alohaC (12) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Toronado. After drinking Pliny the Elder too many times to count, I finally came across the much heralded and harder to find Pliny the Younger on tap. Like the Elder, the Younger pours beautifully with a clean, coppery orange and a nice two-finger head. The smell is pungent with citrus/grapefruit hops, but with less of the sweet pine and floral character you sometimes find in the other good IIPAs. Not a bad thing - just different and you know this one is going to hit you big time with the bitter end of the hops. Flavor is dominated by grapefruity bitterness, but kept in check with a biscuity malt. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly smooth for such a big beer. My only real complaint is I find this beer to be a little more astringent and hot with alcohol on the finish than I like. Where the Elder is the epitome of balance for me, I find this one a bit unbalanced. Some like this, but to me it makes this a "have a pint and then Iím done with it" kinda beer. Another excellent effort by Vinnie, the Yoda of IPAs, but Iíd rather hook myself up to an I.V. of the Elder for the night!
againnagain (3) - USA - MAR 27, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The ultimate!! Waited in line for 6 hours to sample this nectar of the beer gods. It did not disappoint. Unbelievable balance considering the APV. From start to finish and then some this beer earns its legendary rating.
DSG (7456) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2/12/15] Draught at Russian River in Santa Rosa. 10.25%. Clear golden. Lovely hoppy aroma with lots of tropical fruits, citrus, pine and a tiny bit of alcohol. Flavor has some sweetish malt, fruity and piney hops, some alcohol and strong bitterness. Medium-bodied. Good but not great.
boxofrane (2315) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at blue dog. Pours clear golden with a medium sized white head with a lot of glass carbonation . The aroma has a lot of citrus, tropical fruit, a bit of pine. The taste is very bitter, grapefruit, dry, no lingering booze.
burg326 (4228) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured an amber golden color with aromas of dank hops, light malt, some sweet fruit and some light pine. Flavors are the same an amazing balance of malt and tropical fruit with some great hop flavor. This is stupid good believe the hype!
tkrjukoff (4153) - SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler @ Pegs. Pours clear pale amber with a small off white head. Aroma is solid malty hoppy fruity tropical fruits a bit sweet. Flavor is lean velvety balanced hoppy and fruity, bitterness lingers in my mouth with all the flavors leaving a longlasting aftertaste of bitterness pipes and citrus.
biggsbowler (435) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Someone shared this with me and I canít thank them enough. Pour yellow with slight orange hue. Citrusy nose. Taste is bitter with notes of oranges, lemon zest and tangerines.
jtclockwork (9982) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2015 Draft. Pours gold white head - Nose/taste of pineapple, citrus, grapefruit resin, sticky orange. Medium body. Pretty good.
egg (118) - USA - MAR 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap on 3/9/15. Pours a slightly orange Amber. No head. Nose is really bright citrus hops, fruit, really yummy. Taste is tropical fruit, mango, alcohol, bitter, grass, pineapple. Lasting fruitiness. Reminds me a little of evil twin mango Molotov cocktail. Super yummy. One of the best DIPAs I've had.
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Bacterial (1878) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cross this one off the fermentation bucket list. Clear deep amber pour with a nice white head. Lots of lacing. Citrus pine tropical hoppy nose. Intense hops in the taste. The intensity works, without being overdone. Lots of bitterness in the finish with just a hint of alcohol. This is truly is a special hop experience. I could not have more than one of these, unlike Elder or Blind Pig. Itís a bad ass hoppy and bitter dry barleywine.
andrew_drinks (220) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at DIPA Festival 2015, Hayward CA. Vibrant orange and super-bright, like it came with its own backlight. No head though - aroma seemed slightly subdued, but still hitting the tropical fruit juice points you would expect, some mango and a bit of dankness. Very oily, almost unique mouthfeel, both thick and dryingly thin at the same time. The obvious flavour is pineapple juice, with some tangerine thrown in, along with peach and some grapefruit in the finish. Finishes dry but right in balance with the hop bitterness. Itís super-hyped, it was the first keg to kick, but it was very good.