VinegarStroke (420) - 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 itís 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 itís impossible to find an environment that you can relax, analyze and enjoy the beer. anstei (2169) - 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 donít feel the need to take such an effort again. kryon (3501) - Hšsselby, 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 ansalon (3792) - 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. Clownoisseur (476) - 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.
djd07 (14361) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Growler at Pegís 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. 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 Iíve ever had. Art (3217) - 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, itís overrated. Yes, itís west coast. But yes, itís 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 thereís 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... SaxyBeerFan420 (13) - - MAR 7, 2016
Had this on tap on Saturday. Was expecting much more from the hype this beer has but I was not at all dissapointed. This is pretty much an amped up Pliny the Elder. I had Elder right after and Elder tasted like water in comparison. Definitely the most balanced triple IPA Iíve ever had. phaleslu (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2016
750th rating for this beer, my 8819th. Half pint on draft at the brewery. And then a second. And a third. And thatís all they allow. We waited all night in line for the first Friday this went on tap in 2016, and were the third table seated. Back corner on the right - Platinum Baller Status table. Youíll see us in any number of regional news sources, representing beer nerds from around the world who came just for this special beer or something like that. Pliny the Younger pours a somewhat cloudy orange-hued gold with a small eggshell colored head that laces the glass and settles into an island and ring. Notes of pine, grapefruit, caramel, florals, grass - the flavor has a more resinous, oily hop character and along with the ABV level, it just barely numbs the back of the tongue. Medium-full bodied, with a bitter, resinous, but balanced mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent. Right on par with Pliny the Elder. World-class beers, both of them, and it was awesome to try them side-by-side. Iíve been waiting to try this for like 8 years and finally got the chance. It didnít disappoint.