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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,410
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 4,449
Gots: 123 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

cwelsh55, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

PlinyBeMiney, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

FranzBC, May 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

gfap61, May 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

dwerner, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

blguillen, May 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

SHerninko, May 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Thirsty_Rob, May 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

profbobo, May 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

smitty5245, May 07, 2013
Photo of tastyville
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer about a dozen times in February and twice in March. I write this review now from notes I had written on my notepad app in my phone. I think this review deserves the complete journey I took from La Habra to Santa Rosa on a chilly evening in February. I drove seven and a half hours to get to Russian River and arrived a bit past 10:30pm. My girlfriend and I ordered a couple glasses of Pliny the Younger. What I saw was a small glass with a clear, obviously filtered, golden beer and a nice head. The aroma was enticing to me, not so much my girlfriend. "It smells like pine cones!" She was not a beer enthusiast like me but I agreed with her- "It also smells like citrus and in very good balance. Not one more than the other." So we drank. Poof! Like a memory it was there and it was gone- it vanished, it evaporated. It was so easy to drink I had to keep the second gulp in my mouth, swish it around and chew it a bit to get the complete experience. I was dumbfounded. "Isn't this supposed to be nearly 12%?" I asked my girlfriend. By this time she was done and ordered another. This was a woman that barely got the hang of Leinenkugel not two months before. As I watched her drink it, swish it around and chew a few times (like I told her to) she would close her eyes and "Mmmm! This is SO good." This was probably the fifth or sixth kind of beer she has ever tried. The aggressive amounts of ABV with the intense aroma and smooth flavor and the subtlety by which the flavors develop in your mouth which is such a rich dynamic from a hop punch in front to a sweet tang of citrus to the back which completely masks the amount of alcohol in addition to being filtered- this beer is quite frankly dangerously delicious and I can't wait for my next journey in February!

tastyville, May 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Tdesalvo25, May 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

CoolEthan, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

hatfulofhollow, May 03, 2013
Photo of akang
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had some at the brewery and liked it so much that I tracked it down at a couple places in San Diego (Hamilton's Tavern, SD TapRoom).

A - Rich orange-gold with minimal head.

S - Strong pine but citrus comes through as well.

T - It's an elevated version of PtE. There is a stronger citrus flavor that is able to hide the higher alcohol content. The overall balance is incredible.

M - Amazing smoothness that makes it so easy to drink.

O - This is my favorite beer so I am biased when I say that this is deserving of the hype. I probably wasted way too much time tracking this in February/March, but I imagine I will be doing the same thing next year.

akang, May 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

IPAyForHops, May 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

cgentzkow, May 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

jminsc76, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -19.9%

D_Villa, Apr 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

bbfc, Apr 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

bsinger45, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Dowlers
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer definitely lives up to the legend.

Appearance) Beautiful straw gold colour.

Smell) rich citrusy grapefruit aroma

Taste) Sweet citrus and grapefruit hops. Rich smooth malty aftertaste. High alcohol content well hidden.

Mouthfeel) Oh so smooth. Unbelievable smoothness considering the amount of flavor packed into the taste

Overall) The outstanding example of its style. For once the hype is justified.

Dowlers, Apr 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great brew, I wish it was bottled and year round. It taste like a concentrated glass of grapefruit and pine. I've had heady topper, and I know this would rank higher if it were more readily available outside of California. I also think that this blows heady topper out if the water.

gmartinez, Apr 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the pub several times in 2011 & 2012

Best IPA in every regard.

Pours with practically no head and is a perfectly clear, bright orange-gold color.

Balance is the key with this beer, nothing overpowers and the high abv is hidden very well - all the traditional west coast IPA notes with the citrus, pine, sweetness...just everything is bigger and yet so well balanced. Not enough can be said about just how good this beer is, I set this as my standard to compare all IPA/DIPA's against.

LSx, Apr 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

willhans8, Apr 24, 2013
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,410 ratings.