krumbum (597) - truckee, California, USA - FEB 12, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Smooth piny aromas. Slightly hazy golden with white frothy head. So smooth with those signature hop flavors you expect from point but a even smoother delivery in a bigger beer. It lives up to the hype.
Marheb (2817) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(En fût au Hamilton’s Tavern): Un liquide ambré dense et brumeux qui respire des sucres résineux, on dirait que les Sierra au complet ont servi d’houblonnage à cru. C’est plein de fruits tropicaux également et malgré tout c’est assez bien équilibré, dans le sommet du spectre évidemment. Vraiment surpris par celle-là, je croyais que l’anticipation allait l’étouffer.
fitwitchik (387) - USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Got to brewpub on release day at 5:30 am. In the pouring rain waiting. Patiently. At 1:55pm Pliny the Younger was in front of me.
Aroma was hoppy BO sweet beautiful.
Flavor. WORTH EVERY SOGGY MOMENT.. Juicy pine trees with the locker room kinda feel. Chose to taste Pliny the Elder for comparison. Subtle difference The difference in ABV was 3% & pulled off nicely. It takes a great brewer to create a outstanding base brew as Elder & improve to a higher ABV. Top 5 brews ever consumed.
NeuroPliny (212) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is all about the experience. I remember the first time I had it at Toronado during San Francisco beer week. When the cask was cracked the whole bar smelled like hops. I'm tasting it now for the second time at Russian River. I was worried I may have had an overly hyped memory of how good it was. I needn't have worried. It's even more awesome than I remembered. It pours clear golden amber with an off-white head. Nose is huge citrus, grapefruit, pine resin, caramel, orange peel, lemon, and roasted malts. Flavour is a perfect balance of California hoppiness and sweet malts. It doesn't get any better.
ineedbeer (1006) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bistro DIPA festival.
Aroma is nice with a lot of grapefruit, citrus, pine resin and tropical and stone fruit. Medium light malt notes with hints of caramel and honey. Some medium light alcohol spice.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a moderately sized, thick, white head with good retention.
Flavor is moderately sweet with a medium light malt character with hints of caramel that help hide the alcohol. High bitterness with a high hop character and medium light alcohol spice. The hops and malt help hide the alcohol well.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a really nice triple IPA. I forgot how good it is. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer isn’t too sweet. Lots of hop character.
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sometimes it is more about the experience than the actual beer. I love this beer, though it is over-hyped. Great citrus/pine aroma, huge malty body with a balancing hop bitterness. All said and done this is really just a well executed hoppy barleywine.
maxodom (34) - - JAN 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft. great aroma, medium flavor, perfect amount of head. overall a good beer but not as deep flavor profile as I was hoping. id love to have it again, though.
tsing (2) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is probably the best beer on the planet! It is sad that they only brew it once per year. If you don't live in the Northern Cali area you can forget finding it.
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onanalancaster (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very flavorful brew, big, very bitter, grapefruit-like citrus, but also quite fruity with an apparent sweet, orange citrus flavor. Aromatic grapefruit/hoppy nose is bigger, sweeter, fruitier and more balanced than the Elder. Thick, sticky, very sweet palate like a barleywine, but with a strong bitter bite to balance it out. Dark golden in color and a bit hazy in appearance.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 2/16/14 on draft at Russian River, and subsequently a couple of other times at Toronado. Pours beautiful bright orange with an average white head that slowly recedes to a thin collar, and very light spotty lace. The nose is full of super piney resin hops, some orange oil, and a very faint tropical fruit hint, and just enough caramel malt to balance the ridiculous amount of hops. The flavor is pretty much the same with the resin showing a bit dank, orange oil, nice malty caramel, and some peachy tropical fruit on the back of the palate. The body is full and sticky with just above average carbonation and a long resin bitter balanced by some fruity hops. The balance is what sets this beer apart from others in its style.