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Russian River Pliny the Younger

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100
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 748   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.35/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2016
On tap at Russian River. Poured light haze gold orange with thin white ring. Aroma mega juicy citrus. Light min carb med bod. Taste quite bitter resinous hop floral. Intense stuff. Glad to have it for a special event but not an everydayer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (5210) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2016
On tap at the brewpub, 2016 release. Lightly hazy gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is super hoppy, intense hop juice, very dank, light weed, citrusy, onion. Taste is lightly sweet, super juicy, so easy drinking. Palate is med full bodied with med carbonation. Super delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackl (6421) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Keg @ Russian River. Slightly hazy deep gold pour with a small white head. Really juicy, assertive nose. Plenty of orange meat, some tangerine and a bit of sea grass. Accents of pine. Sweet malt. Flavor is moderately sweet with a strong bitter finish. Lemon pith. Orange peel. Nice and dry. Somewhat resinous. Very drinkable and surprisingly balanced. Warm finish. A touch oily. This is pretty stellar stuff indeed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Draft at the brewpub. Pours clear orange-gold with a slender, frothy white head. The nose has a lot of piney hops, pale bread, tangerine, light grass. Medium sweet flavor with some juicy melon, tangerine, light piney bitterness, peach, alcohol. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish, lightly resinous, with lots of juicy citrus fruits, tangerine, some grapefruit, nips of boosty alcohol, orange, mango, mellow bitter grass and citrus rind. Well, it’s very good, and very drinkable, but there are more expressive ’imperial’ IPAs out there nowadays. Still, I can appreciate that this is juicy and drinkable stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Theydon_Bois (15029) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Keg at RR, Pliny The Younger release day ’16, 05/02/16. Clear golden with a decent off white covering. Nose is resinous pine, mango, citric peel, grapefruit, light caramel, trace skunky hop, floral balance ... xolid. Taste comprises bitter orange, straw, grapefruit, sticky hops, pine needle. Full bodied, fine carbonation with a slick resinous drift, semi aggressive hop bitterness in the close. Well balanced and nuanced.... Top draw DIPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (3647) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2016
Draught at Russian River. Clear deep golden liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of tangerine, citrus, mango, pine, pineapple, light grain, light sweet malt and lychee. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of citrus, tangerine, light grain, pineapple and pine. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV. Great beer and worth waiting in line for. I have to say though, I prefer Elder as it is more drinkable and less malty. Still, a memory of a lifetime.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Homer321 (3566) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Draft at source. After waiting in line for 11 hours i finally get it! Nose is huge with orange citrus and zest. Plain juicy in the aroma. Pours fairly clear with a small white head. Taste is initially quite bitter with citrus rind. Juicy citrus hop flavor follows at an amazingly intense orange and grapefruit. I didn’t think "old" American C hops could be this juicy and good. No sign of alcohol in the flavor but a light warming in the ears. Could just be sleep deprivation from camping in line over night. A truly great beer!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jentucker (7) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 5, 2016 does not count
Little variation?s each year, but for 2016 the super aroma is back! Less of the typical DIPA bite this year, so its real easy on the palate which I appreciate. The belch has great danky aroma in case you missed it the first time down. Great balance. Perfection. Shines with a golden Aura that this beer really is magical!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Pliny the younger is the de facto standard as the imperial / triple IPA. The aroma of strong grapefruit and pine with an almost "orange" appearance. Taste of bitter piney and grapefruit notes. Hits the palate rather cleanly for an IPA of this alcohol %. Doesn’t taste 11% and a beer to seek out an try during its 2 to 3 week release schedule in February. Cheers!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
euniceradio (350) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2015
On tap 2014 release, Redlands CA. Pours clear orange, small white head. Aroma of trop fruit, berries, sweet pale malts, crystal malts, fresh-squeezed citrus, citrus rind, slight dank, grass....OH MY GOD...I could go on all day. The complexity carries on into the taste. Mouthfeel is moderate syrupy with good carb. Cutting with high IBUs equals heavenly bliss. I only consumed 8oz, but damn it was good. If I had a 22bomber to drink, I wonder if my overall review of this rare white whale would change.


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