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Pliny The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,257 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,257
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 3,969
Gots: 86 | 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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5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-28-2013 16:07:26 | More by Devman171
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5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-16-2012 21:10:43 | More by kk73
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4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-12-2014 23:14:56 | More by berlinabb
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Alberta (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed 3 tulips of the 2012 Younger at Monks Kettle in San Francisco (and a couple at Russian River in Santa Rosa).

Appearance: Finally, a DIPA that is actually pale! Not orange, not red. I'd guess 8 srm, almost the same color as the Elder.

Smell: Resinous, pine, cat pee, tangerine, peach. Enormous. The freshest hop aroma I've ever experienced. No malt character detected.

Taste: Echoing the aroma with massive fruitiness and a potent overarching bitterness. Pine lingers in the mouth long after swallowing. A very distinct smoothness similar to Elder, signature Russian River.

Mouthfeel: Chewy & sexy. The use of sugars really helps to keep this drinkable, it never feels bogged down by malt. Keep DIPA's pale!

Believe the hype, DIPA doesn't get any better than this. I think the exclusivity of Younger really helps to promote the importance of FRESHNESS in this style. Even after a short time in bottles, a beer like this will lose some of it's magic. Get it on tap in Santa Rosa.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 16:58:50 | More by mattsander
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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

03-18-2013 22:49:41 | More by theGlasstronaut
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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

04-27-2014 04:10:19 | More by terpinsd
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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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4/5  rDev -14.7%

04-07-2014 20:06:47 | More by Saudereth
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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

06-26-2013 23:09:06 | More by jlisuk
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4.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Uber Tavern in Seattle, WA as my first beer of the night (clean palate!)

A: Golden citrus in color with diamond like clarity. No skimping in the head department, this one yields (similar to Pliny) a huge fluffy off white head. Lots of curtainous "ringed" lacing.

S: Light floral hops, huge citrus nose!

T: Fantastic! Huge citrus blast, some candy like sweetness, floral hops, piney, but not as much as Elder...not nearly as much...which is GREAT. This is really a superbly refined and well balanced DIPA. Hats off you to RR.

M: Smooth, medium bodied beer that just wants to love your mouth.

D: High ABV will limit physical tolerance and overall drinkability, but damn if I don't want to risk it all and try anyway!

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 03:55:50 | More by julian
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4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-14-2011 22:58:25 | More by ezperkins2
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4.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been. Long time since I logged in, wanted to hate it but its worth reviewing. Had it at Marriott SF drank 6 10oz pours trying it for my first time. Absolute pure clarity on that yellow gold with a finger of foam. Smashing citrus and pine in your face almost a bit of resin, literally I cracked a smile. Drying but not cloying at all. With rich citrus and forest maybe apricots and a deep bitterness that was clean no sweetness. One dimensional but pure perfection not a pliny fan but fing amazing for what it is at that abv.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2014 03:23:21 | More by Trilogy31
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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

03-15-2013 14:03:17 | More by Cazlo
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3.99/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Had during SF beer week at Bobby G's in Berkeley CA. Had with a PtE side by side.

A: Pours golden color with great clarity. 1 finger white fluffy head.

S: Mango, pineapple grapefruit, sweetness lingering with hops.

T: Hop forward, very sweet citrus fruit. Hides the alcohol well behind a well balanced malt backbone.

M: Well carbonated medium bodied with a bitter dry sweet finish.

O: A good beer that is no where close to the hype. I waited about an hour for this beer which is on the low end, and honestly I would much rather have a TIPA from Knee Deep over this one. Glad to have it once and say I've had it but for this to top in the top 10 beers is all hype based IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 22:34:02 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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4.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From (brief) notes:
Beautiful copper color with light head receding to solid and persistant lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine. Strong aroma taht you certainly don't have to stick your face into, but want to. Complex.

Tastes like hops up front. Citrus, pine, very resinous and then the backbone kicks in and lays the foundation for a looong and deliciously balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is superb. Lightly sticky, but not detractingly so. Fills the mouth with a silky layer of flavor that stays.

Kills it on drinkability. As drinkable as any regular ipa I've had. Just stupid easy. This really is the magic here. Such a big strong beer and flavor experience but I could drink this waaaay too quickly and easily.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 08:39:01 | More by oregone
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5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-02-2011 18:17:42 | More by SpillyBeers
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4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-04-2012 15:00:55 | More by jackrodgers77
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5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-18-2013 02:57:17 | More by dctriman
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4.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got in line more than an hour early for EBF session one to ensure I got a taste of this behemoth. That turned out to be unnecessary when it lasted more than two hours into the session. I even ended up getting a second sample.

A: Pours a beautiful golden copper color with about a finger of fluffy white head. Some lace sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Wonderful aromas of floral grapefruit and pine meet the nose without even holding the quaff up to it. Closer inspection revealed more of the same, but even stronger. One of the most pleasing DIPAs I've ever sniffed.

T: A decent amount of sweet citrus and pine flavors up front quickly give way to an almost mouth puckering amount of bitter hops. Considering the amount of bitterness this brew produces, I'm impressed by how balanced it is. There is just enough sweetness to prevent the high bitterness from becoming unpleasant. In fact, the overall flavor is downright pleasant. However, I would not say it's THE best DIPA flavor I've ever experienced.

M: A nice medium body and incredibly smooth. I can't believe this is 11% alcohol.

D: An amazing DIPA to be sure. Considering this brew has 11% abv, it's dangerously drinkable. I would probably mistake it for something I could session if I didn't know better. Now, is it worthy of the epithet of "Best beer on earth"? I don't believe so. In fact, I think I enjoy PtE just a little more. I did a side by side comparison of the two at EBF and I truly just like the balance between sweet and bitter in PtE's flavor just a little more. IMHO, PtY is simply PtE with just a touch too many hops added. Regardless of this slight qualm, PtY is definitely an elite brew worthy of being in the same company as the world's best beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 04:58:18 | More by MrDanno96
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3.88/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light hazed golden orange in color with a soft silky white head. The head retention was okay and it had minimal lacing.

S-Some nice fruit and floral hop aroma. Then some nice caramel and vanilla, a touch of pine hops as well. A little hint of copper metallic aromas as well.

T- Soft citrus fruit and sweet caramel initially then some great pine flavors come through. More fruity orange flavors come through the pine with hints of caramel and vanilla, then another burst of dry pine bitterness. The beer finishes sweet and juicy with some lingering dry metallic flavors.

M- Light bodied with a great refreshing juiciness to it. Hops cut through with some nice dry bitterness and balances things out.

Overall I would say this beer is way over hyped. Give me the Elder!

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 05:05:02 | More by br3wmeister
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4.88/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 00:55:07 | More by madvermin
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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

05-02-2013 23:30:43 | More by IPAyForHops
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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver on Tuesday and was very lucky to have gotten the two glasses of it that I did as the first keg was gone after about 10 minutes, and the second very shortly thereafter.

Poured a great golden amber almost honey color with about three fingers of off-white head that lasted quite some time and laced very well as it went down the glass. Aroma was a strong citrus grapefruit smell with little alcohol present on the nose given the ABV. Taste is similar to the smell as the citrus grapefruit flavors are very prevalent, with some sweetness as well. Feel is smooth and slightly syrupy with a slight tickle of carbonation on the tongue. Overall the beer was great, and if more had been available could have been dangerous given the alcohol content combined with the enjoyability of this beverage.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 04:28:56 | More by jacobseyb
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5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-29-2013 22:16:07 | More by JesseLara
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5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-21-2013 03:58:50 | More by CosmoHopHead
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
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