Pliny The Younger | Russian River Brewing Company

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Pliny The YoungerPliny The Younger

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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

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

What to say? This is the best beer I've ever tasted - and boy, have I tasted a few good ones.
The aroma was superb - I would have never thought that a beer could smell that good. The whole experience of the beer was simply ecstatic. Brewing on grapefruit and oranges is original and brilliant!

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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

Had to get to Toronado at 11:30 AM to try this beast.

The color is gold/straw with a long lasting, thick, white head. Unexpected for such a heavy brew. The lacing is super thick and dries onto the glass.

Pale malts are quickly overwhelmed by citrus, pine resin and beautiful floral hops. Only a hint of booze in the smell.

The taste starts with citrus and pine, lots of floral and grassy hops follow. Pale malts barely show up, alcohol is always present, but not overwhelming. Goes down too easy for having such a high alcohol content.

This is easily a hopheads wet dream. I can't say that I like it more than the Elder, but it certainly equals it while still bringing something new to the table! Find it, try it!

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4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had on draft at RRBC last Friday. Served on-draft and into a 10oz Nonic tumbler.

A- Light golden, but not quite straw colored, and commercial clear, which surprised me for the amount of hops used. (no hop haze) Very impressed with the clarity.

SM- So much going on on the nose. Tons of citrus fruit; lemon, and grapefruit mostly, followed by a resin and piney finish. Little to no malt character is picked up in the aroma.

T- Very good balance between the malts and hops, but the malt flavors are the first to come through. Very light sweet, followed by a long linger of hop flavor and bitterness on the back end of things. Definitely get tons of Centennial and Simcoe in there.

MF- Smooth, crisp and clean. As usual with Vinnie's IPA's...

OA- Was really hoping it would not be a let down, especially after a 2.5 hour drive and then 3.5 hours in line, and it was not. Very clean and refreshing mouthfeel, tons of hop bouquet on the nose with mixes of citrus and pine, and a great malt presence that hides the alcohol and balnces the bitter backbone very well. A must try!

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4.8/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent flavor. On tap at First Street Alehouse in Livermore. One 10oz glass. Reminds of Elder but more citrus (orange vs Elder's grapefruit.) Sweeter than Elder, with more fruit flavor. A very likable brew, the favors are intense. A bit much on the carbonation.

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

Very hoppy and bitter brew! My first thoughts were Sierra Nevada Hoptimum meets Pliny the Elder. It's great to do the side by side comparison of the Elder and the Younger if you can.

Waited in line on a weekday and was worth the experience for sure. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has never had it at least once. A true triple for sure....

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

Yeah buddy! Raul did it! Out of tha tap straight from ma's teet! - Russian River, itself.

Totally different from the Elder. That pop, that boom boom, that thing that make you wanna scream and say, "Yeah!" Not there. Smooth. All kinds of smooth. Raul on prom night smooth. Tasty like a Bar Rafaeli yoga session, but missing that lil crispness at tha end.

Raul like it, but he prefer the Elder.


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

EDIT 2/10/13: Just as good as before.

Saved my first beer review for Pliny the Younger! I'm actually sitting in the brewery right now.

A: Nice golden yellow. A little bit of orange. Very clear.

S: Citrus, Pine and definitely hops.

T: Extremely drinkable.... Dangerously drinkable. The alcohol is definitely hidden. You can taste the hops and citrus. Definitely hoppy. Did I mention extraordinarily drinkable?

M: Full bodied. Very smooth.

O: Extroardinary! First time having the Younger and I'm impressed.

EDIT: Here's a photo!

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

Pliny the Younger is an incredible beer. I waited in line for 4 hours to taste the Younger. The place was a madhouse.

The Younger was served in 10 oz. glasses so you really could not get the deep smell if it was in a bigger glass. I tasted it and the 4 hours melted away in my memory. After drinking 1/2 the glass I could finally smell the wonderful aromatic smell of the 10.8% brew.

I wanted to put this brew in perspective of my Russian River favorites. So I ordered a taste of Row 2 Hill 56, Blind Pig, and Pliny the Elder. This test gives you a perspective of how great this beer is. The others are still great but the Younger is a notch above.

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

On tap at Russian River Pliny opening day (5 1/2 hr wait, yes FIVE Hrs and 30 min wait) reviewed from notes on February 1st 2013

A - Pale orange in color with little to no head. The color at the moment looked like gold, It seemed like they served the beers from the suitcase in Pulp Fiction.

S - Pine needles with citrus.

T - Pines and citrus fruit flavors.

M - Piney resin but smooth mouth feel. Too smooth, abv seemed hidden cause after taking three in, head change was evident.

O - I wanted to join beer advocate a while back, but told myself i wouldn't until having the pleasure of drinking Pliny The Younger. One of the best Double Imperial IPAS. By the second drink, I forgot about the wait in line not sure it completely makes up for the 5 hr wait but definitely worth the the time i invested that day. The drive, the wait, the adventure was truly a day i wont forget. Although next year Ill go on day 5 or 6 lol.

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4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10 ounce glasses at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 5 February 2013. Released 1 February 2013.

A: Golden and clear, with some effervescence and very little head.

S: Resiny fresh hops (like the Elder) but with a fantastic underscent of tropical fruit (mango! papaya! pineapple! orange!).

T: Mmm. It's good, great even, but I can think of a handful of tastier DIPAs. Pliny the Younger is strong and commanding, filling the mouth. It's bitter and loaded with not only pine but grapefruit peel and orange juice. The malt base is dry and biscuity (again like the Elder). The main drawback of this otherwise delicious beer is the aftertaste -- it's bitter, yes, but with an obnoxious alcoholic tinge (almost like rubbing alcohol) or a tap line that has been poorly cleaned.

M: Full and delicious. No complaints here.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, but it is almost certainly overrated. That said, it grows on me, and after three or four glasses I feel like I *get* it. It's a perfected Pliny the Elder -- the same dry malt base, same pineyness, but wayyy more fruit (yay) and more alcohol (meh). It pairs wonderfully with pizza and spicy food, and, if you can ignore the dubious aftertaste, it's VERY good. Recommended.

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