RATINGS: 764   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.35/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Pliny the Younger was Pliny the Elders 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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NDbeerdrinker (167) - West Islip, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Wow. Small sample from a growler at Grape and Gourmet. Pours a golden orange color with a little bit of white head. Aroma is absolutely incredible. People in the store were just smelling and smelling. Huge hops, floral aroma, citrus, but all were on another level. Taste is astounding. Great hop flavor, sweet and bitter at the same time, amazing. I wanted to go buy a fake mustache so I could get another sample.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinsenn (2105) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2017
Finally! On tap at City Beer, SF, labelled as "?". Amazing pine tropical citrus aroma. Mmmmmm smooth taste with great balance. Boozy, citrus, resin, pine. Awesome. Love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (18509) - PCastle, GERMANY - FEB 23, 2017
Slightly hazy golden colour. Aroma of intense bitter hops, lot of citrus, grapefruit. Taste of quite bitter grassy hops, tons of citrus, grapefruit, long bitter fruity finish, good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
derA (55) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 20, 2017
Thanks to the anonymous donor of the sample: I have waited quite a while for this and I really wasnt sure if I would ever try a Pliny the Younger. Much as was my experience with Pliny the Elder, I understand now why this is such a defining beer for its style and even its region. Pliny the Younger is a very well executed West Coast Triple IPA, it has all the typical hop notes of a good West Coast IPA just condensed into a much more intense experience. Its almost oily from all of the hops, brimming with notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit and pine needles. I hate to say that its not my favorite Triple IPA but its certainly up there with only a handful of others worldwide that I have had the opportunity to taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2072) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Very long flavour, balanced malt&hops. Lingering bitterness. Great triple IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (4052) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2017 Sampled from tap. Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is intense hops, grapefruit, boozy. Taste is hop oils, grapefruit, grassy, quite some booze and residual sweetness. Bitter, slightly warming finish. Medium carbonation, oily mouthfeel, massive strong kick. Everything about this works - but Triple IPA is not exactly my style, which is why I dont go completely crazy about this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VinegarStroke (402) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala: Clear straw with little head and no lace. Huge lift of hops. Tropical citrus and stone notes. Loved the nose but its the palate which is incredible. Superb mouthfeel and depth of flavor. Rich with some unfermented sugar. The bitterness is there but not overwhelming. For such a massive beer the balance is awesome. Tasted the Elder directly after this and it looked like a commercial IPA. The most disappointing thing about this beer is that its impossible to find an environment that you can relax, analyze and enjoy the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anstei (1699) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Finally, the mother of the Whalezzz! Pours lear golden amber. Little head. Aroma is strong tropical fruit, pines, mango, light citrus, resin. Residual sweetness into a heavy body, late bitterness, not sticky, good to drink. Lingering sweet, yet still not sticky palate. Great balance, superb experience. Had this as my first beer, and it tasted like the Elder. Then after this I directly had the Elder, which was a soft simple IPA compared with this bomb. Worth the hype? Depends. I enjoyed the experience, but I dont feel the need to take such an effort again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kryon (3084) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Pours hazy golden with low white head Aromas hoppy explosion of citrusy fruits, pine, caramel, pineapples, resin Taste has lovely notes of pine, resin, caramel, citrusy fruits, mango, pineapple Mouthfeel is brilliant given the high abv. Rein, caramel, pine in perfect combo with great hoppyness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (3399) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Pours clear light orange with a low white head. Aromas of peach, pine, resin, apricot, grass. Taste is very fruity and quite bitter with grassy and light floral notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very clean palate. Moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Clownoisseur (435) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2017
On tap at Russian River. 2/6/17. Pour is a clear honey golden color. Small white head, tons of lacing. Aromas are loaded with piney, earthy hops, hints of tropical fruit, citrus peel and a touch of alcohol. Taste is just loaded with hop wave after wave. Lemongrass, papaya, orange peel, sticky pine, touch of cereal sweetness with more doses of floral hops, tiny peat, hints of alcohol. Very balanced but definitely bitter and in the dry side. Very glad to taste this gem after all these years. A true classic.

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