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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
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2,254 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,254
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 3,957
Gots: 85 | 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:
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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BreweryRun

California

4.63/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells strong but with a light citrus note, overall smells fantastic. Pours very light but golden with a very small hint of orange, relatively small head. Initial taste is dominated by bitterness but rounds out with a small amount of citrus, finishes pretty dry. Doesn't scorch your tongue with bitterness. Virtually no alcohol character which is impressive considering the %age. Overall it's the epitome of a triple IPA, a dominate hop bitterness flavor that is balanced nicely and allows you to drink more without any problem.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 05:39:04 | More by BreweryRun
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tons of cheers to Beerzebub for this one.

Pours a very nice golden with surprisingly thick and well laced head. Carbonation is active and this looks thick.

Scent is the elder on crack. Citrus out the ass.

Taste is...so bitter yet clean. Tropical but not really sweet. Fruity but only in spots. Bitey but not dry. Alcohol well hidden. Really great.

Mouth body and carbonation are medium, and this is very drinkable and good, but so so difficult to get. I'll savor every drop of this growler.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2009 02:48:49 | More by sonicdescent
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At Belmont Station, side-by-side with Elder.

A: Copper, good clarity. Small, but persistent, head

S: Intense piney hops, forest floor earthiness, and something else a little funky in there, maybe a whisper of diaper. Except in a good way? Having a hard time describing it.

T: Huge hops flavor, but not overwhelming bitterness. A somewhat peculiar and almost artificial sweetness gives it backbone.

M: Long finish, slightly drying. Medium-low carbonation, enough to keep it quite drinkable

O: Okay, Younger you win. I take back everything I've said in the past about you not actually being as good as Elder. Maybe my tastes have changed, but I'm enjoying a bit more sweetness and malt-body in my IIPAs these days. Best beer ever, I don't know. But I sure wouldn't have minded having another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 04:39:04 | More by kscaldef
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CaliHop82

California

4.63/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

PTY on Tap at BoneYard Bistro Sherman Oaks

A - This is the color of what a Triple IPA should look like. Its almost a pale orange in color with little to no head. The color is truely something to be amazed by.

S - This thing is like a being punch by a pine needle in the face with a clean citrus aroma that follows. You can taste the hops through your nose.

T - A hop resin bomb is what you get when you first taste. A hop resin flavor that has both piney and citrus fruit flavors. This is great cold and mellows out a lot as it warms up. Truely a unique taste thats hard to describe but leaves you wanting more.

M - Smooth resin mouthfeel. Velvet texture that is so easy to drink.

O - This is a fantastic IIIPA that leaves you wanting more. Not as much piney carbonation as the Elder but a unique beer that everyone must try. It is almost hard to believe this is a 10% beer as they have masked the alcohol very well. Probably not worth waiting 3 hrs for or even the best beer I have had. But truely a unique beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 17:51:58 | More by CaliHop82
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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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RomanW70

Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3/20 @ Russian River. 10 Oz. glass. Pours clear caramel with a head that quickly turns into lacing. HUGE aroma of grapefruit, pine, caramel and sweet malts. Equally huge taste. Finish is extremely well balanced. Hard to believe it's 11%. Incredibly drinkable. Very gracious to try this tasty treat!

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2009 19:54:12 | More by RomanW70
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augustgarage

California

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub on release day, less than 20 minutes after opening. Poured into a generic 10oz nonic. Consumed on a sunny day out on the patio.

Hazy tangerine body with amber highlights. A spider-web of ivory bubbles drifts across the surface, creating a thin collar over which gossamer arcs of lacing hover for a languid moment before sliding back down into the glass.

The aromatics underscore the freshness of this beer above all else, almost like freshly chilled wort. The orange-rind and evergreen notes are there from the hops, but joined as well by marshmallow and very fresh malt.

Orange blossom, honey, and apricot coat the palate, followed by a spicy citrus-blast, cushioned by a wave of almost syrupy sweetness. Glorious bitterness with green peppercorn, hemp, and grapefruit seeds into the finish. The alcohol lingers like a hoppy single malt - the pine notes coming across almost like menthol.

