HeadyDE (424) - Delaware, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
draft offering at memphis taproom..served in a russian river glass..full pour indeed..golden color..1.5 finger head..quite tiny bubbles rising to the surface..nose is pleasant grapefruit..pine..lemon rind.not as aromatic as anticipated..however as things warm a bit the citrus nose comes out more..mouthfeel is amazingly light-medium bodied and oh so smooth for the advanced abv...traces of butterscotch and piney backing for sure..with hop onslaught..coating of bitterness on the palate that is balanced out very well with malty biscuity like sweetness..happy to try the elusive PTY and it is somewhat reminiscent of heady topper taste profile without some of the pop rock mouth feel that is characteristic of heady..does it live up to the hype? not so sure about that..but it is a mighty balanced..smooth high abv beer that I was glad to have and appreciate at a well run PTY event in philly..cheers to memphis taproom for making it a pleasant outing all around
kimjongill (207) - - MAR 6, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great DIPA, much better than itís older brother.
Lots of aroma and hop punch, but the kicker on this beer is how well balanced it is. Tastes less bitter than Elder with more hop kick. I feel like the true crime of this beer is it seems primed for back to back pint drinking, not unlike heady topper, but so few will ever get the chance.
douglas88 (5554) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pliny! That fever sets across the country. Hard to really say, I need to try this multiple times. Pours a clear dark copper color with a large white head. A super sweet malty nose, hop resin. The flavor is very smooth, really not a big bitter beer, caramel, green, massive fruity hops, toffee, sugary, pine, well any hop flavor imaginable is here. Very smooth and super drinkable. Awesome.
FiremanChris (12) - - MAR 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím a huge fan of the Elder and was pretty psyched to try this and see what all the hype is about.
Waited in line for only 5 minutes. Not bad considering some horror stories Iíve heard of.
On tap into a 6oz taster glass.
Appearance is clear golden. Thin white head with good lacing.
Aroma is pine, resinous, hoppy up front with some grapefruit rind and mild tropical fruit undertones. Very crisp and clean but not a super aromatic beer.
Taste follows the aroma. Pine, resin, hops balanced with citrus peel. Nice balanced taste that masks the alcohol well with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, smooth and very easy drinking.
Overall a great beer but there are many other beers out there that are as good or better than PtY.
Brouwerij (884) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at West End. Pours clear, bright copper orange with quickly settling white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is huge citrus and piney hops, resinous, floral. Flavor is big citrus, juicy, tangerine, spruce hops with a citrus, pine finish and lingering aftertaste. Crisp and clean. Moderate carbonation, medium body.
nrbirge (3) - - MAR 2, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good. Too much hype. 10+% tho. Very smooth. Not bitter at all. Medium finish. Just a mild hoppy nose. After a few sips, was definitely able to taste/smell the alcohol. Left me with a good buzz after only 2 8 oz. pours.
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at La Trappe in San Francisco. $11 a pint and no line. GREAT!
A - Crimson gold with a 3 finger creamy head. Fades so slow with sticky lacing.
S - Nose is similar to elder. Smells like a pine cone with a lot of sweet esthers and nutty bits as well.
T - The taste is interesting. Clearly a west coast IPA. Sweet, borderline barleywine taste and a clear booziness that separates it from other imperial IPAs. A raw rind of lemon, grapefruit and clementines is there too. Itís a great beer for the abv. Thatís pretty amazing about it.
M - Thick, malty and waves of hops.
O - I would actually say this is the closest to heady topper Iíve ever had with slightly more booze. In that regard, itís like Iím drinking a heady topper in San Francisco minus the mineral water mouthfeel that heady has. Everything else is really similar
akern06 (1) - denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pliny the younger is an incredible beer. I waited in line for a few hours the other day just to try this beer for the first time. Many people who know me would consider me a hop head. With that said, I honestly think there are many beers out there that I have had, that are just as good as Pliny the younger. I wanted to see what all the hype was about, but I could have went down the street to a local brewery and got a beer just as good, for half the price, without standing in line all day. Donít get me wrong, it is a great beer, but there are beers that should get the same amount of attention and appreciation.
Salmoniform (245) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from tap to glass. Soft orange hue with white head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring. Aroma is pine, mango, tangerine, melon, lemon, sugar. Mouthfeel is nice with medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a bitter following and slight ethanol in the finish. Overall this is a pretty nice Imperial IPA.
HIGHB4LL (269) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Choice City Butcher. Appearance: finger of white head that lasts a minute or so, straw/golden yellow, clear. Aroma: light fruity sweetness, heavy fresh floral hops, lighter citrusy hops, slightest yeasty leather notes. Palate: light body, sticky texture, average carbonation, dry bitter lasting finish. I can still taste it. Taste: very brief but intense sweetness, right into extreme, but not over the top bitterness. Overall, there is a great reason for the rating of this beer, it is amazing. It is supremely hoppy, but not palate destroying, it does all of the little subtleties right.