BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Liarís Club - San Diego: Gold color, light head, lots of lacing. Nose of bright earthy hops and honey along with some floral notes. The flavor is huge in body, sweetness and alcohol with a whop of dry hops and bitterness. Cuts through the heat in my mouth fairly well! Long and grassy finish. I waited until the burning went away to enjoy the rest of this beer.
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft. 2/2006). The Younger is a nice, pale brew. Orange in color with a relatively quickly dissipating head. An aroma of HOPS that can be picked-up half-a-mile away and for hours after drinking it. Big, malty backbone and resiny hops dominate the flavor profile.
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Pliny the Younger made the journey across the country in a 22 oz. bomber, bottled from a 5 liter keg using a counterpressure filler by BA RedwoodGeorge. While the bottling was unofficial, the beer coming out of bomber was in a very good shape. The head was one finger thick, which is a little small for the style, but it did stay put for a good little while. The underlying body was clear pale orange, and well carbonated. The looks were classic DIPA, while aroma took the style up a few notches. The smell was enticingly grapefruity, and peppery, with a very sweet smelling malt backbone. The juiciness of the smell was certainly mouth watering, and the taste did not disappoint. Quite citric and pungent, the hop laden flavor was cut by a lot of malt sweetness. The low perceived bitterness and well hidden alcohol made for an easy to drink brew. The mouthfeel was sticky, minerally, and thick, with a peppercorn zest in the aftertaste. With so much to enjoy in each sip, there was nothing to complain about the time that I had draining my imperial pint. The alcohol only became evident as the beer came near room temperature, but never did it feel like an obtrusive spoilsport. This drank much easier than the 10.5% strength it possessed would have suggested. A craft brewing masterpiece that deserves all the hype it gets. This beer was big, but still in a very delicate state of balance. Muscular, clean, and beautiful, there was none of the sloppy flab in here found in so many big beers. A Charlize Theron among beers.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottle Aroma is fuming blast of acidic fresh spritizing strong and sour citrus of grapefruit, fresh spruce and a hint of perfumy essence. Pour is a oranged yellow rimmed clear pour, with a lacy spotted sheets on the class of clean white. Flavor is a sweet fresh grapefruit, lime and cilantro. Savory and gushing with a gentle sweet maltness that superbly comforts and carries the hops as a delicate and sumptumous hop elixir. A true ambrosia. If the malt lent a little more character, and the hops were a little more transformed into that mouth warming bready goodness, this would be a top 10. Nonetheless, itís an astoundingly drinkable high alcohol brew, with all those flavors carried perfectly, yet not leaving a harsh impression on the palate. Finishes actually quite sweet and floral, as opposed to typical dry grass, instead with lemongrass and a sweet cinnamon candy.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 (19365) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at OíBrienís, 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
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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...itís off the chart. The hop attack is intense and itís blended somehow with this tasty citrusy fruit that is just awesome. The 11% ABV is sooo misleading, because you canít even tell itís there. Completely drinkable, completely enjoyable...one of the best 3x IPAís Iíve had. Thanks aspidites!"
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.