glennmastrange (2368) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt notes of roasted and caramel, pine and orange peel for the hops. light dough for the yeast, with hints of date and pepper. Head is average size, creamy/frothy, orangey off-white, with fair spotty lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is moderately acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily, with a lively carbonation and a clean crisp finish. This DIPA was so easy to rate. When you know what youíre looking for in your favorite style all of it jumps out at you when itís of the quality of beers like this.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, somewhat hazy amber with a creamy beige head. Awesome nose, rich caramel malt, balanced hops. The flavor is a huge hops burst with citrus notes that leads into a long, bitter finish. Itís got enough resinous malt to give it some body and a hint of Malt sweetness. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Sweet and bitter IIPA with a nice complexity in the background.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Twelve ounce bottle pours a mostly clear golden amber body with a large offwhite head that retains very nicely and caps all the way down. Lavish sticky lacing clings to the glass. Intense aroma of sharp and astringent wet hops. Earthy, leafy, citrusy, minty, and hempy notes sting the nose. Not quite the cat urine notes I get from Hopslam, but close. Ripe plum and some softer floral notes like Two Hearted Ale add to the aromatic smorgasbord. Creamy medium body is well carbonated and has a resinous feel. Taste is all about the hops. Citrusy, earthy, floral, grassy and minty. A soft nectar like honey sweetness struggles to balance. Alcohol is well hidden. Superb! Blends the best attributes oof its kindred, Two Hearted and Hopslam, into its own unique identity. Challenging, tasty, and satisfying.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-yellow, off white head. Sweet malty caramel, citrusy hops. Taste is much hoppier, light bitter, citrusy, sweet malt.
Suttree (5339) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I call something a hop bomb, I usually mean that as a compliment. Thatís certainly the case here - Very hop forward, floral and piney, both in the aroma and flavor, maybe a even a little salty (in a good way), as well. Crisp, dry finish that leaves you wanting more.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into tulip. Pours copper with one finger head and thin lace. Nose of floral, graipfruit, pineapple, pine and malt. A little sweet up front; but not due to malt overload. Hoppy and bitter (Amirillo) on the finish. Alcohol is well masked. A very well balanced brew, but it didnít quite live up to ALL the hype. Although Iíd still pay the $5 for another, if I cold find one.
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a clear deep amber with a light white head.
S: Piney, citrusy, and hoppy.
T: Good balance between piney hops and sweet malt with a good hoppy bitter finish.
M: Light bodied and well carbonated.
D: The 10.0% abv never shows itself, even as it warms. This is a superb IIPA.
RyanMM (412) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy amber with a moderate head. Lacing is full and thick. Nose explodes with hops on the citrus and resiny side of the spectrum. Slightly sweet but quickly fading into a significant if not intense bitterness. The sweetness helps make up for the lack of malt and the hop imbalance, normally Iíd say I wasnít a fan but in this instance I can appreciate what this beerís doing. I havenít had any of the west coast IIPAs that this is emulating/paying tribute to, so I donít have any basis for comparison, but if Pliny is like this, Iíll look forward to trying it. Creamy and full mouthfeel, a little oily, the 10% ABV is exquisitely buried underneath all those bitter hops.
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark murky orange with a medium head. Aroma of apricot and orange, with hints of grapefruit and pine. Strongly bitter and acidic. Light fruitiness and floral notes. Moderate caramel malts.
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pors clear copper with an average, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, cookie, caramel), heavy hops (floral, spicy, citrus, pine), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, biscuit), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol and peach. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with dry and bitter finish.