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RATINGS: 714   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.34   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Pliny the Younger was Pliny the Elderís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3327) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
On tap at OíBriens in San Diego. Quite a piney-bitter hop aroma in the nose. Smells like a christmas tree lot. Transparent light golden color with small whitish head. Could certainly be darker and more amber/copper-like. Wow, sweet orangey-peppery spicy start turning more sweet in the middle with some alcohol burn. Finishes bitter with grapefruit. An aggressive beer that teeters on the edge of being too much, but there is enough maltiness to make this enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Surprise, surprise, surprise - tart, bitter, some floral-like hops at the front and a nice slope of coriander, cardamom, and maybe apricot or star fruit (just kidding about the star fruit) at the finish. I had a dinky little glass of this one and next time I will tip the bartender into tossing over a full pint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Boulder Strong Ale Fest 05, Rating #11: Beer pours dark golden with a dissipating egg white head. Aroma is BIG hops with some hairspray and alcohol. Flavor is Big hops, sweet and resiny. This is good Big beer. Yum!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
on-tap @ Toronado. beer is a bright gold with a nice white head that retains well and leaves lots of sticky lace. aroma is amazing-every charecter you would associate with American hops (at full volume)-pine, citrus, floral, along with a mild maltiness, and a well restrained alcohol note. very harmonious. flavor is amazing, with a balance (dry body, lots of hops) that makes this beer still an IPA, not a barleywine. mouthfeel a little fuzzy (not that Iím sure you can help it with a beer this big...). amazing drinkability for a beer of its size. best double (Vinnie calls it triple) IPA Iíve ever had. It really throws down the gauntlet to other brewers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2005 On Tap @ Russian River What a pleasant surprise! There wasnít supposed to be any more of this until August. 1st day on tap @ the brewery. Better than I remember. Incredible, intense hop aroma, lots of pine note from the generous doses of Simcoe hops. I almost didnít want to drink it it smelled so good! Amber color, small whitish head. Intense complex hop flavors, (5 different hops) A veritable explosion of flavor. Hides the alcohol well. full bodied malt character. Great finish, wonderful hoppy aftertaste. All Hail Vinny!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Draft at OíBriens - yahoo!. Clear amber color with a small off-white head that diminished to a ring of bubbles. Sweet malty aroma with grapefruit and floral hops. Flavor is rich and mellow in the malts with lots of asseritve and grapefruit hops. Yum! Thick full body with a round mouthfeel and easy carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2005
05 Boulder Strong Ale Festival: Slightly cloudy & golden; very frothy, lasting head. Creamy-smooth, weighty and velvety, with a tingly carbonation. Malt notes of light chocolate, toffee, light toast. Fruity: orange, lemon. Sweet: hint of honey. Other elements of spices, flowers, herbs and a tea-like lemon grass note. Some pine and a nip of cleaner. Dryish, bitter finish. Nice balance. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6257) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 Draught, Falling Rock. Head is white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough). with a note of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Have had this two or three times and just donít get the appeal of it...itís got very little of interest in the aroma, and although is pretty well-balanced for the style, itís nothing special for me overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2089) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 8, 2005
pours golden with a whitish head. aroma is grass clippings and citrus. syrupy mouthfeel and very bitter. so much hop to this it hurts a little. caramel peaks through the mass of hop flavor. there is a candy corn like finish with more hops to boot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 On Tap. Pours yellow/orange with a whispy white head. Aroma is all hops. Pine, oranges, maybe some grapefruit and grassy. Flavor is shockingly sweet. Followed up by the hop assault I had originally expected. Re-rated Cask- Absolute brilliant beer! Big hoppy aromas still but the up-front sweetness is somewhat subdued now. Just a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Over-the-top in just about every category. I couldnít drink this beer daily but as an occasional treat itís great.

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