VsXsV (4528) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2016
Draught at Russian River. Clear deep golden liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of tangerine, citrus, mango, pine, pineapple, light grain, light sweet malt and lychee. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of citrus, tangerine, light grain, pineapple and pine. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV. Great beer and worth waiting in line for. I have to say though, I prefer Elder as it is more drinkable and less malty. Still, a memory of a lifetime. Homer321 (5166) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Draft at source. After waiting in line for 11 hours i finally get it! Nose is huge with orange citrus and zest. Plain juicy in the aroma. Pours fairly clear with a small white head. Taste is initially quite bitter with citrus rind. Juicy citrus hop flavor follows at an amazingly intense orange and grapefruit. I didn’t think "old" American C hops could be this juicy and good. No sign of alcohol in the flavor but a light warming in the ears. Could just be sleep deprivation from camping in line over night. A truly great beer! jentucker (8) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 5, 2016 does not count
Little variation?s each year, but for 2016 the super aroma is back! Less of the typical DIPA bite this year, so its real easy on the palate which I appreciate. The belch has great danky aroma in case you missed it the first time down. Great balance. Perfection. Shines with a golden Aura that this beer really is magical! spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Pliny the younger is the de facto standard as the imperial / triple IPA. The aroma of strong grapefruit and pine with an almost "orange" appearance. Taste of bitter piney and grapefruit notes. Hits the palate rather cleanly for an IPA of this alcohol %. Doesn’t taste 11% and a beer to seek out an try during its 2 to 3 week release schedule in February. Cheers! euniceradio (558) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2015
On tap 2014 release, Redlands CA. Pours clear orange, small white head. Aroma of trop fruit, berries, sweet pale malts, crystal malts, fresh-squeezed citrus, citrus rind, slight dank, grass....OH MY GOD...I could go on all day. The complexity carries on into the taste. Mouthfeel is moderate syrupy with good carb. Cutting with high IBUs equals heavenly bliss. I only consumed 8oz, but damn it was good. If I had a 22bomber to drink, I wonder if my overall review of this rare white whale would change.
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - AUG 14, 2015
On tap at beechwood a while back. Dark copper pour very carbonated to bring out awesome huge hoppy aromas of pine mango apricot and all other hoppy goodness. Lightly malted with some alcohol heat but hops prevail. Not super duper bitter just great use of hops. a+++ ctipping (2196) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Originally reviewed on 3/14/15. A beer I thought I’d never get to try. 64 oz. growler poured into a snifter. Clear orange body with a small white head. A few wisps on the surface and a thin collar. Orange. Some pine hops. Lots of caramel malt, but doesn’t smell all that sugary. Tastes like an amped up Pliny. Orange hops up front. Sweet pale malts. A touch of booze. Pine hops build in the back end with a moderate bitterness.
Medium heavy. Not a sugar bomb, which I was afraid of. Medium carbonation. Glad I got to try it. It’s very good. I’d take a lot of things over it, especially if it avoids a trip to CA to get a taste. againnagain (3) - USA - MAR 27, 2015 does not count
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 (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 15, 2015
[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 (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
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.