Pliny The Younger
Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2
Ranked #12
4.69 | pDev: 7.25%
Saturday at 07:09 PM
Jan 27, 2005
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Notes: 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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Ratings by ewwiccc:
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Rated by ewwiccc from California

5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

May 18, 2016
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Rated: 4.94 by rpmello81 from California

Saturday at 07:09 PM
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Reviewed by RanchMisfit from Colorado

4.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Good god man! Holy shit this is a really good beer. Having been blessed with national travel for work and fly fishing trips - and the expendable budget to have had the opportunity to try many of the top beers on beer advocate and those celebrated by fellow beer lovers. I’ve had many many IPAs from Vermont to Colorado and New York to California - but my brother and his gang of beer connoisseurs demanded that I join them in Boulder Colorado for the tapping of a 2023 Pliny the Younger at the annual celebration at Backcountry Pizza & Taphouse… and I couldn’t be more delighted that they did - might be best beer that have ever crossed this unrefined pallet. Perfect all around and holy shit drinkable …
Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by Budlum from Maryland

Mar 03, 2023
Rated: 4.93 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Mar 01, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Feb 28, 2023
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Rated by J_Brew_99 from Colorado

4.81/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Outstanding IPA! Definitely among the best. Piney in character, hoppy, and a nice finish. This beer is dangerously drinkable! It’s worth the hype
Feb 26, 2023
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Reviewed by bishopdc0 from Maine

4.48/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Dangerously drinkable, bigger version of elder but in many ways easier to drink.

My rating isnt goi gnro sway you to get this but if available obviously you should.

On tap at Novare Res, portland maine
Feb 25, 2023
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Rated by DanSails from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Had at Novare Res
Feb 25, 2023
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
The first thing that stands out is how ordinary this looks. It's a bright light amber color with a modest white head. Served in a clear half pint glass from a tap in Philadelphia, at first glance, one would wonder about all the fuss. The aroma is mildly piney, again there's no reason to get too excited. Then, to taste it and realize what all the acclaim is about. It is dry hop dominate, but there is a substantial malt backbone. It manages to provide a nice malt counterbalance without becoming too sweet, nor earthy. The substantial hop bite is piney, but dry and incredibly clean. There's little lacing inside the glass and there's even less notice of the 10.25% ABV. This deserves its reputation as among the best.
Feb 25, 2023
Rated: 5 by crewfan1952 from Ohio

Feb 23, 2023
Rated: 4.59 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Feb 21, 2023
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Reviewed by cdinardo21 from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2023 version on tap at Monk's. Great clean golden color. Very mild for a triple, no booziness with mild and pleasant tropical fruits; yields into a piney and floral taste with little to no bitterness. I actually prefer my westies a little more bitter, but this beer does indeed work fantastically. Overall, a great beer and glad I finally got to taste it. It lives up to the hype if you're a person that still likes these kinds of IPAs (I very much do).
Feb 21, 2023
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Feb 19, 2023
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Reviewed by JesseJames81 from California

4.8/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Appearance: Pours a brilliant rich golden color, with a soft white foam head.

Aroma: Sweet earthy piney notes, mild and pleasant tropical fruits and pine resin. Rich Bready malts.

Taste: citrus and tropical fruit, makes way for a balance of pine, herbal, and floral hops. Slightly boozie toward the end. Some sweetness balanced with a good, strong bitter finish gives it best of both worlds.

Overall opinion: this is an amazing beer. It lives up to the hype. Very hoppy, but it isn't all up in your face about it. It's like a smooth sailing Hoppy adventure on your pallet. Both the aroma and the taste has some incredible complexity. I give it 5 out of 5. Hands down one of the best IPA experiences I've had.
Feb 17, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Stengelfoot from California

Feb 16, 2023
Rated: 4.41 by aanth from District of Columbia

Feb 11, 2023
Rated: 4.48 by EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona

Jan 25, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by RamonaBeer from California

Jan 03, 2023
Rated: 4.71 by LA2ED7

Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 5 by BeerRunner from Texas

Nov 23, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by Mr_Beer_Belly from Illinois

Oct 21, 2022
Rated: 4.55 by JimKochFan from New Jersey

Sep 26, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by brandoneast from Texas

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Aug 06, 2022
Rated: 4.97 by COBrew

Jul 21, 2022
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Rated by TheWaySheGoes from Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Extremely dry and extremely worth it. Outstanding in its own way, just like how Heady Topper is unique in it's own way.
Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by beefbucket from Missouri

Jul 13, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by Chuckg93 from Oregon

Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4.79 by mvansis

Jun 02, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Jun 02, 2022
Rated: 5 by Buannaich from Colorado

May 26, 2022
Rated: 4.8 by SauceMcSauce from Pennsylvania

May 19, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky

May 18, 2022
Rated: 4.89 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

May 06, 2022
Rated: 4.74 by Affinity from Missouri

Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

Apr 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.61/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a slight dark gold with a light frost to the transparency. Head is a couple fingers of plush white foam.

Aroma is a pleasant quick hit of tropical fruits, citrus, and mild resin and grass. It melds together sugary hop notes seamlessly with sticky hops for a dramatic, dynamic, quick-hitting aroma. Light bready malts adorn the back of the aroma profile, but are faint in comparison to the hops. Hops are never loud, instead, they land at a mild volume of "six" on a scale of 1-10, ten being the highest. Instead of using volume, hops are overlapped to create complexity.

Flavor profile is light tropical fruits and citrus at the onset, sharing the spotlight with resiny, grassy, piney, and mild herbal and floral hops, before dipping back into tropical fruits at the finish. Pine notes build in intensity as the beer warms, but it refrains from crossing into overly sticky or heavy. It's never overtly sweet, nor does it carry a bitter bite at the end, as do some west coast IPAs. Instead, the end is marked by a light dryness that marks an end to hops. That dryness is accompanied by bready malts.

Mouth feel is medium-thick with a consistent, crisp texture driven by a mild effervescence. It's just thick enough to drink more like an experience, and less like a parking lot, tailgating IPA - though I would never turn down a pour / bottle of this in the latter situation.

Overall, this beer embodies wonderful balance, along with thoughtful nuance, to create a dreamy smooth IPA. Hops are pleasant, plump, and forward, without carrying the pedal-to-the-metal force of some other IPAs. This one is marked and adorned by simplicity and nuance.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 500mL bottle.
Apr 17, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Apr 16, 2022
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