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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Notes from my time at the bar with Younger:

L: Pours a beautiful just slightly cloudy gold with 1/4" micro bubbly and fluffy head that settles to a small bubble ring around the glass. Sticky lace and huge legs linger all over the glass.

S: Massive bouquet of fresh hops and pine, with some very slight tropical aroma coming through, as well as subtle crackery/biscuity malt.

T: Taste follows the aroma, cleansing and pristine hops, slight citrus and lemongrass with a strong bready malt base that hits at the back of the tongue. The balance is really nothing short of incredible.

M: Crisp and dry, with almost no alcohol detectable whatsoever (at 11%!), fully highlights the flavor balance.

Overall: A more realized and brighter version of Elder. PtY checks all boxes and then some. The benchmark imperial/triple IPA. 'Lupulin Threshold Shift' be damned.

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taste: booyah. piny, earthy hops up front. quick burst of citrus fruit in the middle, finish long and dry with a pleasant balanced bitterness.

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Pliny The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.7 out of 5 with 3,177 ratings