brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle date 7/10/08
Pours hazy, pale gold with a two inch head of porous white. A few dots and streaks cling to the glass after the retreat, and a partial skim coat remained.
Aromatics are a pungent blend of fruit, pine, alcohol, and malt.
Spruce bark, peach skins, mango pulp, orange zest, and sugar-dusted grapefruit.
Mild malt notes mingle with a slight alcohol waft.
On the chewy side of medium bodied, with a sticky, almost sappy mouthfeel. Still very dry and crisp though.
Bitter citrus fruits and light malt lead off the pallet. Grapefruit, pine resin, orange rind, and mangoe pit.
Somewhat earthy and leafy, with a persisting, drying bitterness.
A grapefruit at the foot of a pine tree.
Finishes with some warming alcohol stepping through the lupulus, and lingering, drying bitter citrus.
Incredibly drinkable and very dry. The biiterness is right at the threshold of cutting back on the drinkability.
Great to see this fine brew in bottles.
More mad props go out to BA RblWthACoz for such a great trade!
jndell15 (10) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - DEC 21, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Overheard a guy say, "I’m kinda underwhelmed, I mean the best thing you can say about it is that it’s perfectly balanced". Lol. Fantastic IPA
teorn88 (2890) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlog rating. Colin Brings The Goods tasting at Kernel tap room, London. It pours an unclear light golden color with a large white soapy head. Aroma is intensely hoppy, fresh, crispy, and piny, with notes of grapefruit, dank, grass, citrus peel and resin. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter, not much in the way of booze. Notes of pine cones, toffee, citrus leaves, grapefruit peel, light dunk, bread, biscuit, orange zest. Finishes lightly bitter and dry, quite citrusy. Overall, delicious, even if Colin says its past its glorious absolute peak days. In any case, many thanks Colin for such great generosity, cheers!
PhilJackson80 (379) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
520 ml Bottle. Tasted on 12/19/14. Bottle courtesy of Espo. Bottle date 11/12/14. Outstanding aroma from this one with great floral & citrus notes. The taste was balanced with tons of hop flavor without being overly bitter. A great beer overall.
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clawson6847 (2) - - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Quintessential IPA. I've been waiting and waiting to get my palate around this beer, and the time has finally come. Pure delight from the first sip to the last.
ElCapitan22 (138) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice deep gold color. Smells floral and hoppy. Tastes amazing! Tastes bitter and hoppy, but no over done on either end. Such a shame that we don’t see this more than once a year!
IvoR (74) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is all about freshness. From the many warnings on the label to the date of bottling printed on the bottle (purchased from the brewery) which was less than a week earlier. And the aroma and taste all speak about it. That’s what makes the brew special but other than that, I did not find it particularly outstanding. Still worth trying it.
loubar (84) - Los Gatos, California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2014 Nose of floral citrus. Taste is grapefruit, citrus peel and pine balanced with subtle caramel and sweetness. Rich depth of flavor and mouth feel. Finishes wonderfully clean and dry. Impressive the way the flavors blend so coherently. Alcohol and hops well hidden in richness of flavors. Bitterness only at the finish. Uncommon and outstanding. Not an everyday brew.
kespecial (34) - - DEC 9, 2014
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hard to find the words...Pliny is simply the best, the Platonic ideal of Imperial west coast IPA. A beautiful orange, with thin white head and continuous little streams of bubbles. Aroma is citrus, hops. Taste is powerful grapefruit and pine balanced with subtle caramel notes. Nice depth of flavor and mouthfeel; delightfully chewy. Finishes wonderfully clean and dry. Hard to analyze as the flavors merge so coherently here. Alcohol perceptible only in richness of flavors. Near perfect.
BiereLuc (974) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Embouteillée le 1er septembre, bue le 1er décembre - Est-ce que 3 mois est trop vieux pour une Pliny? Let’s see! Chose sûre, dès que j’en ai une fraîche entre les mains, je révise mon évalutation) - Bière dorée, limpide, scintillante; elle mousse avec retenue. Le nez offre toujours de joyeux houblons, encore assez vivants (j’irais même à écrire qu’ils frétillent, mais j’ai peur qu’on me taxe d’over-poétique). En bouche, les houblons sont relativement résineux et fruités. Je ne sens pas leur âge (évidemment, j’écris avec aucun comparatif de fraîcheur). Le profil aromatique est excellent. Parfait? Non! Mais définitivement au-dessus de la moyenne supérieure. Nous avons affaire à une double IPA d’exception qui mérite amplement sa réputation. Désormais, qu’on m’en serve une fraîche!
TylerGreenDC (392) - - NOV 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft. Aroma-free? (At least here.) Nice lacing. Flavors of grapefruit, orange, hazelnut (walnut?) and something bitter and chewy at the finish. Flavors come in waves. Still a classic.