Smooth, resinous, almost creamy, medium-bodied with some added heft from the ABV - though I wouldn't describe this as hot by any stretch of the imagination.

Among the best examples of the style, edging out the Elder just a bit for king of the NorCal versions.

Hours later, after I had shipped off my growlers, as I was walking down the street in a completely different part of Santa Rosa, I found myself smelling hops. I soon realized the smell was coming from my hands (when I wiped my mouth after the last sip from the glass) even as they were wedged in my pockets!

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 22:44:39 | More by augustgarage
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md655321

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

MAMMOTH thanks to JMoore for this.

Yeah, its pretty great. Smells like hops, and weed, and hops, and citrus, and hops.

Everything good about every IPA in one conventient beer. Citrus, pine, sweet, sticky, etc. As incredible as one would think, but still a touch less than AMAZING. Is it worth IT? Probably not. But still wonderful, probably the best ever.

Had it side to side with Hopslam, and PtY clearly won.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2010 02:46:12 | More by md655321
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Monk's Cafe during there Russian River event. There was a line outside about 30min before the bar even opened at 11am. By the time the bar opened it was over 60 people long.

Poured a golden orange that seemed to glow in the tulip glass, leaving a swiss lacing. The smell of piney, citrusy, hops, was overwhelming. There were 6 beers on tap from Russian River and everyone started with the Younger and the smell of hops was in the air. The bitterness was unlike any DIPA I have ever had, an assault on the taste buds. Easy drinking too, even though I didn't to finish it so I sipped it

I know the Younger and Elder are 2 different beers, but to compare, I actually prefer the Elder, for the balance of it, usually I like my beers the hopper the better, but the Younger could use a little more malt, I guess thats where the Elder comes in. Either way a spectacular

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 12:34:28 | More by bonbini26
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errantnight

California

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank the heavens, finally some Pliny! Thank you, Lucky B's!

Brought out in a Chimay Goblet... a beautiful pilsner-y gold with a creamy white head that stuck around to the bitter end.

Aroma is grapefruit and tangerine with hints of sticky pine. What is sticky pine? I dunno, but it smelled like that sounds.

Taste is... well, let me just say, I don't know that I would immediately peg this as the best DIPA I've ever tasted... but it's certainly the cleanest, and has the most perfect, medium body, clean finish, and balance of hop flavors to malt sweetness, particularly for a beer this size, ever. Only beer that comes close to this level of drinkability is Pure Hoppiness, which also was a chore to NOT chug like hop candy water.

Flavor is a burst of resiny hop goodness, and while it has an appropriately sweet and full middle that accentuates grapefruit and pine notes and a bit of musty tangerine... it has a clean, dry finish that's smooth as silk on the tongue. I've had more satisfying full-bodied flavor explosions before, but this is up there, and more of a 4.6 or 4.7 in taste than a 4.5.

It's interesting to me... this beer is both entirely deserving of its fame and reputation.... and yet not. Every hoppy beer producer and hop afficianado should make a point to seek this out, yes, but it's not more spectacular in flavor than some of your regional favorites. If I could get this regularly, or easily, I'd love it... but what makes it so spectacular is its easy drinkability. To seek this out and try to nurse the experience out seems at odds with the character of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2008 00:06:30 | More by errantnight
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SMMHawkins


4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lucked into trying Pliny the Younger on tap at Vine St Pub in Denver for a 4:20 special tasting this past Friday 4/2/12. A friend was visiting from our hometown of Atlanta, GA, and this was a great start to his trip.

This is obviously a fantastic beer, so I won't try to describe it any more than it already has been. All I wanted to mention is that Pliny the Younger reminded us of Sweetwater Brewing Co's 420 Extra Pale Ale. Call me crazy, but my fellow Atlanta native buddy and I both had a similar response...

I'm sure this is blasphemy, but try 420 and see what you think!

