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Brewed By: Russian River Brewing Company

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Number of Ratings: 1186

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA (DIPA / IIPA)

Brewed In: 725 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA

ABV: 11%

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Pliny The Younger

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Tasting Notes

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brennanturner6 profile picturebrennanturner6 - February 16, 2013
Calming hops. Pepper and possible SLIGHT caramel nose. Bitter spicy aftertaste. Multiple levels on taste, ie strong complexity. A bit too much on follow up sips. A special beer nonetheless for an IPA drinker.
Todd T profile pictureTodd T - February 16, 2013
Alright so my buddy (thanks Matt) was able to smuggle some Pliny the Younger back home to me last week. Though it lost some carbonation in its travels it was still an outstanding IPA. Huge nose of citrus and hops with a touch of alcohol. It's almost like a syrupy concentrate of Pliny the Elder with more of a malt backbone to hide the 11% ABV. Awesome awesome stuff that must be unreal on draft. I'm just lucky my boy was able to deliver.
naranp89 profile picturenaranp89 - February 13, 2013
I had a Pliny the Younger at the Russian River brewery in Santa Rosa. Beer is very good and very similar to the Elder but is crisper and therefore very refreshing. The mouthfeel is better than the Elder also (smooth). Alcohol content is high though so don't drink it on empty stomach.
jenningsdustin profile picturejenningsdustin - February 11, 2013
FANTASTIC! More bitter than the Elder. Malty sweetness compounded by a citrus grapefruit hop bomb! Waited 2 hours
sloesby profile picturesloesby - February 11, 2013
2013--even better than last year! Lots of grapefruit on the front of the palate, develops complexity as the glass empties for more lychee and juniper notes, but still pleasantly citrus- and peach-centric hoppiness. Beautiful!
hhbikes profile picturehhbikes - February 10, 2013
Hour and a half wait this past Thursday at 11:30. Big hop and good malt balance. Do I detect a touch of fruitiness in the yeast?
rquinn53 profile picturerquinn53 - February 9, 2013
2013 release. As it appears, some waited 3 1/2 hours for this. As it happens, my friends and I waited 8. We had a timer running and the doorman told us we hold the record. Did the fact that we waited 8 hours affect my judgment of the beer? Probably. If I waited 8 hours to watch to watch the movie Rent I could probably force myself to find something to like about it. For the record, Rent is probably the worst movie. Remember that scene with the performance art lady pretending to drink for a giant teat? What the hell was that? Anyway, this beer explodes in your mouth in a daisy cutter of citrus and hops. Imagine a Lance Armstronged up (can we use him as a verb yet?) version of Heady Topper. Where Heady Topper gently caresses your taste buds with a lingering subtlety of a sweet nectarine, the Younger goes ahead and drop kicks you right in the throat. It's an extraordinarily intense experience that will fill you with equal measures of optimism and fear, as you surely felt when the Turians allied with the Krogan to cure the Genophage. Is it the best IPA I've ever had? Of that, there is no doubt.
bdub30 profile picturebdub30 - February 8, 2013
2013 Release. Waited about 3.5 hours. Excellent! Balance is amazing for a triple IPA! Once in a lifetime opportunity if you are not a CA resident.
Sarah J profile pictureSarah J - February 8, 2013
Waited 3 1/2 hours. Totally worth it. Best beer ever
boltfan profile pictureboltfan - February 3, 2013
Hop bomb. No alcohol after burn, despite the high ABV.
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