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RATINGS: 737   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.35   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is light golden yellow, slightly hazed, dense off white head...smell is very piney...little better balanced with some sweetness which seems to be more easily attributed to the alcohol, not malt...bitter...bitter...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF 2005. Big head, light cloudy yellow, slow bubbles. Rich, resiny hop aroma, leafy. Palate is bitter hops. Juicy. Long bitter and leafy finish. Solid medium body, not at all overdone.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2005
While I am remiss in not sampling a large amount of beers I wished toget to at GABF I am not the least bit sad for standing at Russian River booth many times to have this and others over and over. Dlightfully hoppy and a joy to be abloe to sample the fresh hoppiness of what was being brewed the day I visited.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6358) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF 2005: Clean golden hue with good head and lace. The nose has a big massive hop attack, fresh and pungent with some additional grainy, grassy, and dusty esters. The taste is pure hop head delight. Is this dry-hopped because it sure seems that way? I found a good bready and biscuity balance. The feel is equally crisp and biting, fresh and lovely. Wow! For someone who isnít always into big hoppy brews, something about this really worked for me. I like it better than either The Elder or the just tasted Oggis Hop Whompus.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 Bright golden body with mild haze and a pure white, cottony head. Aroma of cut grapefruit, pine needles, and grass. Alcohol is totally masked in the nose. Very citrusy, tropical flavor with more grassy notes. Alcoholic feel, but goes down easy with nicely lacerative bitterness. Good but can be a little grassy and hot. I prefer the Elder for sheer hop goodness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2005 golden color rocky white head. A light bitter hop grapefruit and grass nicely subdued. Light carb well coated oily. Grassy bitter lots of bitter.. lots of hops grapefruit and grass, and pine, ooh a hop kick in the nuts. Some good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5362) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Hand bottled: Courtesy of Crosling via trade. Great grapefruit hop aroma. Pours a transparent golden-orange with a insignificant head. Very citrusy and sweet up front with a strong orange presence. Great grapefruit hop finish to balance the sweet citrus. Alcohol is just a tad noticeable in the finish. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Yellow gold. Tight, small white bubbles struggle to the surface. Orange marmalade, pine needles, chamomile, hopsack, and peach fuzz aromas. Decadently thick, but itís much fuzzier than it is creamy. Initially gooey with palate-hugging resins and a gentler underlay of juicy hops. Resinous viscosity delays the inevitable hop bludgeon, but thatís not to say the oils havenít already inflicted substantial damage to the taste buds. Sappy sweetness is overwhelming, yet the hops do retain a significant level of juicy brightness. Hops discharge a strapping sting of tannins as they climax, but the bitterness remains secondary to the explosive hop flavors. Merely a light brush of dusty malts. Odd aspirin notes dull the overall brightness and add to the disagreeable mixture of spent tealeaves and a hint of overripe tropical fruit acidity. Finishes oversweet and mushy with a citrus marmalade and honey drenched pale malt fusion as melon seeds and tangerines linger. The aroma suffers from being one-dimensionally hoppy (once again, Amarillo is likely the culprit), and beneath that, thereís some unpleasant meatiness. Flavorwise, Vinnieís done a marvelous job at extracting every drop of hop flavor imagineable, but the resinous goo largely overshadows the brighter hop traits. Soidly done.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joet (2322) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Visible resins floating on the top of this ridiculously hoppy IPA, deep golden with light white foam. Iím glad this lacks the extreme compensatory sweetnes of other hop monsters though Iím sure thereís afair bit of sugar here. The body is also spared milk shake thickness while still being substantial. This is excellent. I was happy to grab a second pint -- yes, it was served in pints (mistakenly?) at the brewery though I canít confirm the 11% ABV. Very close to perfection here. Probably the best thing Iíve had this year.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Shared from a growler courtesy of goldtwins: Pours a clear, deep, rich golden bronze with a thick, frothy, well-lacing white head. Aroma is loaded with tons of citrus and piney hops and decent sugary malty balance. Starts with a mild sticky malty sweetness and tons of bittering hops. Lots of citrusy piney hop flavor and a sticky, bittersweet, warming finish. This seems like itís too young and needs more balance. This reminds me a lot of Founders Devil Dancer. A monster of a beer that is perhaps overhopped if there is such a thing.


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