SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy mgumby10. Clear gold/copper. Small, frothy, off white head. Huge hops here - fresh, floral, perfume, juicy citrus. Perfect amount of malt support. Medium to medium/full body, balanced. Great IIPA.
shigadeyo (2400) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009
6/13/2007: Pliny the Elder pours a pretty clear, bright copper/amber color with ultra fine carbonation. There is some spotty lacing as well. The aroma is really quite amazing and consists of sweet pineapple, grapefruit, pine, orange citrus, a hint of alcohol and some syrupy caramel and toffee. The flavor has a nice, somewhat sweet maltiness that deeps and then reveals a substaintial sugary citrus and resin bitterness that is quite good. The bitterness really isnít overpowering though. Overall this beer is very well balanced between the hefty maltiness and aggressive, yet somewhat reserved, biterness. Also, itís strong, but the alcohol is just barely noticeable. The finish has a nice, earthy hop leaf flavor without tasting like hop pellets or being too leafy. This beer has a medium-full body and is so smooth and very easy to drink considering that it is a quadruple IPA! Without a doubt, this is a very well crafted beer worthy of its high rating and associated hype! I bet the hop aroma and flavor just burst out of this beer when itís straight from the tap! Very nice!
12 oz bottle (hand-bottled from a growler) from illinismitty. Thank you very much Sean. I really appreciate it. You just might get that bottle of Dark Lord from me after all! Score: 9/4/8/4/18=4.3
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9/10/2008: Pliny the Elder pours out in a deep copper stram with a off-white head that leaves fine, detailed lacing. The aroma has a ton of hops and is like a cornucopia of fruit flavors: orange, pineapple, peach, pine, and grapefruit! The flavor has a mild toffee maltiness with lots of hops. The beer is overaly bitter and has plenty of pineapple and pine resin. This medium-bodiy beer is slick and has a long finish. Overall it is quite good, but it is even better on tap!
500 mL bottle (Bottled 073008 / 8% Alc. by Vol.) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Tom! Score: 9/4/7/3/16=3.9
ross (1943) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled sample from Sean. Thanks. Pours out a dark brown color without much of a head on it at all (I think this is due to the hand bottle). Smell is heavy of grapefruits, citrus fruits, pine, and sugars. Taste is sweet and bitter at first, and then the hops really kick in and take over, leaving nothing but a huge hop bomb in your mouth. I can still taste it, and I havent drank any of it in 3-4 minutes. Really good stuff, not as good as the younger, but this is certainly an awesome IPA. Thanks for this one Sean, it is well appreciated.
DarkMagus (456) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Slightly hazy golden color with a thick white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Pungent aroma of hops (grapefruit, pine, melon, and citrus). Rich malty base with hints of caramel and of course a huge burst of hops. Grapefruit, melon, pine, overall a very intense but well-integrated bitterness. Amazingly soft mouthfeel--very rich and initially slightly syrupy, but of course the hops eventually take over and create a supremely dry and astringent finish. I could drink this all day if it werenít for the hefty abv. Just amazingly rich, complex, and well-balanced. A great experience.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 Growler from Capones. Many thanks go to Jasonmech77 for putting me in contact with Matt at Capones. I have been looking for both Plinys for quite a while, the kegs always ran out before I showed up. Pours a hazy amber orange with an eggshell head. Aroma of grapefruit and floral hops. Initial flavor of toffee, caramel, and even a hint of biscuit. All this transitions to a juicy hop middle that is sweet and citrusy (orange, grapefruit, tangerine). What I really enjoy about the hop profile is that it is aggressive without being overdone or puckering. The finish is perfect, which leaves a pleasant leafy- resiny bitterness on the palate. What a masterful use of hops. I canít wait to try the Younger. Please, someone hook me up with that. The Elder also stays on my wants list. This beer lives up to the hype. Vinnie, please do the world a favor and bottle the Plinys.
bikesandbeers (546) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap a Stone World Bistro and Gardens. Sampled in unioniso with stone 10th, and Pliny to younger. Golden orange with a good white head. Very piney hop aroma. some grapefruit and over citrusy hops balenced with a good amount of carmely malt. A lot less agressive then younger or tenth.
JohnnyJ (3529) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2010 On tap at stone. Golden, slightly orange pour with a good white head. Aroma of hops, sweet malt, grapefruit, and light fruit. Flavors of piney hops, citrus, caramel, malt, orange, and slightly floral. Smooth and easy to drink for a IIPA. Very well done.
7-29-10 Fresh bottle one week old. Super fresh resinous hops, tropical fruit, extremely piney and bitter, dank, almost tastes like the ocean. Love it.
hellomynameis (872) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2007 Goldish golour with a medium sized white head. Kind of has a sweeish aroma with lots of piney hops in there as well, a bit of grapefruit in there as well. The tatse is very dry and well hopped. Has a pretty astringent finish ut it is still quite yummy.
Ungstrup (26193) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(hand?) Bottled. A golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet hoppy and malty with a lovely fresh grapefruit note. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of fruit - especially grapefruit - leading to a good bitter finish.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy realale420. Pours a relatively clear copper color with a medium off white head. Big, fresh piney hop aroma fills the nostrils, along with some grapefruit citrus. Smells fresh. Really smooth taste, goes down easy. Seems to be balanced really well. Big hops, but not really bitter as some are. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste, but finishes really clean. Not a monster of an IPA, but a really nicely flavored delicious one. Great hop balance. Excellent!