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RATINGS: 769   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.35/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pliny the Younger was Pliny the Elders nephew, in the case of this beer, the "Younger" is a triple IPA. Pliny the Younger is hopped three times more than our standard IPA, and is dry hopped four different times.

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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mezr (125) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Served on tap at Russian River Brew Pub, Santa Rosa, California Thursday night. It glows a beautiful, deep, clear, orange color and produces no head, just a thin, white ring around its surface. I usually like seeing more of a head on this style of beer, but there was something so enticing about its stunning, solid color. Swirling the glass would immediately bring a white film to the surface, and it would dissipate just as fast as it had appeared. The aroma is an amazing blast of pine and fresh orange peel ... though not as overpowering as I had anticipated (feared) it would be having never had a triple IPA until now. On the palate it was full bodied, very slightly sticky, and its carbonation danced perfectly in my mouth. The taste sealed it with a perfect bitter. This is an intense beer that makes so many bold statements, and yet remains incredibly well balanced and so easy to drink. Ive been a fan of Pliny the Elder for years now, but its ultimately the impeccable balance of the Younger, and that equally amazing color thats sets it apart. Its nothing short of a brewers masterpiece.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pushkinwow (2769) - Ottawa, CANADA - MAR 9, 2017
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 doesnt become astringent, boozy and yummy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tancredonious (1) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2017 does not count
On draft at Monks Cafe Philly. The seven different hops definitely come through, very well-rounded, abundant hoppiness. Not too bitter, fruity, crisp, citrus. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (7388) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
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!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinsenn (2174) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (19933) - PCastle, 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 wasnt 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. Its almost oily from all of the hops, brimming with notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit and pine needles. I hate to say that its not my favorite Triple IPA but its certainly up there with only a handful of others worldwide that I have had the opportunity to taste.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Very long flavour, balanced malt&hops. Lingering bitterness. Great triple IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (4584) - Garching b. Mnchen, 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 dont go completely crazy about this.


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