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 14:40:25 | More by SMMHawkins
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Kaiser81

California

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Jerz and VacaX for making the trek from Long Beach to Russian River, and fighting through the mob to bring this back to So Cal. They're champs for their efforts, and I don't know how I'll begin to repay them.

A - Poured from a growler into my Delerium Tremens snifter glass. Has a light copper color, with just under a finger width of head. The head actually died pretty quickly. I was surprised at this from other reviews I had read. There was some lacing left on the glass.

S - It's definitely hop forward. There are some orange scents and other tropical fruits mixed in. There's a nice sweetness on the back end too. I think Sculpin might be slightly more potent, though the two are very similar.

T - First off, the alcohol is very well hidden. Now, there are grapefruits, and other tropical fruits, mixed in with a very sweet aftertaste. But then, pine comes back and there's a lingering pine note as the sweetness dies down. After the beer sits for a bit and warms, or opens up, the alcohol comes out...though just a tad. Still amazingly well hidden for 11%.

M - Crisp and tasty. There's a medium body, with a slightly creamy texture. i thought the carbonation was slightly lacking, though I'm chalking up that to it being stored and transported in a growler.

D - Wow, this is deceptively strong. It's good...very good. I wish I had more. I'd drink more. Why, Russian River, do you brew this only once a year!!??

I think some value, or potency, or whatever you want to call it, was slightly lost in the beer due to it being in a growler, but it's still pretty phenomenal.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2010 05:13:24 | More by Kaiser81
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mechamifune

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz tulip. Very slight creamy head with light sense of cabonation. Color a clear golden with slight amber hue (though to be fair the lighting was pretty bad).

Smell is basically like being punched in the face with hops.... some slight citrus and pine is in there, but you have to search for it.

The taste goes hand in hand with the smell. An intense hop taste with pretty minimal sense of malt and obvious notes of citrus as you progress. A syrupy/resin mouthfeel follows... intense but pleasant. A little creamy with a pretty minimal sense of carbonation.

All in all i'm a little torn with this one. This is an incredible beer and I enjoyed drinking it as much as any other beer i've had.... but if you don't love (and i mean love) hops you will have a hard time enjoying it and I can't help but think that has to count against it a little bit. For as big as this beer is and as intense as it is, its relatively drinkable, but not nearly as much as Elder.

All in all one hell of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 05:35:01 | More by mechamifune
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nycwinter

California

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap after waiting in line for an hr and 1/2 at the bottleroom in Whittier. review from notes.

A: minimal head as expected. Golden orange.
S: fruity hoppiness (e.g. Pineapples) blends amazingly with sweet maltiness.
T: sweetness coats the tongue and the bitterness clings for dear life. Very well balanced throughout.
M: perfect!
O: most people think it's not worth the hype it gets. I think it was well worth the wait. Even if it wasn't #1 on BA I'd wait in line again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 19:26:55 | More by nycwinter
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 05:40:13 | More by patm1986
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treyrab

California

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks goes out to my buddy Ryan for hooking me up with this. After two years gone by of PtY trades falling through, Ryan stepped up big, not to mention the best packaging job I've ever seen on a growler.

The top of the growler pops with a nice hiss and white smoke. Aroma literally pours out of the growler.

A: This pours a thick, sticky, resiny light copper with a nice one finger head. For the ABV and size of this beer, I was expecting it to be a bit darker, but this was fairly light (similar in color to Sculpin). The head surprisingly lasts a while and has mediocre lacing. Great carbonation streaming slowly from the base of the glass.

S: Unfrigginbelieveable. Imagine your head inside a bucket of fresh orange, pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit and you will successfully simulate the PtY aroma experience. This is the best smelling DIPA (or is it TIPA) that I have ever had. The blast of citrus is unbelievable. As it warms up, some alcohol aroma is apparent, but it is really masked by the citrus hops. No pine or grassy hops detected whatsoever. Also not much caramel or malt backing detected in the smell. Straight up citrus explosion.

