Pliny The Younger | Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The YoungerPliny The Younger
BA SCORE
98.6%
Liked This Beer
4.7 w/ 3,091 ratings
Pliny The YoungerPliny The Younger
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8
Reviews:
946
Ratings:
3,091
Liked:
3,048
Avg:
4.7/5
pDev:
7.45%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6,512
Gots:
510
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 3,091 |  Reviews: 946
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2/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of trafficassassin
2.23/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Moomba68
2.3/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Tphelan9
2.55/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Doajaq77
2.56/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan, just never was a right combination of hops for me. Rather have a IPA from Laginitas, RIIP, or Trillium

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2.6/5  rDev -44.7%

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2.89/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -36.2%

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3/5  rDev -36.2%

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3/5  rDev -36.2%

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3/5  rDev -36.2%

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3/5  rDev -36.2%

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3/5  rDev -36.2%

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3/5  rDev -36.2%

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3/5  rDev -36.2%

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3.2/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -30.9%

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3.3/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Apex in Portland. Was surprised to find it a very average imperial IPA.

A - Poured a very pale clear gold with no head and lots of bubbles.

S - Citrus and pine

T - I did not find this beer to be nearly as hoppy as I was hoping it would be. It was a pleasant taste, definitely nothing to complain about, but nothing stood out as special about this beer. A standard piney bitterness but very little residual hop flavor.

M - Very nice, almost champagne-like mouthfeel.

O - I am glad to that I got to try it, but I would not make any effort to have it again. It is by no means a bad beer, but I don't think I would have thought twice about it if I had not heard so much about it prior to drinking this. It's true that this beer "doesn't taste like it is 11%", but in my book that is not necessarily good. I found it to be lacking in both malt and hops flavor.

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3.36/5  rDev -28.5%

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3.44/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to a hot tip, I got to enjoy a couple of the first glasses poured at the Horse Brass Pub. Served in a small nonic glass.

Pours bright and light golden orange with an almost pure white head. The head is ~3/4 of a finger, and with some gentle swirling lingers pretty well considering the ABV. A little bit of lacing is teased, but drips back in.

Loads of pine and grapefruit aromas, plenty of sweeter tangerine, peach(?) and floral notes, with quite a bit of alcohol weaving through it all. I can only imagine how great this would smell in a big snifter. Served in a nonic glass is no way to show it off, though. Really had to dig in there to enjoy the bouquet, literally getting my nose wet a couple of times.

There's not much of the sweet fruitiness I was excpecting based on the smell, but there's a ton of pine and grapefruit. The balancing sweetness tastes not of caramel or even light malt, but rather like simple syrup. Odd- it doesn't complement the bitterness very well. As it warms, the alcohol becomes increasingly pronounced and distracting. Pronounced alcohol burn as it warms up. Booziness aside, it's not as big and aggressive as I expected (I definitely prefer the Elder).

Mouthfeel is decent. There's a slick/oily quality that, in combo with gentle carbonation, smooths out the substantial ABV. However, it doesn't disguise a distracting sugary stickiness left on the palate in the finish (sticky hops= good, sticky sugar= bad). Not nearly as raw and angry as expected from a beer with this much hops.

Drinkability is OK, but not great for me based on the sugary stickiness, weird sweetness(tasted at times like straight simple syrup instead of light malt) and, to a lesser degree, the alcohol burn.

Overall impression: Glad I got a chance to give it a try without promising my firstborn for a growler trade. Intense and pretty enjoyable, but doesn't live up to mystique (and isn't even the best DIPA from Russian River).

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3.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm a IPA guy, but my taste buds are over-loaded from the alcohol on the triple IPA's.

PTY was a rather surprising taste for me, I found it to have a subtle alcohol effect with a sweet taste overall. Texture was creamy, reminded me of a Cream Ale soda (texture only). No real head to each pour, its beer in the glass top-to-bottom.

This is a good beer but if I had to stand in line as others have done, and continue to do, this is not the beer I would wait for.

Prost!

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3.5/5  rDev -25.5%

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Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98.6% out of 100 with 3,091 ratings
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