Natai (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013pushkinwow (2781) - Ottawa, CANADA - MAR 9, 2017
Itís been a couple of hours since I had a 10oz pour at the Russian River Brewpub on Valentineís Day, last day of the Younger. Iím going to compare this to the Elder, because if youíve had the Younger, youíve probably had the Elder.
Thereís no doubt that the Younger beats the bottled Elder hands down, but Elder on tap is a different story. The bouquets are very similar, but the Younger is a little more hoppy and a little drier in the finish.
Personally, I think I prefer the Elder (just barely). It strikes me as more balanced and a little more drinkable (which could be a bad thing). Either way, itís a damn fine beer you should not hesitate to try if given the chance.
On tap at Capones for the 2017 release. After having a bunch of fun in line drinking a coupe of beers, came in to a reserved table (thanks Matt) and sat down to enjoy the beer. Served fairly cold in a small snifter, side by side with Elder and Bling Pig which was pretty interesting. Younger was dryer and smoother than the other two, fairly strong resin but balanced with tangerine, melon and grapefruit along with a fairly strong malt presence. Bitterness is strong but doesnít become astringent, boozy and yummy. tancredonious (1) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2017 does not count
On draft at Monkís Cafe Philly. The seven different hops definitely come through, very well-rounded, abundant hoppiness. Not too bitter, fruity, crisp, citrus. Excellent. HoppyToday (6) - Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2017 does not count
This beer smells of pine with a beautiful golden orange color. It is very hop forward with a lot of pine and a bit of floral in the follow through. It feels heavier on the palate than most IPAs do. An outstanding beer. BuckeyeBoy (7510) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Draft pour to take out ;) pours out golden nose is sweet dank hops plenty caramel. Taste is more of the caramel malt sweetness and some dank hops. fcjack1 (272) - Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2017 On tap at the Side Street Cafe. Pours golden in color. Very thin white head. Scent is pine and hops. Taste is some sweetness, hops. Both linger for a bit. Very tasty!
kevinsenn (2180) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2017
Finally! On tap at City Beer, SF, labelled as "?". Amazing pine tropical citrus aroma. Mmmmmm smooth taste with great balance. Boozy, citrus, resin, pine. Awesome. Love it. Beerhunter111 (20331) - PīCastle, GERMANY - FEB 23, 2017
Slightly hazy golden colour. Aroma of intense bitter hops, lot of citrus, grapefruit. Taste of quite bitter grassy hops, tons of citrus, grapefruit, long bitter fruity finish, good! derA (90) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 20, 2017
Thanks to the anonymous donor of the sample: I have waited quite a while for this and I really wasnít sure if I would ever try a Pliny the Younger. Much as was my experience with Pliny the Elder, I understand now why this is such a defining beer for its style and even its region. Pliny the Younger is a very well executed West Coast Triple IPA, it has all the typical hop notes of a good West Coast IPA just condensed into a much more intense experience. Itís almost oily from all of the hops, brimming with notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit and pine needles. I hate to say that itís not my favorite Triple IPA but itís certainly up there with only a handful of others worldwide that I have had the opportunity to taste. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Very long flavour, balanced malt&hops. Lingering bitterness. Great triple IPA. SinH4 (4708) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 20, 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, which is why I donít go completely crazy about this.