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RATINGS: 701   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.34   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Pliny the Younger was Pliny the Elder’s nephew, in the case of this beer, the "Younger" is a triple IPA. Pliny the Younger is hopped three times more than our standard IPA, and is dry hopped four different times.


SFtaster's rating

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SFtaster (53) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
At Toronado, Haight St., SF to kick off "SF Beer Week 2011." On a hunch, I biked over to Toronado for the Friday Happy Hour. I was shut-out of the limited supply of ’Younger’ during Beer Week 2010, so I was pleased to find this available before the Twitter crowd caught wind. Disclaimer: I’m not a big fan of the IPA style (let alone double & triple), so I’m not the best choice to judge this beer. However, Pliny the Younger doesn’t disappoint. I’ve tried several ’extreme’ IPA’s from SoCal brewers, and they’ve left me almost traumatized by the hop hit. RR pairs the assertive flavor of the hops with 11% ABV to produce a masterpiece of beer culture. This chance encounter bodes well for the rest of SF Beer Week 2011.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marco_Gtz (8) - Vacaville, California, USA - APR 11, 2014 does not count
Had at The Graduate in Davis CA. 8 oz pour, finally scratched off my bucket list. Definitely a beer everyone should have.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kokobucks (6) - - MAR 26, 2014 does not count
Great beer but overhyped. I might enjoy the Elder better anyway. Worth trying but don't wait in line. --- RATED

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (665) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
At the brewery, Feb 14, 2014...after 5 hours in line 10am-3pm. As luck would have it I hadn’t kicked a cold and my Sudafed wasn’t quite strong enough. So I was getting maybe 25 of the nose. It was certainly potent enough to appreciate the aroma, perhaps a bit academically. It pours dark clear orange with no head or lace. The aroma is floral orange, honey, pine, very clean grain. The flavor is super clean intense bitterness all over, tip to back. The bitterness is drying and very long lasting. Notes of grapefruit, pine, wood, and subtle fruit sweetness weave in and out. The feel is dense. It doesn’t push or hide the alcohol. While I need to have it with my full capacity and may or may not give it higher marks overall it commands respect. It’s an archetype just like its smaller siblings.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corrobot (1) - Sacramento, - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
Appearance: dark golden. SRM about 8.5. White, creamy head with tiny and medium bubbles intermixed that disappears quickly. Lacing is good and lasting with tiny and small bubbles. Aroma: citrus hop aroma with surprising maltiness. Floral and tart lemony. Slightly yeasty - raw bread dough. Flavor: prominent and forward hop notes to start that balances well with maltiness. Brown sugar. Apricot. Finishes with bitter lime: zest and pith. Mouth feel: lively prickle that lasts. Oily in texture- thick oil like olive. High viscosity. Comments: very complex. Well- balanced overall. Balanced hop bitterness and maltiness at first that disappears and becomes malt-forward. Hops reintroduce themselves at the finish with a prominent bitter lime flavor. As the beer breathes and warms, maltiness increases. Notes of sweat begin to appear on the nose, as well.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dieseljaxx (8) - Roseville, California, USA - MAR 12, 2014 does not count
On tap at the Boxing Donkey...so yummy! This is a bucket list beer, one of the best triple IPAs in the land. This beer is tough to find as it is only available once a year but if you're lucky enough to land it, you will mark the day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Strife21 (98) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2014 Pour is golden amber. Smell is floral hops, pine, citrus and grapefruit. Taste starts off sweet, super hoppy, huge notes of pine and resin. Finishes with a bitter grapefruit flavor. Light body and light carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap @ RR. Pour is deep golden with a finger-wide white head. Aroma is of pine sap, resin, tropical fruits, orange juice and apple juice. Flavor is of fresh crushed hops, caramel, and tropical fruit. Finish is bitter and full of pine oil. Alcohol is hidden very well.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
goochflies (13) - Kaiserstuhl, SWITZERLAND - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Genius beer. I had it at Russian river brewery on February 17 this year. For me it was as good as the hype. Amazing fruity aroma and mouth feel. Starts and ends perfectly and after three I was craving more. Several weeks later and back in Europe im still craving it. Delicious. Will go back next year for sure.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
want1DIPA (204) - - MAR 7, 2014
Old post. Of Course Pliny the Younger is epic! I’ll just say that I’ve never tasted anything at 11% that was as smooth as this. Yum!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HeadyDE (423) - Delaware, USA - MAR 7, 2014
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


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