Russian River Pliny the Younger

Russian River Pliny the Younger

Rated 4.157 by BeerPals

Brewed by Russian River Brewing

Santa Rosa, CA, United States

Style:  Imperial IPA

11% Alcohol by Volume

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Pliny the Younger was Pliny the Elder's nephew, in the case of this beer, the "Younger" is a triple IPA. Pliny the Younger is hopped three times more than our standard IPA, and is dry hopped four different times. Seasonal release (February) available at the pub and for distribution.

ID: 12549 Last updated 7 months ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank33
Overall Percentile99.9
Style Rank5 of 2412
Style Percentile99.8
Lowest Score3.5
Highest Score5.0
Average Score4.350
Weighted Score4.157
Standard Deviation0.504

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 months ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours hazy jonquil with a fair eggshell head. Aroma yields resiny hops, juicy tangerine, a tropical note. Flavor features bitter piney hops, zesty tangerine, mango. Texture wraps up with nice body & lively fizz. Another one of my beer bucket list!

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Felt inspired to rate a couple brews this morning. Had the opportunity to try this beer several times on draft this past spring. With all the hype surrounding it, I expected much more. The cloying sweetness of this beer was hard for me to get around. Way too sweet. Hops were all cat pee. When PTY first came out, it was really one a kind. Now there are a plethora of double, triple IPas out there that can easily rival it.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    all i can say here is deserving of the hype. it's actually unfortunate it's so hard to get. this was the easy winner for me and two friends at the 11th dbl ipa fest in hayward. super fresh, bright, aromatic grapefruit and orange. sweet and makeyourmouthtakenotice bitter at the same time. big bodied. had a PTE (one of my favorites) right after to gain some perspective as PTE is my 2nd highest rated hoppy brew at 4.7. Now it's third, I guess.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    I love Imperial IPAs, but this was an exception as this was a little too sweet for my liking. Beautiful orange in colour, cloudy, thin off-white head. Caramel malt, pine, and grapefruit dominate the aroma. The flavour is too sweet, and overpowers the hoppy goodness I was craving. I was told that this is a hugely popular beer (albeit limited availablility) so only 15 reviews startles me.

  • PAULCARDOM 549 reviews
    rated 3.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    The best thing about this beer is the ornamental lamp-like growler. After you finish the beer you can put a candle in it. A golden beer, almost clear, and plenty of head. The aroma is citrusy hops, some malt, but definitely hoppy. The flavour is all hops, and not very well balanced.

  • MISSSIPLESS 165 reviews
    rated 4.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    A spring draught beer sampled at the brewery, and a great sampling it was. Certainly the hoppiest beer I have ever had. Lots and lots of hoppish goodness. It comes through in the nose and comes through in the flavor. Citrusy!

  • REGSPEIR 155 reviews
    rated 4.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    I doubt I have much to add to the raving about this beer except to echo my affection. It pours a copper, golden orange w. good carbonation, a decent, albeit thin head and lacing all the way down the glass. The nose is a floral, citrus, hoppy explosion with pineapple, orange, lemon zest but especially grapefruit. The taste, while not what I would describe as complex, was just...well...perfection - bitterness perfectly offset by sweetness and malt and a peppery grapefuit fresh aftertaste. There is evidence of the alcohol in the warming finish but no hint of the 11% (so beware!). In short, maybe there is a better beer out there somewhere, but I have yet to find it; This is an awesome beer.

  • MDSMITH 222 reviews
    rated 4.6 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Thanks to thomassova4 for sharing this beer with me. I know a lot of work went into tracking down this bad boy, and getting it here. I'm going to spare the description of the appearance and aroma, since it's already been covered on previous reviews. I will simply say that if you're a hop head you absolutely have to try this one... you certainly won't be sorry !!! Being that I'm not a real hop lover(although I do appreciate a good IPA), this was almost too hoppy for my taste, and was definitely a tasting beer, but I'm happy to have tried it. Again, I you love hops, you just can't go wrong with this one.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 4.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    Had this on tap at Trinty brew pub in Colorado Springs Co. Super hop bomb are the best three words to describe this stuff. Orange- amber body, decent cap and head with good lace. Strong pine aroma with some floral notes, Flavor was similar to the aroma, it was creamy and heavy with citrus accents. Very smooth and the alcohol is well hidden, look out :)- a must try for hop heads.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 5.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    Folks - this is the best IPA I've ever had. It BLOWS away my three IPA gold standards (Smuttynose IPA, Stone IPA, and DFH 90 Min IPA). What separates PtY from those mentioned is the balance of the brew. Namely, PtY is full bodied, hoppy as shit, but very mellow and very palatable. This level of hop sophistication is NOT found in any other IPA while still maintaining a sensible balance - again, this beer is mellow and smooth. I would HIGHLY recommend this beer to the hop heads. The problem is that it is hard as SHIT to land a sample of this Godly nectar. To that end, trade for it when you can, or pay the premium for a taste - it really is worth it. Thanks Jeff for the trade (Westy 12 abt for GROWLER of PtY) and MdSmith for sharing it with me. Hands down, PtY is the hoppiest beer you will EVER have - a masterpiece indeed. PtY is balanced, hoppy, and yet silky in the mouth. PtY has heavy lacing and sticks to the pint glass like glue. PtY bites from start to finish - a feature unfounded by the IPA's known to the IPA enthusiast (even in Smuttynose IPA). PtY smells delicious - like a freshly cut grapefruit. The flavor closely tracks the aroma and does not disappoint if you are a hops fan. If you have the occasion to try this brew - think twice not - JUST DO IT!

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