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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

2,286 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,286
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 4,075
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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MattHop

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-01-2011 03:26:55 | More by MattHop
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Hopnug

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5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-08-2012 22:29:52 | More by Hopnug
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JeremyDrinksBeer

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-21-2011 06:35:34 | More by JeremyDrinksBeer
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danrodrigue

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-16-2011 18:55:32 | More by danrodrigue
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archey

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-06-2012 23:28:51 | More by archey
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tsing

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-17-2014 15:17:44 | More by tsing
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-19-2013 19:11:23 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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kevfujii

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-08-2012 09:10:32 | More by kevfujii
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pinnser

Colorado

5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-24-2014 22:46:28 | More by pinnser
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JesseLara

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-29-2013 22:16:07 | More by JesseLara
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KimenTshom

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-01-2012 00:35:25 | More by KimenTshom
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-02-2011 18:17:42 | More by SpillyBeers
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OneBeertoRTA

California

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

This was the first year I really had to make significant effort to score a glass.

In the past one of my favorites spots even served pitchers. Big shout out to Beachwood BBQ for the charity raffle.

Look- Pours a color a tad darker than PtE with = amount of head. Big hefty scent of grapefruit and pine.

Taste- Sweet, fruity and bitterness all in one. The taste is magical and probably hides the abv more so than any other.

The beer lives up to the hype. All around perfection.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 16:18:39 | More by OneBeertoRTA
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RWNewhouse

Montana

5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-27-2012 22:49:25 | More by RWNewhouse
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MTBerDGer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-19-2011 09:16:53 | More by MTBerDGer
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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-19-2011 04:20:33 | More by imperialking
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Methical

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-15-2011 00:47:57 | More by HSThompson
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bigaltemple

Colorado

5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-14-2011 17:34:50 | More by bigaltemple
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GetMeAnIPA

California

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

I was lucky enough to get two glasses this year.

A - golden crystal clear yellow with almost zero head. There is no head retention because of all the hop oil. Great alcohol legs.

S - the smell knocked me off my feet. So piney and hoppy. I could smell the beer from the table. Almost didn't want to drink it because it smelt that good.

T - perfectly balanced and smooth. Classic RR IPA with the piney, citrus flavored but just the right amount of malt backbone. Some warming but no burn.

O - if this beer was more widely available it would be easily the best beer around. Lives up to the hype and has inspired me to finally make the trek to RR next year for the PtY release.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 19:32:00 | More by GetMeAnIPA
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scottfrie

California

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

Consumed on tap at the brewery on release day 2/4/2011.

This glowing honey-amber liquid was served in a 10oz nonic glass. I wouldn't expect much of a head on a pour like this but what thin collar is there left great sheets of lacing down the glass. The smell is just the most wonderful bouquet of sweet floral, fruity and piney hops. This goes for the flavor as well. Overall the hops are full of fruit nectar, honey, and a touch of grapefruit and pine bitterness. Elder is a little bit more potent in the nose, with a bigger blast of grass, pine, and marijuana, but Younger is more fruity, sweet and nectary. The bitterness for this beer is also so well integrated, and it doesn't overwhelm or fatigue the palate at all.

The mouthfeel is everything I want in a beer. This is crazy smooth! There is NO trace of alcohol, and this is a 10.5% beer. Nor is this beer heavy, syrupy or thick. At all. The carbonation is just perfect, and one could quite literally drink this all day. By far this is the best mouthfeel on a beer I've ever had. Basically, this is one of the world's most easy-to-drink beers, and definitely one of the best beers I've ever had. Well well well worth the hype!

EDIT: Consuming this beer during the weeks of the 2012 release solidified this beer as my favorite of all time. There are many other amazing beer in this style and others, but this beer is the best. I love you Vinnie, I love you Russian River!

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 21:53:25 | More by scottfrie
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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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newk340

Wisconsin

4.98/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try after waiting for 3 years! On-tap at Churchill's 3/3.

A: A gorgeous translucent pale gold, a thin fluffy white head and beautiful lacing...

S: Gentle hop aromas grace the nose, nothing overpowering with some hints of lemongrass.

T: Extremely pleasant taste of hops straight off, but quickly fades into faint citrus flavors. A fantastic balance of flavors.

MF/D: Wow, this beer goes down extremely smoothly for the ABV. Faint bubbles dance across the mouth dispersing the flavors equally. Definitely worth the wait and lived up to my hype. Can't wait for it again next year!

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 04:11:38 | More by newk340
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JRO

Wisconsin

4.98/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of the few that is worth the hype. Had it on a sample flight that included Row-two, Blind Pig, The Elder, and The Younger: all exceptional beers, but the Younger sort of blew them away compared side to side.
Incredible aroma, so smooth and well balanced....really hard to believe this is an 11% beer. Can't really say anything bad about it. If you get a chance, it's worth the wait.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2013 17:39:19 | More by JRO
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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
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
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