RATINGS: 761   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 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 (4043) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 19, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VinegarStroke (398) - 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 (1687) - 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 (3082) - 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 (3392) - 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 (433) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (13161) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Growler at Pegs Cycle BA Day, thanks to Sean who won the growler at a charity auction. Pours a clear gold with medium frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is strong dank, pine, tangerine, resin. Medium body, strong citrus, tangerine, dank, good balance, nice resin finish, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TommyTH (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2016 does not count
Had it three times this year (2016). The first two times were disappointing, but the third time tasted much more fresh and clean. One of the best Imperials Ive ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (3205) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2016
On tap at blue dog event. Had right after HF Susan and Legitimacy. I must say, I am very impressed. Yes, its overrated. Yes, its west coast. But yes, its awesome and worth the hype in some respects. This is the OG hop bomb. Pours a clear golden orange with a white head. Aromas of grapefruit, candies, orange, dank hops, alcohol. Taste is not crazy bitter, there is some hop flavors in there followed by some strange piney smokiness then theres a tad of alcohol heat. I can see why this came to the top of our beloved RB list and has remained there simply out of respect. On to the next one...

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