Pliny the Younger is a Triple IPA, simply meaning that it is higher in alcohol and has tons of hops. The alcohol usually finishes at about 10.25%, although it is remarkably dry for the amount of malt used in this recipe. It is loaded with hop flavors, bitterness, and aromatics. We brewed Younger for the first time in 2005 as a winter seasonal beer, building upon the Pliny the Elder recipe while pushing the envelope with malt, hops, and alcohol just to see how far we could go! Each year we slightly change up the hops based on the cream of the hop crop selected from the prior year’s vintage. But the base recipe stays nearly exactly the same.
Pliny the Younger is medium-bodied with tons of hop character in the aroma and mouthfeel with notes of oranges (think orange candies), stone fruit, and citrus. It is also deceptively well-balanced and smooth.
Pliny the Younger will be released in person at both our Santa Rosa and Windsor pubs on tap and in bottles from March 22nd – April 4th, 2024! Stay tuned for more info coming soon!
Original Gravity: 1.088
Alcohol by Volume: 10.25%
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