Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 21, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is quite simply the very best IPA...in the world. The aroma smacks you in the face - huge citrusy, piney, sweet aroma. The smell might honestly be the best part. Iíve been known to just keep sniffing the bottle after Iím done drinking, like a crazy person. For such as strong beer (10%+) it is eminently quaffable and medium-bodied. This is not a syrupy, barleywine-ish IPA, it is a bright, refreshing ale that just happens to have a monstrous alcohol content. Just a gorgeous, perfect beer. Better than either Pliny (both of which are top 10 for me), this would be the one beer I would drink if I had to drink only one for the rest of my life.
barn0216 (395) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, clear amber medium head with some lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, wet hay, toffee, weird. Bitterness of flavor, some caramel maltiness, well balanced. Let this one breathe: aroma/taste characteristics shift smoothly throughout the tasting.
rich916 (84) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades leaving behind some nice lacing.
Aroma of grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and light pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts and a touch of booze.
Taste starts off with lots of grapefruit and citrus hops with some good bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some more light bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops good bitterness and some sweet caramel malts with a touch of booze.
Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation
bytemesis (2952) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a small creamy white head that leaves some lacing. Strong strong initial aroma of grapefruit, pine, hay, and cat urine. Initial flavor is strongly bitter and very lightly sweet with a bit of caramel way underneath the hoppy flavors. Total hop bomb, and my initial impression was that this was simply too much of a good thing. However, as the beer breathed it changed character noticeably and become much more appealing. The cat piss faded underneath the grapefruit and pine, and some caramel/toffee notes came out to provide nuance and balance. Creamy and somewhat oily in the mouth. Medium body. This is a very interesting beer, and well worth a try whether you like it or not.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and light pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts and a touch of booze.
T - Starts off with lots of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some good bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some more lightly resiny bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops good bitterness and some sweet caramel malts with a touch of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really great big hoppy profile with good bitterness and great balance throughout.
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, and now I canít remember who shared it- but thanks! Pours a clear copper-gold color with a small eggshell head. Aroma of citrusy hops, caramel, brown sugar, and fruit cocktail. Flavor of resinous hops, caramel, toasted sugar, and citrus peel. Light-medium bodied, with a resinous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. More sweet than hoppy. Not bad, though.
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of crackers, grapefruit, cat piss, mustiness, pine and light skunkbud. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit, light orange zest and pine with a smooth dry bitter lingering earthy grapefruit finish.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: August 05, 2012
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: cloudy yellow, fine white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet crystal aroma, citrus and pine, light mustyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, crystal sweetness, lots of peppery pine, touch of citrus, light balancing bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
thome50 (989) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via a liquor store who has been promised a case of Pliny the Younger later this month. Pours a deep amber orange with light white head. Aroma is piny and boozy, almost a bourbon aroma. Taste is solid with grapefruit, light stone fruit, some hops to even things out and a lot of sweetness and heat. Very syrupy which is slightly off putting with this much alcohol. Slightly like cough syrup. Detracted from the overall experience. Nice beer otherwise but could tone down the alcohol a bit.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Clear golden yellow with a big fluffy head and nice lacing. Insane aroma, its all about the hops, lots of grapefruit peel with some floral, ganja, pine and cat pee. Flavor is very bitter with an underlying malt presence and a slight alcohol burn. Medium body with a resiny mouth feel. This is a fantastic beer, so much hop character stuffed into this bottle and super drinkable for the high abv. Very well done.