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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,285 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,285
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 4,068
Gots: 91 | 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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emsjf

Virginia

5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-04-2013 04:11:33 | More by emsjf
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -36%

03-04-2013 02:10:16 | More by RichardMNixon
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Methical

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-04-2013 02:03:24 | More by Methical
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StoutOfHiawatha

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful, deep golden IPA appearance with a tiny strip of white head. Had it in a 5-ounce sampler at Capone's in Norristown, Pa.

S: pine, sweet malt, slight grapefruit, wonderful.

T: Had a chance to have this paired with the Elder. And while I've had and loved the Elder before, the Younger just blows it away. So much more complex.

M: Thick and oily, but so very nice. Just feels ... right

O: Lived up to the hype for me, and well worth an hour wait outside in the morning cold. The ABV is so amazingly hidden. You'd never know. But I can't really say anything negative. AMazing nose, really great mouthfeel, beautifully complex. So much going on. Blows your taste buds away. Can't wait to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 13:23:48 | More by StoutOfHiawatha
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MrVonzipper

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-03-2013 07:32:09 | More by MrVonzipper
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robbrandes

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

03-03-2013 05:29:27 | More by robbrandes
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sustyhops

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-03-2013 02:38:23 | More by sustyhops
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Holland

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: viscous looking IPA with some small white head on top

S: pine, citrus, alcohol, and malt sweetness; this doesn't all mix well.

T: more of that odd mixture. The taste of all of these ingredients should be good, and is, but the mixture doesn't come together well enough to be the best DIPA out there.

M: thick even for the style, with decent but somewhat lacking carbonation.

O: misses the mark, though still excellent. I wonder if other batches or having this fresher would have made a difference (it's a month after the release and it just showed up in Philly). Reminds me of a Heady Topper, but doesn't strike the balance right. It's not dry enough, but at the same time there's too much alcohol. This beer just tried to be too big. For all of the negative things here, it's still on par with deliciousness like Simtra, but it's a step below Heady, and probably not as good as the Elder.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 00:16:03 | More by Holland
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digita7693

Germany

4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

03-02-2013 23:58:59 | More by digita7693
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BeerSnob1022

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-02-2013 23:56:05 | More by BeerSnob1022
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anteater

Oregon

4.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour at Wildwood

A: Clear and golden, beautiful

S: Powerful citrus and pine

T: Enormous and pure blast of hops explodes at the first sip, more citrus, pine and tropical fruit. No burn, just the right amount of bitterness.There is no lingering of unwanted bitterness or malt that you would find in most other IPAs of this strength, this is like a perfectly painted portrait of hops.

M: Cloud like, in that once you swallow its almost like the liquid was never in your mouth in the first place. The flavor makes a tremendous impact but the beer is so ridiculously light and drinkable.

O: Best IPA out there? Maybe. It was my favorite back to back with blind pig, the elder, rpm, hop venom, notorious (barely) and sucks. It takes a lot to stand out in that crowd. Hype = justified.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 21:07:24 | More by anteater
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-02-2013 20:15:37 | More by waddellc2
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

03-02-2013 20:05:53 | More by rydev24
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-02-2013 17:43:36 | More by tedho21
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JHarris1717

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

03-02-2013 15:44:22 | More by JHarris1717
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beernut

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-01-2013 17:47:59 | More by beernut
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knight84

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

03-01-2013 17:35:21 | More by knight84
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prg1976

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-01-2013 11:55:50 | More by prg1976
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spoony

Colorado

4.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk into a tulip-style glass.

A-This brew looks like a IIPA, i.e., very little head and a clear brew with a orange-tinted, slightly off-pale coloring.

S-The smell is intense and complex. I detect citrus flavors ranging from grapefruit to orange to lemon. I also detect a honey and pepper. This brew is on the fruit forward end of things, but there is still a light whiff of dank pine and sage.

T-The taste is not a complete fruit bomb like the smell. I still get grapefruit and other citrus as dominant, but there is more chalky, earthy, oily, dank flavor from the hops that moves on the stage here. I also pick up a hint of caramel malt, which makes for a nice balance. The concentration of flavor and balance of hop and malt are impressive.

M-The feel is mildly slick and oily. The carbonation is low and the weight is medium bodied.

O-It is hard for a brew like this to live up to the hype, and I'm not sure it did, but this is a damn good beer. The impressive thing here is the balance of malt and hops (and ABV, which is nearly imperceptible) combined with such an intensely strong flavor. Other brews that strive for intensity come of as overly bitter or one-trick ponies, but this brew does a great job of drinking well at 11.0% while maintaining full flavor force.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 04:42:26 | More by spoony
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-01-2013 04:03:38 | More by cclark67789
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Buzzerben

Minnesota

4.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fortunate to be in Denver at the Cheeky Monk for a tapping.

Appearance: Clear, crisp orange hued. Akin to most kiler DIPAs/TIPAs
Smell: Citrusy sweet from 3 feet away
Taste: Enamel-busting sticky grapefuit
Mouthfeel: Suave suave suave.

Overalll: I was very impressed with this beer. I feel lucky to have had it. It most certainly lives up to the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 02:46:32 | More by Buzzerben
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Number3red

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

03-01-2013 01:59:20 | More by Number3red
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

02-28-2013 21:03:41 | More by rondufresne
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imyourhero21

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

02-28-2013 19:10:22 | More by imyourhero21
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LuauLarry

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-28-2013 04:33:59 | More by LuauLarry
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
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