highibus (780) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a lightly hazy yellow straw with fluffy white head. Aroma is not as intense as I would have imagined. Bottled on date is 032309. Drinking on 062709. So should be fairly fresh. I am letting it warm a bit. Not much different. Medium to heavy body, nice malt presence to balance the great hops. Very nice, just wish I could smell it better. Just moved to Seattle so maybe I have not adjusted to the climate yet and my nose is lagging.
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with a big thanks to Italarican. Pours a murky orange, with a somewhat oily viscosity. Head isnt huge, but laces well. Nose is full of grapefruit zest with maybe a touch of Apricot and some spruce branch. Flavor is big on the citrus/grapefruit with some serious northwoods pine thrown in. Palate is very viscous , almost to the point of chewy.....in a really good way. Excellent bitter to it, which is not overpowering, but seems to blend well and make this one of the best IIPAís Ive had.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all what a beer. The aroma is wonderful, like a bowl of fresh fruit. I could smell this beer all my life if I could. The taste is such a perfect balance of malt & hops. Right when the bitterness kicks in the malt backbone smooths it out perfectly. If there was one beer I had to drink the rest of my life this would be it. I wish it was easier to get.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2010 Bottle BIG thanks to Hophead22. Beautiful floral hop aroma. notes of fruits and flowers on a nice spring morning. They should make pliny the elder cologne. Also a little grapefruit, big juicy hops. This is such a nice beer. Perfectly balanced sweet caramel malts and some grapeffuit. I want to drink this every day for the rest of my life. Considering a flyout to RR just for pliny the younger next time itís released.
rerate. numerous bottles. fresh bottles at that. the hop character on this beer is not what i remember. did they change something? More recent batches have seemed syrupy and lack the beautiful bouquet of aromas I remember. wtf is going on. maybe itís just me.
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Bright golden color, big foamy white head. Unbelievably huge nose, can smell it from across the room, but a lovely aroma so itís all good, grapefruit, citrus, other background flora. Flavor is big grapefruit, juicy citrus, some pine, and malts to back up the hop explosion. Dry, clean finish, remarkably little lingering bitterness--smooth, refreshing, and really drinkable. Best IPA Iíve had so far (and Iím not generally a big fan of the style).
BuckeyeSammy (604) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Fathers Office in LA. First impression: serious nose of strong piney hops. Amber color, light head. Great lacing on my glass. A piney hop blast on my palale with a fair ammount of malt to counteract. Nicely balanced until the finish. Long bitter tail end, not overwhelming. Great citrus/ pine hopped balance. Great IPA!
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Ketih. Enjoyed this one at room temperature. It was very good nonetheless. Not an overpowering aroma like some hop-bombs, but refined and balanced. Good pine and citrus aroma. Such balanced flavors in this one. The grapefruit really stands out, but itís one of the more balanced and drinkable IPAs Iíve had. Iíve had the Younger one time, and this is probably better in pure drinkability. Awesome job.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep gold. aroma of grapefruit and orange and this thing just really HITS the nose. Tastes of plants, herbs, grapefruit, orange, and with more caramel and white bread flavor than Blind Pig. Finishes with toast, butter, earth, and light grapefruit. Bitter, but more flavorful. So perfectly made you may very well cry.
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Zythum. Bottled 5/13/09. Light amber pour with nice white head. Nice citrus hop aroma. As I was pouring, the deliscious smell came out at me. The taste is hoppy, very hoppy. Nice malt backbone to go along with the extreme hop experience. The hops give off a little spiciness. Nice lacing on the glass.
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled on 5/26/09. Pours a orangish gold, slightly hazy, with a bit white head that quickly dissipates until a 1mm head stays stuck to the surface. Awesome aroma of orange juice, pineapple, and hops. Flavors of orange juice and pineapple are prominent. The hops are wonderful, and thereís a surprising amount of malt flavor as well. Punches you in the throat with bitterness but quickly fades; a very pleasant rush. Nice and crisp with a bit of wonderful bubbly goodness. Iím surprised how easy this is to drink. I will have to make this a regular pickup when Iím in California.