T: Tasted cold, this was smooth as hell, with the citrus flavors subdued. It coats your entire mouth with thick, sticky, hop resin goodness. As it warms, the beer gets exponentially better. The alcohol comes out, but seems to enhance the citrus and hop experience. I preferred it better a little warmer.

M/D: This is a thick and sticky DIPA. I found myself continually going back to the growler though, hoping more would appear.

Overall, this lived up to the hype. Best DIPA I have had? I would probably say not, but it is damn close.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2010 14:07:33 | More by treyrab
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AltBock

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was finally able to try the mighty Pliny the Younger on tap during the Drafting Room's Hop Fest V. I originally thought they were going to tap Pliny the Elder, but they tapped Pliny the Younger instead. What a pleasant surprise!

Appearance: You'd think a beer that's super hopped up would be hazy or murky as hell with a ton of hop particles floating around, but it wasn't at all. It instead poured a semi clear golden amber orange with a few traces of pale lemon yellow highlights along the sides. Sitting on top of this beer was a good sized fluffy head of white foam. This cotton colored head of foam had good retention that left behind a string of rings and a few blots of lace around the glass. I still can't get over the fact how clear this hoppy beer was!

Smell: The strong scent of hops was just pouring off of this beer. It was so strong that you could easily smell the rich scent of hops a couple of feet away. There wasn't just one variety of hop taking up all the room in the aroma, it was a whole plethora of hops in here. I smelled piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit hops...ah hell just name a variety of hop and it's more than likely in here. Cowering behind the thick wall of hops was the aroma of bitter and tart grapefruit, lemon grass, as well as a few exotic fruits. My nose couldn't find any malts in here, but to be honest, it didn't need them. The strong scent of hops is more than enough to satisfy anybody's sense of smell.

Taste: For a beer that's jam packed with hops, it was actually well balanced. The hops balanced themselves out without the aid of malts of fruits. The first of many hops to show up in the taste was the grapefruit hops. These grapefruit hops lingered on my taste buds for a few minutes. After the grapefruit hops had enough time in the spotlight, they made way for the piney hops. These piney hops didn't stick around for too long because out of nowhere, in comes the grapefruit hops again. I guessed they thought that they didn't have enough in this beer before, so they shoved the piney hops out of the way. I guess you can say the grapefruit hops were very aggressive, but it made for a great taste. There weren't many flavors following the hops, but I couldn't care less about that. The hops were more than enough for me. If you want to know, the flavors that followed the hops were bitter and tart grapefruit and a splash of lemon.

Mouthfeel: 11% ABV? You have got to be kidding! That's what I first thought after I had a few sips of this beer. This beer completely masked it's high 11% ABV. Not only did it hide the ABV%, but the mouthfeel also had a long lasting hoppy aftertaste of a wide range of hops. This strong hoppy aftertaste will linger on the surface of your tongue for a good 10 minutes.

Drinkability: Be careful when you drink Pliny the Younger. Even though it's extremely good, the 11% ABV will come down on you hard if you don't watch it. This beer lives up to all the hype it's received. It was an honor to try this wonderfully balanced hoppy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 17:32:24 | More by AltBock
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bbothen

California

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dont know what else can be said about this one.

Clear golden rust like color. Thick white 2 finger deep head. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing & webbing on glass.

Intense pine & citrus hoppiness. Tree, grass, earth, spruce. Faint maltiness & booziness.

First off. Amazingly balanced between the huge hop presence and sweet malt. Estery, sticky, oily, sweet, bitter. 11% makes itself known. Just go try it for yourself.

Thick, syrupy, medium full, coating, moderate carbonation.

For an 11% monster...it's highly drinkable. Probably because it's DELICIOUS. Although after 2, you may second guess ordering another.

