SG111 (1823) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 On tap at the brewery. Pale golden color, thin white head. Aroma is lots of hops and citrus, very tropical fruit Aroma, pineapple, mango, orange peach, biscuit malt. Flavor is hop forward, but with a brilliantly balanced honey malt backbone. Long bitter finish. Full bodied. What else can you say? It’s Pliny the Younger. One of the best IPAs out there. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2015
On tap at The Mayor in Fort Collins on 2/16. Arrived at the table a deep orange with a small white head. Wonderful citrus and pine hop aromas. Med to full body with layers of citrus hop flavors (Amarillo / Simcoe) and some caramel malt sweetness. Nice bitter finish. Very well crafted beer that is well balanced, while accentuating the hop flavor and aromas. The alcohol is well hidden and PtY is extremely drinkable. Had a PtE side by side and the Elder has never tasted so light. frankieg (6) - la jolla, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
10oz pour at Obrien’s San Diego. 10min wait (score). Beautiful tangerine orange with only the slightest remnants of a thin white head. Slight oily sheen on top. Carbonation is low. Taste is very bright and fresh, piney resin coats the palate followed by moderately aggressive bitterness and then prominent floral notes and a bit of passion fruit. Was expecting more citrus and pineapple, but it didn’t really come though. Very dry, but hides the ABV extraordinarily well. Malt is far in the background, just my kind of triple IPA, dry, resinous, and very fresh. Glad I got my hands on this one. badhack (554) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
A very pleasant IPA to drink. Aroma of fresh hops, citrus and stone fruit. Some pine. Flavor is similar. The malt is a bit recessed but not weak. I thought the fruity flavors really come forth and there is a LONG bitter finish. That 10.2% is completely masked. Not very sticky or oily for a triple IPA. This is a bit hyped but it is also very good and up there with the best. theothermatt (286) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2015
On tap at Falling Rock. Great nose. Big aroma of citrus, pine, and earth. Very smooth, bitter and dry though the finish. Great pine taste, grass, spruce, and leather. It’s good, but not worth a three hour wait when there are so many others up to it’s standard.
krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Smooth piny aromas. Slightly hazy golden with white frothy head. So smooth with those signature hop flavors you expect from point but a even smoother delivery in a bigger beer. It lives up to the hype. Marheb (5773) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
(En fût au Hamilton’s Tavern): Un liquide ambré dense et brumeux qui respire des sucres résineux, on dirait que les Sierra au complet ont servi d’houblonnage à cru. C’est plein de fruits tropicaux également et malgré tout c’est assez bien équilibré, dans le sommet du spectre évidemment. Vraiment surpris par celle-là, je croyais que l’anticipation allait l’étouffer. fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Got to brewpub on release day at 5:30 am. In the pouring rain waiting. Patiently. At 1:55pm Pliny the Younger was in front of me.
Aroma was hoppy BO sweet beautiful.
Flavor. WORTH EVERY SOGGY MOMENT.. Juicy pine trees with the locker room kinda feel. Chose to taste Pliny the Elder for comparison. Subtle difference The difference in ABV was 3% & pulled off nicely. It takes a great brewer to create a outstanding base brew as Elder & improve to a higher ABV. Top 5 brews ever consumed.
NeuroPliny (247) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
This beer is all about the experience. I remember the first time I had it at Toronado during San Francisco beer week. When the cask was cracked the whole bar smelled like hops. I'm tasting it now for the second time at Russian River. I was worried I may have had an overly hyped memory of how good it was. I needn't have worried. It's even more awesome than I remembered. It pours clear golden amber with an off-white head. Nose is huge citrus, grapefruit, pine resin, caramel, orange peel, lemon, and roasted malts. Flavour is a perfect balance of California hoppiness and sweet malts. It doesn't get any better. ineedbeer (2154) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 8, 2015
On tap at the Bistro DIPA festival.
Aroma is nice with a lot of grapefruit, citrus, pine resin and tropical and stone fruit. Medium light malt notes with hints of caramel and honey. Some medium light alcohol spice.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a moderately sized, thick, white head with good retention.
Flavor is moderately sweet with a medium light malt character with hints of caramel that help hide the alcohol. High bitterness with a high hop character and medium light alcohol spice. The hops and malt help hide the alcohol well.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a really nice triple IPA. I forgot how good it is. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer isn’t too sweet. Lots of hop character.