Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - APR 24, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.
The color a light yellowish orange, hazy with a great amount of foamy and bubbly white head.
The smell is very piny. The floral hops are very evident here. It tickles your nose and gives you a preview of things to come.
Finally the taste, the taste that has been building for months and it is good. The amount of hops is pushing through all other flavors. Being an IPA it gives you just the right amount of hops, floral and some citrus hops as well.
It has a great feel to this beer. It is a fantastic brew. An IPA for the ages and it really is worth the wait.
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pliny made it all the way to NZ in pretty good shape!
hazy, light amber, small fluffy head. aromas of pineapple, pine, citrus, peaches maybe and caramel maltiness. Flavor is kinda sweet, resiny and all of the above. Bitterness is high but suprsingly not off the chart. Very tasty indeed.
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2009 Bottled - 23/01/2009.
Pours peachy golden with very fine, quickly dispersing head. Very appealing in the glass, makes me want to take a sip. Aroma. Grapefruit, pine, lemons. Citrus and pine. Waves of it.Taste - more grapefruit and resin, mmm, a hop explosion, with lasting bitterness. Hints of turkish delight. Very fine in the mouth soft bubbles allowing full the hop flavour thru. Donít taste the alcohol. So hoppy but so light. A gorgeous drop
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Deep Ellum in Allston,MA. Waited a few hours to try this treat. Looked dark orange with a small white head. This was in a dark bar, so excuse me if I am wrong. Wonderful aroma of pine and citrus hops. This IPA was so good, that my awesome girlfriend(not an IPA fan) really enjoyed it. Shared with a German hop farmer(awesome guy). Great experience, awesome beer. Thanks Russian River and Deep Ellum for this great IPA.
joKing (11) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This bottle is the same as the other bottles Iíve had in NZ. And I think it is unbelievable... here is why:
It has so much drinkability. I can appreciate the lovely Caramel notes in there... the peaches, passionfruit and pine on the nose: they are all so obvious. There is so much balance on the palate. The flavour follows through perfectly - there are no hidden suprises... no even with bitterness. Itís not too think, not too thin, not too sweet and not too dry.
It is perfection in a pint
Hopeye (39) - Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is ridiculous. If Pliny the Elder were a woman, Iíd marry her and weíd never leave the bedroom. Iím talking about the beer, of course, not the Roman historian. From draft or from the bottle, once itís in a glass you want to drink it with your nose. I havenít actually tried that yet, but I might. I just might. I heard on a recent tour of Dogfish Head Brewery that Russian River bought their fermenter from Sam at Dogfish. I think Pliny learned from the spirit of the DFH 90 Minute how to be a hoptastic brew.
KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think they should call this PINEY the Elder. Lots of piney hops in the aroma and the flavor. Much less citrusy than PtY, but a little tighter as well. Finish is tight piney bitterness that leaves you lip-smacking minutes later.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange pour, small sticky white head. Aroma is grapefruit but not as big as I thought it would be. Flavor is a big grapefruit blast and damn is this beer dry, itís like chewing on hops. Very resiny aftertaste and itís stripping the taste buds off of my tongue. Almost too bitter but the focus is defintely just on hops here. Overal a bone dry grapefruit bomb and I expected a little more out of it.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on tap at the RR Brewpub in Santa Rosa. While not quite up to the standard of its Younger nephew, a damn fine beer. Like the Younger, poured to a light orange-amber color, with thin white head and good lacing. The nose and taste, while a little subdues than PTY, were still strongly citrus hops with a hint of floral, as well as alcohol kicking in at mid-glass. Mouthfeel was dry and bitter, all rounding to a long, somewhat bittersweet finish.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(500 ml bottle ("bottled on 03 09 09") via trade with WeeHeavySD, thanks Jon!) Pours hazy light golden amber with two fingers of off white head. Strong aroma of pine and grapefruit, fairly sweet and a bit sweaty. Mouthfeel fairly smooth but lightly pebbly, a touch sticky. Light, droopy, foamy rings of lacing. Flavor of big pine and grapefruit - quite bitter and biting. Hints of softer caramel sweetness underneath but very hop-dominated. Hops are a bit juicy and have a hint of sweat. Some alcohol apparency at times. I need a little more malt backbone to really like a big IPA and this one was just a bit unbalanced for me.