Try this one. Duh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 00:17:44 | More by bbothen
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

ranked one of the best beers in the world for a reason. this is one ive been dying to try for a long time and finally got the chance. followed the falling rock taphouse on twitter anxiously waiting the announcement and finally it came. tapping at 1pm, doors opening at 11am, I was in line by 9:30. had to play it safe. turned out to be a beautiful day of chatting and sharing beers with some great new friends. the beer itself was a joy, worth all the wait and anticipation. it came out in a tulip looking as radiant as a bar of gold, maybe with a slight orangey tint to it, and a couple fingers of pure white lacey head that leaves sticky tracks on the side of the glass as it sips. the nose is fabulous, rich in high alpha hop varietals mostly of the citrus persuasion. grapefruit rind, tangerine, and sweet lemon are apparent, and a bright ale yeast contributes some depth. it smells extraordinarily fresh and decadent, sure to be a treat. the taste is shocking. that first sip was just divine. I let it sit in my mouth for about a minute, just letting it soak in. huge floral and citrus hop notes. some bready body from the yeast, but holy cow the texture of this is what surprised me the most. its not sweet and viscous like so many American big IPAs. its light on the tongue and very clean in the finish. its bitter, but it isn't a blinder in that regard. its sweet, but it isn't sappy or sugary or thick. I think the mouthfeel allows for the flavors of this beer to develop perfectly, without making it unnecessarily weighty or sticky. that element was just so pleasing. when the waitress came around offering up seconds, I shot my hand into the air faster than ive done basically anything in the last ten years. the first sip of that one surprised me too, because it was cold again. I hadn't realized how much this beer opens up with temperature. the great blossoming. theres just so much hop going on here, very west coast, very very fresh. I am not sure from a brewing standpoint what makes this so special, and why other brewers cant offer stuff like this up on a year round bases. it has a similar hop profile to the stone enjoy by series, but trumps it by miles. the pliny the elder could easily be my every day drink, but so could this. it really doesn't seem as alcoholic as it is, totally masked. wow. I really appreciate the opportunity to enjoy this, and would like to thank the people of falling rock and the crew at my table for this event. what a beer, what a good time! cant wait for next year! worth they hype and then some!

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 20:11:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a home bottled younger some months ago but never recorded. Recording on revisiting it this evening.

Pours a golden orange into my Smutty Big Beer glass. A decent little head rises up and fades away in minutes. Aroma is deep, and sweet with the rich resiny hops kicking in and rounding out the nose.

Taste falls in line with aroma. Hops hit syou but the sweetness carries it through the sip. Lots of sweeet and sticky conifer, not even pine so much, resiny pitch that sicks deep into the swallow and lingers till the cotton sets in and your mouth is so dry it puckers. This gets a bit hotter as the temp creeps up letting some alcohol shine through a bit.

Have to thoroughly enjoy when the hype holds up. This is obviously a winner when in the mood for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 02:09:14 | More by gpcollen1
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ikantspel

California

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the salted pig for this pour!

Served in a 5oz tulip

Pours a picturesque golden color with a creamy head. Very slight lacing down the bottle

Hoppy, earthy, some pine and light citrus and sweet fruit flavor
, maybe apricot

Taste like heaven. Visions of pliny the elder, more balanced. Hops are there but not overpowering on pmy alate. Smooth like drinking silk.

Wow.wow.wow

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 20:52:29 | More by ikantspel
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer which, like so many of us beer nerds, I've wanted to try for a long, long time. I am a huge hophead, so this was a nice treat for me. Had this yesterday on tap at Varga bar in Philly for the black tie event. I managed to grab two 6 oz pours so I got a pretty good idea of this beer.

A: Almost clear orange/gold color with ample bubbles rising up to a ring of white head, pretty nice lacing.

S: Not the most pungent smelling triple IPA ever, but what is there is all resiny tropical and pine hops, weed, bitters, a crisp and clean aroma overall.

T/M: Really nice composed flavor, this is supremely balanced for a beer of this ABV. Floral and vegetal hops, tropical fruits abound with pineapple and papaya fruits for me shining through. This is very clearly the next step of elder as it has a nice dry finish, resiny front, and clean mouthfeel and the same sort of hop bill, but just more. Some honey soaked malts and a slight spicy note pervades as well- this accents the hops very well and contributes nicely to the feel overall. The taste lingers very nicely long after tasting it, which is always the mark of a great beer.

