chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia. Huge grapefuit aroma. Gold yellow straw in color with thin white head. Flavors is sharp citrus twang, grapefuit skins and floral hoppiness. -- I almost wonder if the server at the Greylodge had their taps backwards between elder and younger. We all felt that the elder that we were served was hoppier than the younger.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft Boathouse. Fuffy white head. Smells of grapefruit and a little funk. The taste was a mixture of rich malts and high powered hops. Thick with a strong, smooth hop finish. Easy to drink at 11%, maybe too easy!
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Flanigan’s Boathouse in Conshohocken. Clear orange with a robust, whipped marshmallow head. Lacing all the way. Candied orange peel, piney hops and a little funk. Impeccably balanced! Huge malts and hops but damned drinkable. Mostly orange without typical grapefruit notes. Sweet liqueurish with a soft bitterness. No alcohol presence make this dangerous. Sticky hops seem to leach through the glass. Tried the Elder for comparison but made me sad I hadn’t gone with another Younger. I have to give this the nod over Dreadnaught.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Draft... Drafting Room, near Philly... This beer rocks! ... Mostly clear yellow ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is of heavy grapefruit, apricot and pine. Surprisingly well-balanced flavor. Huge malt; lots of hops. The malt wins the battle for balance with tons of toffee and honey. Coming in a close second is a boatload of hops; big grapefruit rind and apricot with hints of pineapple and evergreen. Also a bit tangy. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Finishes bitter-sweet, piney and bone-dry at the very end. World class brew!
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2010 8/19/06: Draught at Drafting Room: Smelled hoppy and of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and mint. Very strong hop aroma, but no malt aroma. Mintier, crisper, and fresher smelling than Pliny the Elder. Golden amber color. Slightly sparkling. Clear. Thin white head does not last. Very good lacing. Not a pretty as the Elder. Flavor is balls out hops. Citrusy and minty, with hints of alcohol, resin and pine. Heavily bitter and lightly sweet. A little malt in the finish. BITTER. Has a mild tingly bite to it. Medium length bitter finish. Average carbonation. Medium to full body. A little oily in texture. Overall, a very good tripple IPA. Wish it were drier and better looking. 9/3/9/5/18 = 4.4.
2/27/10: Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of grapefruit, hops, and tropical fruit. Poured amber in color with a creamy, white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Very slightly sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and hops. Medium body. Very dry texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet, bitter, hop and tropical fruit finish is very dry. 11%ABV is completely hidden throughout. 8/4/9/5/18 = 4.4.
auto (163) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
freaking good ass brew right here. good ass summer brew i gotta say. nice fruity flavor taste like some crisp ass nice flavor. looks pretty too. got it on tap at toronado in san fransicko
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 On tap at Union Jack’s. great beer. Huge nose of citrus hops and tropical fruit. Big bold body consisting of bitter hops, hop flavor and a rich sweetness. The best way to describe the body would be "sticky." Alcohol is masked completely. A phenom and a rare treat for somebody on the east coast.
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2006 On tap at Russian River. Clear(?!), deep gold with some bubbles. Nose is straw-like and floral, very sweet and pleasant. Massive hop flavor and bitterness, straw and grapefruit with rich, sweet honey malt underneath. Rich, velvety palate with massive body. The alcohol is perfectly hidden. Truly excellent on the whole, very much on the hoppy side of things but not unbalanced.
FlySwatter (34) - USA - JUL 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hard to decide which Pliny I like the best.
Like the elder this a hop feast which is balanced by fruit malty flavor that does a good job at masking the high alcohol content.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The hophead/IPA fanatic’s barleywine. Intense, awesome hop flavors. Like the Elder, an awesome showcase for the newer strains of the piny/citrusy/resiny pacific northwest hops, Amarillo and Simcoe, just to name a few. Great for sipping. The hop flavors and aromas intensify at you let it warm up a bit. Amazing.