We’ve previously written about the beer at #2 on Ratebeer’s list of Imperial IPA’s. Now, meet #1: The elder’s son, Pliny the Younger. A Triple IPA that is only available in February on draft at a handful of select draft accounts. Luckily for us, our neighborhood bar Saraveza is one of those places.
You had to get tickets in advance, which we obediently stood in line for and got. Saraveza also had Russian River’s Blind Pig and Pliny The Elder on draft this day, so we made sure to try them all. This review however, will be of Pliny the Younger. You can read our Pliny The Elder review from August here.
From left to right: The Younger, The Elder, Blind Pig.
Beer: Pliny the Younger
Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company
Style: Triple IPA
Appearance: A bright gold color that looks very clear in the glass. It has a light foam that slowly dissolves on the surface.
Aroma: A thick hop aroma that hits you directly, but with a nice sweetness to it. After a while you can sense the fruitiness.
Taste: Loads of bitterness, but also some hints of sweeter fruit notes and a distinct but not unpleasant booziness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The alcohol % combined with the hops gives you a slight tingly sensation on the tongue.
Overall: It’s hard not to compare it to Pliny the Elder, but it this is definitely a really solid (and crazy) Triple IPA. A bit too boozy maybe, but at 10.25% that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Hop heads are not wrong for standing in line for this. Although, we might just settle for some sips of its “father” next time.
If you want to, you can read more info about the release over on Russian River’s site.
A decent flight of beer, wouldn’t you say?