Pliny The Younger | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Azurescens
4.68/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Photo of mattsander
4.8/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +3.9%
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 +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -14.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip from the falling rock taphouse

A: Typical AIPA Pale coloring. nice foamy and sticky head
S: strong smell of hops complex layering
T: DANG lots of layers of amazing fresh hops. Lived up to the hype
M: Delicious sticky mouth feel
O: IF you can get it....get it fantastic beer

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dfernandez77
4.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant chrysanthemum yellow. Crystal clear. Medium white fine head that dissipated quickly.

It was served cold. First aroma was sweet - not malty sweet, cleanly floral sweet - with crisp herbal notes. A 12 oz pour allowed time to warm slightly, aroma and flavor opened up. Hints of desert sage and green peppercorn, clean tangerine sorbet like aroma in the backbone, and a echo of juniper.

Malt is very clean and crisp, the residual sweetness is more like blonde candi syrup than malts. Hardly any yeast esters, no fruitiness unlike typical ale yeast. The bittering is low, but the hop presence is huge - clean, bright, peppery, and crisply herbal. Alcohol presence is remarkably clean, more like a good gin than the boozy or hot character in most big DIPAs.

Medium body, slightly dry. Finish is very long, hoppy, and carries the crispness of hop oils.

Overall Impression:
I see many pours of PTY are about 5 ounces - and I don't think that's enough to get the full impression. At first I was a little underwhelmed. But after about 4 sips and 1/3 through the glass it really picked up. When it warmed just slightly and opened up it really started to shine. As it warmed and opened it remained clean, crisp, and invigorating across the board. The alcohol was not boozy or hot, but clean almost like a white spirit. The malt was clean and very slightly sweet, balancing the hugely floral and herbal hops very well. Altogether, fantastic.

A 4 hour wait in line for one pour is a bit of a buzzkill, yet I'm glad I did it. However, I don't think I'll do it again. It's worth doing at least once.

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.47/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted up at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquid and Solids in Longmont, CO. A: Medium to dark copper colored, lacy spotting on the surface of the beer and sides of the glass, very clear - 4.50, S: Wonderfully fragrant, intense aromas of peach and pineapple, a thick and syrupy sweetness overwhelms the nose, possibly one of the finest smelling beers I've ever encountered - 5.00, T: Strong grapefruit and bitter pine assault the palate, a medium sweetness as well as some mild tropical fruits in the background, slight alcohol burn - 4.50, M: Medium mouthfeel, slight effervescence perceivable on the tongue - 4.00, D: Very drinkable for a 10.75% beer, sharper bitterness on the palate than the nose lets on, all around an excellent beer - 4.00

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
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