winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Very tasty beer that is the most subtle and deceiving of any 11% beer i have had. Good solid bitterness and hop flavor, with balancing maltiness. This is the best strong IPA i have had. omhper (25744) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2006
Draught at O’Brien’s, San Diego. Clear deep golden, no head. Massive grapefruity hop aroma. Sweet with rounded mouthfeel and loads of perfumy hops. Striking bitter finish. A hop monster with finesse (and a fair bit of alcohol.) FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Draft. Deep golden color with a medium sized white head. Heavy citrus hop aroma, with some sweet malt underpinings. Crushing fruit and pine hop flavors. Extremely resinous finish. Mouthfeel is medium, mouth coating dryness. awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 On tap. Amber peach coloring with a touch of white sparkling head. Wow, this is the hoppiest smelling beer I have ever laid my hands on. Fresh blue spruce Christmas tree aromas blow me away. I wish I could say there are other sublte aromas peaking through, but this beer smells hoppy through and through. Amazing. The texture of this beer is almost that of tree sap. The hoppy resinousness coats the tongue in an incredibly smooth manner. Hops, hops, hops, hops, hops. This is the hoppiest beer I have ever tested. The finish is very long and hmmmm..... hoppy. Just good. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Is it possible that the Younger is better than the Elder? Aroma is just fantastic with enough hop aroma to stop a rhino. Plus there is grapefruit and some apricots that just make it insane. Appearance is copper in color with a thin white head. As for the flavor...wow...it’s off the chart. The hop attack is intense and it’s blended somehow with this tasty citrusy fruit that is just awesome. The 11% ABV is sooo misleading, because you can’t even tell it’s there. Completely drinkable, completely enjoyable...one of the best 3x IPA’s I’ve had. Thanks aspidites!"
fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Draft at San Diego Brewing Company. What a beer!!!!! Pours caramel golden. Head was pretty decent. Aromas that I could have sat and sniffed all day. Grapefruit, green, floral, wonderfully sweet and hoppy. Flavors were wonderfully similar. Grapefruit juice, some vanilla and more citrusy hops. Rather viscous mouth feel and a decent alcohol warming. Man I loved this stuff. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Sampled at Lupulin Slam III, 2006. Pours clear copper with an off-white head. Amazing hop orgy aroma, like mainlining pine and grapefruit. Flavor of intense pine, grapefruit, orange, sweet pale malt, caramel and citrus. Bold and massive tasting with a slight tinge of alcohol that doesn’t detract. Very full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Just amazing stuff. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 This beer is a Triple IPA by style and has 3 times the amount of hops found in Russian River’s regular IPA, and is dry hopped 4 times. It comes in at a mighty 11% abv and the brewery states "GOBS of BU’s" or bitterness units. I don’t know how many are in this beer, but it has to be well over the 100 IBU mark.
I am happy to say I had the pleasure of enjoying some Pliny the Younger IPA, as this beer just lives and breaths hops. It has massive hop aroma, hop flavor, and hop bitterness, and was the perfect beer to end a tasting of hoppy beers with. This is a draught only beer, that can only be found at the brewery/brewpub in Santa Rosa, and select markets in Northern and Southern California. Pliny the Younger IPA pours to a beautiful deep golden color with a thick and creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer hits you from a mile a way. Very pungent, very zesty aromas of lemon/citrus and pine flood the nose in a major way. The smell of this beer alone is hoppier than some IPA’s. The palate is firm with good pale and biscuit malt that supports wonderful, zesty, juicy grapefruit/lemon hop flavor. Pliny the Younger finishes with more zesty hop flavor up front, then ends with a mouth puckering, zesty and tangy hop bitterness that explodes on the tongue and lingers for quite some time.
Hops, hops, and more hops. This beer is a neutron bomb of hop character. Pliny the Younger IPA is not for the timid, and is an extreme hop blast of a beer. This beer is dangerously drinkable, and all that pungent hop character masks the fact this beer is 11% abv. You could get into some real trouble if you did not drink this one in moderation, but it is one anyone who loves hops must try. A beer like this should not be matched with food. Enjoy this one slowly, and savor every drop. bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 28, 2006
lupulin slam #3. lightish amber. remarkably mild aroma (or my nose has shut down, this was beer #11), herbal spicy hops. medium body, big malt, and tons of spicy/herbal finish. triple IPA it is. Would love to put down a case of this and see how it ages. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - JAN 26, 2006
Tap @ Barclay’s. Would you like some hops with your hops? If so, then this beer is for you. Piney, sweet hoppy nose with a piney and very citrusy (grapefruit) flavor. Strong, big bodied, and alcoholic.