Overall, this is a great beer, and it is worth most of the hype. Did it blow me away? No. Is it still awesome? Yes. Would I drive to Philly from DC to and from in one day for it again? No. What I learned from trying this beer, is I need to take my hat off to it in that we wouldn't have beers like Boneyard Notorious, Alpine Expo Hoppiness, HF Ephraim, or even my local DC Brau OTWOA if it wasn't for this beer and it's "Elder" version. This beer seems like it would have blown the doors off the barn if I had it like 4-5 years ago, but now there are many comparable beers which maybe makes it seem less magical than it might have been before. As a saxophone player, it seems to me almost like having to appreciate Lester Young and Charlie Parker so that you can really enjoy Michael Brecker and Chris Potter etc meaning that you have to pay your dues to the ones who innovated first so you can see where the 'newer' things have grown out of. I tip my hat to Russian River and this beer for blazing the trail to the yet even crazier beers we have today.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 02:09:32 | More by Dreadnaught33
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seaoflament

California

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

$5 pint at O'Brien's. Now, last night I started feeling congested and felt a cold coming but I was still able to taste/smell fairly well.

Served in a pint glass. Caramel color with a quarter inch of foam. Good retention. A few soapy spots of lacing.

Big juicy hops. Lots of citrus, lemon, bitter orange and grapefruit zest. Hints of toast and caramel malt, but quickly overpowered by the hops. Just a wonderful bouquet of fruits and hints of pine.

Holy hoppiness! Yep, that's it!

Damn, I think this cleared my sinuses. The most citrusy and yet balanced DIPA I have ever had (just ahead of Summer YuleSmith). Lemon, grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pine on the finish.

Most perfect mouthfeel. Full bodied but not syrupy. Soft on the palate yet a little aggressive on the tongue. Just a little alcohol on the finish, and I was surprised to find out it was 11%

While this one was great, I probably couldn't drink more than 2 servings before getting full. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 03:53:56 | More by seaoflament
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dukedevil0

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Infinitely huge thanks to generous Evan (beddachedda) for sending me a growler and being almost too fair in the trade when everyone else was getting shut out! You rock! Poured from the standard 2L Russian River sweet looking swingtop at Dave's place with a bunch of Chicago beer crew.

A: Pours a pretty clear orangy/yellowish amber color with multiple fingers of white frothy head.

S: Smells real floral, dank, and hoppy with sweet citrus and grapefruit notes. It's not super intense like some beers I've had but quite great smelling.

T: Tastes of sweet citrus abound in this hop bomb with a nice but subtle malt backbone. Flavors of grapefruit, floral, dank, and candy like flavors are present. There's a residual bitterness (punchy but not overwhelming) that simmers down over time.

M: The first few sips are somewhat resiny or oily almost, but then quickly becomes smooth. It's full bodied and viscous on the tongue due to above average carbonation, even out of the growler. Only a slight tingle in the throat on the way down though.

D: The more I drink, the easier it is to drink. Considering the potency of this beer it is amazing how sessionable it is. I keep yearning for more and more, which makes this a dangerously delicious brew with a deceptively low alcohol flavor despite a higher ABV.

Serving type: growler

02-20-2010 19:47:34 | More by dukedevil0
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0110x011

California

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

A - light orange, with a thin, wispy head. Sticky lacing left all the way down.

S - Holy hop explosion! A potent menagerie of pine, grass, grapefruit, and tangerine. The perfect blend of all things hoppy.

T - In the words of my cousin, "it kicks your mouth's ass!" Major juicy hoppiness assaults the palate, overwhelming everything you've tasted in the last year. A bit of toasty breadyness and caramel sweetness prevent total imbalance.

M - Surprisingly light bodied, with fine, smooth carbonation.

D - Incredibly high for an 11% DIPA. I'd drink the whole keg myself if it wouldn't kill me.

Unbelievable. Worth any and all hype that surrounds it. Pray it gets into bottles next year.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 23:21:19 | More by 0110x011
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,254 ratings.