Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Pliny The Younger | Russian River Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Pliny The YoungerPliny The Younger
3,101 Ratings
Pliny The YoungerPliny The Younger

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,101 |  Reviews: 947
Photo of laurastradford
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JasonFromLA
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of henskejk
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Slipmthgoose
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of wesclaypool
4.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After missing my chance at this brew last year and the year before, I finally committed to making a trip to the source. I waited in line exactly seven hours to get in.

A - A golden, yellow color that looks exactly how a great IPA should.

S - Not quite as aromatic or strong as I imagined it would be, considering how Pliny the Elder really has a powerful aroma. Still, you get a strong sense of piney hops and citrus.

T - I don't think a beer this strong could taste any better or go down any smoother. No surprise that this brew is an absolute hop bomb, so if that's not your thing, I wouldn't....well no, even if you don't like hoppy brews, you should still try this one. By the time I got to my third glass, however, the taste of the alcohol began to get stronger and a bit overpowering, so take your time and enjoy the first few you have.

M - Not so thick that you can't drink them quickly, but not so thin that you can pound them down without savoring them.

As I was drinking, I began to wonder if I could be even critical of any beer that I waited in line seven hours for, as it might be too depressing. But no, this beer is deserving of the hype. If you have a day to kill, get there early and bring a book, you don't want to go your whole life without trying this beer.

 1,282 characters

Photo of WifeofKegatron
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Adamostella
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First day on tap. Got in line at 8.30 and finally got in a little before noon. The place was absolutely mobbed with people so these notes from my phone are a bit squabbled. Needless to say, expectations are through the roof

Pours a deep dark gold with a half finger of foam. Mild carbonation, low retention, nice sticky lacing. Would have liked to had the foam stick around a bit longer, but given the abv whatevs. The smell was dominated by strong grapefruit and other citrus and floral tones, strong over powering hops, and a mild sweet caramel malt. Taste follows the nose perfectly here, with a big citrus and hop flavor with a good sweet malty finish. Alcohol is completely masked, everything balances quite well. Feel is dry and sticky, not as bitter as I anticipated but went down incredibly easy.

Overall this beer is one of the best I've had. It packs one of the hardest punches an ipa can throw and should have notoriety among triple ipas. That said, it was more or less an amped up version of Pliny the Elder, and hyped up a little higher than it should be. I might check it out again sometime in the next couple years, but not wait ~4 hours for again

 1,164 characters

Photo of Trio2shine
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

After 3000 miles traveled. After 4 hours waiting in line. I finally try The Younger.

A-Pours vibrant and rather clear. Thin, creamy head leaves wavy stains of lacing. I detect the lightest essence of haze in the body. Its color is a divinely illuminated shade of sunset orange. I am shocked by its clarity.

S-The wettest, ripest, juiciest and most concentrated display of hops I have ever experienced. Pine and a fist-full of grass ripped from the lawn. Then there is a cornucopia of topical fruit. Hop perfume, hop nectar, hop extract. I can smell it from a foot away.

T-The intensity and complexity of the flavors is like nothing I have ever experienced. It got better and better as it warmed. At its perfect temperature, the flavors I experienced were stunning. Peach, mango, cantaloupe, tangerine, nectarine, guava and pineapple. A liquefied sweet-dough malt embraces the hops but is absolutely overpowered. The flavors couldn't have been richer.

M-I have never had a beer with such a long aftertaste. I could literally taste it several minutes after a sip. I could taste it an hour after my final sip as well. Incredibly juicy and resinous. Like chewing on a hop. Drinks with far too much ease.

O/D-Worth the countrywide trip. Never have I experienced a beer with such a combination of power and finesse. The Jim Brown of beer. I am quite sure no beer can ever surpass this. Every beer I try after this can only hope to find a place on the same tier as Pliny The Younger...

 1,483 characters

Photo of penniwisdom
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DRisel
3.75/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of dman5400
4/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

You had this beer. Write a review.

Photo of grrrah
4.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at brewery, February 2012

A: Clear golden. Not much head as the pour was pretty much to top of glass.
S: Lots of tropical fruits and pines
T: Perfect, big hops, fruity, and perfect balance. Does not taste like a triple IPA
M: almost perfect. A little resiny in the mouth, but not nearly as much as one would expect from a 10+% IPA.
O: Still the best IPA I have ever had.

 378 characters

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.25/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mrbubbler
4.25/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kevwcamp
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of robertrunner
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bbpro47
4.25/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of emceecue
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MordorMongo
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sirsteve42
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.7 out of 5 with 3,101 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.