Pliny The Younger
Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2
Ranked #15
4.69 | pDev: 7.25%
Saturday at 09:11 PM
Jan 27, 2005
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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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I had this beer on-tap in a tulip glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue with just the tiniest wisp of haze and practically no head.

Smell: a light, sweet, almost tropical fruitiness with some piney hop character atop a pretty pronounced malt aroma. Nice.

Taste: richly malty and a bit sweet, but with lots of bitterness backing it up. There’s a little fruity character here, I’m thinking from fermentation, along with some piney/grassy notes from the hops. It’s interesting — a rich flavorful beer, but neither as cloying nor as harsh as TIPAs often are. Worth the hype? Maybe. But certainly a good beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I like this beer a lot, and I bet if I’d tried it 15 years ago it would have blown my mind (and my palate). In today’s IPA climate, competition is tough and we as consumers are spoiled. That said, this remains a really tasty beer.
Saturday at 09:11 PM
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Reviewed by Hayesbro from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Not sure what else needs to be said about this beer, it's pretty close to perfection for the style. A little on the light side, piney and bitter with a touch of sweetness. Intense flavors and very very smooth.
Feb 23, 2024
Rated: 4.6 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Feb 22, 2024
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Reviewed by NeilSilber1 from California

5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours golden yellow with slight white lacing crown on special edition (once a year) draught at Malibu Wine & Beer. Notes of honey and crisp perfect hops, slightly sweet with a perfect hop punch. This limited batch hard to get pour drinks like a single IPA but checked in at hefty 10.25% ABV putting it into triple IPA category. CHEERS to Russian River and the perfect IPA.
Feb 21, 2024
Rated: 4.41 by VashonGuy from Washington

Feb 20, 2024
Rated: 4.5 by dbauer from California

Feb 18, 2024
Rated: 4.84 by Casey10 from Maine

Feb 18, 2024
Rated: 4.36 by lsudduth from Ohio

Feb 18, 2024
Rated: 4.59 by mush from Illinois

Feb 17, 2024
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

Feb 16, 2024
Rated: 5 by paulpratt from California

Sep 24, 2023
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Reviewed by TheIPAHunter from California

4.71/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Intense gummy bear nose. Taste is soft stone fruit, green pear, grapefruit rind, and an absolute blast of pine resin. Prickly mouthfeel. Dry, bitter finish. Phenomenal.
Sep 19, 2023
Rated: 4.67 by mcbridec6 from New Jersey

Jul 27, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by Virby44 from Wisconsin

Jun 02, 2023
Rated: 4.71 by mando31 from Illinois

May 21, 2023
Rated: 5 by hopley from Massachusetts

May 16, 2023
Rated: 4.74 by KCBeerNerd from Missouri

May 16, 2023
Rated: 4.46 by tripelhops from Missouri

May 16, 2023
Rated: 4.79 by rarapacz from Minnesota

Apr 30, 2023
Rated: 4.81 by ilikebeer03 from Texas

Apr 28, 2023
Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 3559 ratings