops, grapefruit, weed.

T/M-You'd never peg it for 11%ABV. If you're familiar with the Elder, the Younger is Elder times two. A beer whose hop profile shifts from piney to earthy to tasting like a mouthful of sticky weed, to tangerines and mouth watering bitterness, all held together by vibrant, chewy carbonation.

D-Don't get me wrong, this is an awesome beer. But it's not worth the hype. The way people trip over themselves trying to get their little 4oz sample doesn't add up. Yeah, it's a really good DIPA, but there are plenty of really good DIPAs, and most of them are available for more than 2 weeks a year.

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Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
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