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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's and Monk's Cafe. Served in a mini snifter and a wine glass respectively.

Pliny the Younger pours a crystal clear orange, with just a dusting of white foam crowning the beer before it fades away into nothing. The nose reeks of mango, pineapple, and grapefruits. Each time I lean in close to the glass a different fruit comes across as dominant, and each time the aroma feels like it falls in a subtly different spot on a spectrum between citrus and tropical fruit. The flavor profile leads off with a touch of bready malts. The bitterness that rolls through next is definitely big, but it's very much smooth and refined, rather than raw and assertive. The hoppy finish perfectly translates all those fruits from the nose. It's amazing how potent and... juicy, for lack of a better word, the hop flavors are. The body is absurdly light and lean for any 11% beer, and married to carbonation that is exquisite in it's activity and the life it brings to the hop profile. The magic of Pliny the Younger is it has all the hops you'd expect from an 11% hop bomb, but body and alcohol wise drinks like it's closer to 7%. I don't know how Vinnie and co. manage to pull this off, but it's worth making the pilgrimage to Philly to grab a glass or two.

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This beer tasted amazing. It had a very orange/golden tinge to the appearance and was very much hop driven. If you enjoy strong hop beers and like the taste of citrus fruits, I would highly recommend this to you. I have tasted a similar beer from Russian River - Pliny the Elder. The Elder is much more drinkable than this beer. The Younger is very alcoholic and not a beer for every day casual drinking. If you are looking for high quality Imperial IPA - try locating this beer...if you can.

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