Pliny The Younger | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.25%

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.

Added by xlperro on 01-27-2005

BEER STATS
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#7
Reviews:
968
Ratings:
3,191
pDev:
7.45%
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4/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.83/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The hand of god has came down to a certain individual and said make this and you will win. Nothing more to say than this is godsend. 4.75 on the nose cause nothing is perfect.

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Photo of Rristow
4.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from draft. Checking off a whale. Pours a partially cloudy gold. Aroma is piney, medicinal, floral. Moderate to heavily bitter. Flavors of pine, resin, citrus, herbal and earthy. Complex and goes down super smooth. Awesome imperial ipa.

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4.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.66/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.12/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +6.4%
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4.71/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +6.4%
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4.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer, elder is better. Smooth all the way. Notes of pine and flowers (sorry not sure what kind). Taste is great along the way, needs to be served cold because the hops tend to get a little dull with warmth

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

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4.27/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Tried it on tap at Haven Gastropub in Orange, CA. Crystal clear gold with a slight head. Good carbonation. Taste was very hop forward with notes of citrus and pine, followed with a light malty sweetness, and ending in a boozey bite. The alcohol content definitely shines through. Overall a very good triple IPA, but I feel that the alcohol holds it back. What makes Pliny the Elder so good is the balance of flavors, which is lost in the Younger. Worth a try for sure, but if you can get either the Elder or Blind Pig regularly, you are not missing much if you don't.

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4.17/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.87/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.7 out of 5 with 3,191 ratings