Pliny The Younger | Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The YoungerPliny The Younger
3,094 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

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4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bfields4
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at falling rock.

Pours a clear golden body. Good head that gives a nice lace to the brew.

Very piny in the aroma. A bit larger sweet grapefruit than with the elder, but not much. Slight biscuity malt.

Resiny pine flavor very prevalent. A touch of spiceyness and sweetness from the malt help finish off this well rounded beer. The grapefruit is a little more pungent in this version than the elder.

A good beer nice smooth easy drinker for alcohol and flavor profile. I don't know if i'd be able to pick this one apart from the Elder though had side by side.

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of cwguy5
4.43/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed at the mecca, RRB. reviewed from notes taken on 2.9.12. poured into a half-pint glass. thanks to all the bar staff for a great experience!

A - perfectly clear golden color with a very thin white head that was really more of a ring; it did leave some lacing as a i milked it

S - soft tropical(pineapple, honeysuckle) turns fresh cut pine tree

T - follows nose - pineapple, peach, grapefruit yields to a strong pine resin; long dry, bitter finish

M - medium body; light, active carbonation gives some crispness; the hop resin leaves a strong but pleasant bitter coat in your mouth that is a complete palette jackhammer

O - as i sipped this i had mixed emotions. on one hand i was not blown away. admittedly this is not my favorite style. i thought it was just a little too much(in all ways). on the other hand i think it was a perfect execution of what they wanted when they wrote the recipe and i don't see any flaws. if you like the over-the-top hoppy bitterness then this could be the holy grail for you. i feel lucky to have gotten to try it. hopefully i will have another chance again one day.

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Served a clear golden color with a thin finger of frothy white head. Faded fairly quickly leaving some good lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - The aroma is full of big grapefruit and other tropical fruit and citrus hops. There is some pine hop as well as some sweet malts and just a hint of booze.

T - The beer hits the tongue with a really big citrus and tropical hop kick with lots of grapefruit flavor with a continuously growing bitterness and just enough caramel malt to balance. Through the middle more bitterness comes through with some pineapple flavor and a touch of pine hop. The finish add even more hop flavor and bitterness with lots of citrus and tropical hop flavor alongside just a hint of booze coming through.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a really dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big and bold but incredibly drinkable. The hop flavor is extremely strong, but there is enough body in there to hold it well.

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

On tap at Russian River on February 5, 2011. Pours a golden amber with a small white head leaving a ridiculous amount of lacing on the glass for the alcohol content. Aroma is ridiculous with resinous pine hops, loads of floral hops, and hints of pineapple and grapefruit. Barely any malt coming through in the aroma. Initial taste is huge pine hops going into some more floral hops with just enough malt to balance it. A bit of grapefruit comes through as well. Great bitterness on the finish, but not too much. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Amazingly not overly sweet or syrupy for a beer of its size like many DIPAs. Amazingly drinkable as well. Barely a trace of the 11%. This could very easily put you on the floor very quickly. Just an amazingly good beer. Worthy of all the hype it gets. 5/5/4.5/4.5/5

On tap at Bobby G's. 2012 edition. Pours a clear golden with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big pine, grapefruit, dank, hints of pineapple, orange, and some light caramel. Smells quite bitter. The initial taste is bitter with pine and grapefruit. Quite dank and sticky. There is also orange and pineapple. Just enough caramel malt to give some balance to the huge amounts of hops. The finish is very bitter and dry with just a bit of alcohol. Medium body. Dry. Medium carbonation. Just an amazing beer. There is no other double or triple IPA this big that still manages to be dry. 4.5/4.5/4.5/5/4.5

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4.58/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the salted pig for this pour!

Served in a 5oz tulip

Pours a picturesque golden color with a creamy head. Very slight lacing down the bottle

Hoppy, earthy, some pine and light citrus and sweet fruit flavor
, maybe apricot

Taste like heaven. Visions of pliny the elder, more balanced. Hops are there but not overpowering on pmy alate. Smooth like drinking silk.

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4.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter at bottleworks 2/22/12

A: Pours a gorgeous crystal clear golden color with thin white head.

S: Huge hop aroma packed with lots of citrus and some pine. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

T: Follows the nose with tons of citrus and pine. Plenty of hop bitterness up front that is incredibly balanced with some malty sweetness. Some alcohol but it is very well integrated for an 11% ABV beer.

M: Crisp and clean, body is on the lighter side of medium. Moderate carbonation, finishes quite dry for an 11% beer.

O: Amazing DIPA, definitely among the best in its style. Drinkability is fantastic, if I wasn't enjoying this on my lunch break I would have definitely had another glass. Amazing beer? Definitely! Best beer in the world? Not in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Bottleworks into a snifter - for the second year in a row, I just happen to walk into the shop just as they're pouring this sought-after rarity. Lightning does indeed strike twice in the same place.

Pours a clear glowing golden orange with a white head, some sticky lacing.

Aroma is dank and sticky resinous pine and citrus. Smells much like the Elder, only more intense and concentrated. Really does smell like what I imagine hop extract might smell like.

Taste follows nose: sticky chewy hop resin, pine & grapefruit rind mostly. Clean pale malt and almost no taste of alcohol in this 12% beast. Medium-bodied, balanced mouthfeel.

Overall, like the Elder, this is a well-balanced DIPA especially considering its 12% ABV. Perhaps a little more sharply bitter and tongue-scouring than I prefer, but still very enjoyable, and the boozy heat makes its presence known soon enough.

And at the end of the day that might be what sets this unique beer apart - it masks its alcohol so completely. Here we have an IPA that tastes like an IPA, with an ABV of a barleywine or strong ale. No small brewing achievement I'm sure.

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4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mattsander
4.8/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed 3 tulips of the 2012 Younger at Monks Kettle in San Francisco (and a couple at Russian River in Santa Rosa).

Appearance: Finally, a DIPA that is actually pale! Not orange, not red. I'd guess 8 srm, almost the same color as the Elder.

Smell: Resinous, pine, cat pee, tangerine, peach. Enormous. The freshest hop aroma I've ever experienced. No malt character detected.

Taste: Echoing the aroma with massive fruitiness and a potent overarching bitterness. Pine lingers in the mouth long after swallowing. A very distinct smoothness similar to Elder, signature Russian River.

Mouthfeel: Chewy & sexy. The use of sugars really helps to keep this drinkable, it never feels bogged down by malt. Keep DIPA's pale!

Believe the hype, DIPA doesn't get any better than this. I think the exclusivity of Younger really helps to promote the importance of FRESHNESS in this style. Even after a short time in bottles, a beer like this will lose some of it's magic. Get it on tap in Santa Rosa.

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4.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a draft into what appeared to be about a 10-oz. skinny glass at San Diego Brewing Co. in San Diego, Calif., on Feb. 14. Not sure the name of it. Color was honey caramel with a nice gray lacing that stayed for about five minutes. Just a tad bit of film on the sides, which was a bit surprising.

Just a fantastic balance of hops on the initial smell. Smelled citrus pine hops and sweet floral notes as well. Also some grapefruit.

Tasted even better than the nose. Obviously citrus hops, but so damn smooth and balanced. Like the nose, the balance was citrus pine hops and sweet floral notes. For how strong it was, the alcohol never came through like so.

Medium body. Not sure the texture, but definitely good. Average carbonation. Long smooth finish.

This beer lived up to the hype as hard as it was to do that. The biggest surprise was how easy it went down. Unbelievable.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.7 out of 5 with 3,094 ratings
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