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
Ranking:
#7
Reviews:
966
Ratings:
3,186
pDev:
7.45%
Bros Score:
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Photo of mltobin
4.69/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of First
4.74/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Daver32nh
4.18/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sevinup07
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Tap House- Logan Square in Philadelphia, PA.

This one pours a nearly 100% clear golden yellow, with a small foamy white head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like orange and grapefruit zest, slightly sweet malt, pine resin, floral hops, and vague citrus.

A lot of people expect this beer to knock their socks off and change their life. It doesn't seem like this beer actually does that. Nonetheless, it's very tasty. It finishes really surprisingly dry, with a clean and fresh bitterness on the finish that invokes pine, flowers, and grass. There's a hint of fruity grapefruit and orange flavor, but nobody would really classify this as "juicy." There's definitely some supporting malt character- it needs it to back down the booziness. It's really honestly amazing how well this Triple IPA hides the booziness- you can barely tell it's there. I would have guess this was about an 8% DIPA.

This is medium bodied, crisp and really surprisingly clean, with a high level of drinkability and a normal level of carbonation.

I've had better Triple IPAs. I've had better West Coast IPAs. I've had better West Coast Triple IPAs. However, this is still a really well done beer, and it achieves balance in a style where balance is essentially impossible.

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Photo of craftbrewjitsu
4.99/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Wiffler27
4.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ccozzi
4.41/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Dingmaul
4.27/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djcira
4.84/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ljjpowers
4.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Afeo
4.78/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RideAT
3.93/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4.62/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of packerj
4.55/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zbelair
4.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

A-Pours a nice clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has fruity and pine hints
T-The taste follows the nose with fruity and pine flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A great beer!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.49/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SD Taproom during their 11th anniversary celebration on 02/24/18.
Lots of tropical aromas that lead to a pleasant mixture of tropical, floral and pine hop flavors. I've waited quite a while to try this & was not disappointed.

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

Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of addicted2thebarrel
4.88/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Knobs303
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of karlw
4.38/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was a golden yellow, smell was citrusy with a bit of piney-ness and taste was smooth. It lacks the typical bitterness that comes as a smack to the face with triple IPAs. All-in-all, it was delicious. I liked smelling it as much as I liked tasting it.

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Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.7 out of 5 with 3,186 ratings