Pliny The Younger | Russian River Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
3,073
Reviews:
946
Avg:
4.67
pDev:
7.49%
 
 
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6,461
Gots:
495
For Trade:
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Ratings: 3,073 |  Reviews: 946
Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.57/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally able to track down this thorn in my side beer! Tons of hop aroma on the nose and on the palate but a little too west coast malty for my taste....you can almost taste the ABV....chase OVER!

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Photo of Oneguy73
4.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got Lucky and was on business the last day of the 2017 Younger release.
It punches you in the mouth with hops - in a good way! Very tasty, not bitter. Also very strong. I was an hour away from my motel so I only had two of the three 8oz servings that I was allowed.

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Photo of Eiwatts9
4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cnjosephson15
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thatsarealplane
4.77/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Macsimus
4.84/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of detgfrsh
4.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not usually one to buy into the hype, but my local bar got a keg of this and I couldn't resist. (Thanks Hop Grenade!) Pours an orange color with a lacing of bubbles. Creamy citrus smell. Resin-y feel with a touch of carbonation. Taste is pretty much all hops, smooth citrus and pine flavors with no harshness. The impressive thing about this is that the smell and taste are all hops, but it's so smooth and less bitter even than many single IPAs. You would never know this is a 10.25% ABV either, it hides the alcohol well. Overall, it's a great beer. I'm glad I got to try it, but I don't know that I'd stand in line for hours to have it again. For my money, I think Westvleteren 8 is better.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of McDermott27
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RA1NMANN
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BrewCat22
4.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ead73
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of brewaddict
4.86/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On Tap at the RRBC 2/14/17

L: Slightly hazy amber orange with a thin half finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.
S: I expected the smell to be a little more pungent. Still a nice blend of oranges, mango, and a little lemon followed by some subtle sweetness.
T: For me, this beer is all about the malt. Yeah, it's a hop bomb. But, I don't think the hops stand out more than in Pliny the Elder. You get a fair amount of resinous pine bite upon first sip and then this flood of malty sweetness to quell the bite. This lets some of the citrus flavors come out without it being juicy. I imagine candied oranges. I've had a number of triple IPA's that have a bit of ethanol tang on the finish. This was totally absent in PtY.
F: Smooth. Very Smooth. Almost buttery. Great mouth feel and very drinkable. Perfect carbonation.
O: Oh yeah. It's that good.

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Photo of PhamilyJewels
4.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ace15397
4.88/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Madbum101214
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you live in CA, come get this beer. The hype is worth it, this is a ridiculously smooth beer and it wont disappoint your expectations.

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Photo of mecmd
4.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brandonld23
4.95/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of msumike89
4.77/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bum4ever
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at RRBC on 2/9/2017,

L: Clear Yellow with a good amount of head.
S: Orange and maybe mango, some other citrus smells, then definitely hops to finish it off but not over powering.
T: Huge amount of hops up front, but very smooth at the same time. Nice fruit flavors to balance the hops.
F: Exactly how a triple IPA should feel.
O: This is as good as everyone says. Waited 3 hours in the rain to try it and it did not disappoint. This was my first year making the trip, but it will not be my last.

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

Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
4.67 out of 5 based on 3,073 ratings.
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