MeadMe (1473) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Pours a nice bright clear golden hue with a nice fluffy two finger head. The retention is great and it takes quite sometime to die to a simple collar. Nice big thick chunks of lace are left all the way down the glass.
S: Wow do I love the aroma of Pliny. Bold citrus hops just rush from the glass. Tons of fresh cut grass and spicey hops round things out. This one is not lacking in the aroma department.
T: Ah, Just as good as I remember. This one put the hop in hop bomb. Tons of fresh citrus bites at the tongue. Green grass and hop cones take over in the middle. Spicey hops with a big blast of bitter round things out. This one is a masterpiece no matter how you drink it.
M: Medium to full bodied, nice and smooth with good carbonation.
D: Wonderful, still my favorite. I rated slightly lower than the growlered version as it was just a tad prettier in the glass. That being said what really matters taste and aroma are spot on.
Wonderful brew... Russian River, I bow down to you!
Suttree (5594) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy orange, huge whte head. Really nice aroma - like a grapefruit with a lot of brown sugar on it. Great smell floral, hoppy and citrus. Flavor is surprisingly sweet, with a lot of brown sugar and molasses, plus a tone of grapefruit bitterness. Fabulous stuff here. Thanks to robertjm for the trade. Brewed on 02/24/09, consumed on 03/28/09.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber orange with a thin white head. Big fruity hop nose. Tropical fruit. Fuller malt, a bit of resin, and some alcohol. Lighter body and lower carbonation, but still substantial. Big hoppy bite. alcohol. Fruity hops. Pine resin. Lingering bitterness. This is rather reminiscent of fresh Hop slam, not a bad beer!
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Firewaters. Tons of citrus and floral hops. Best balanced hoppy aroma that I have experienced - some bitterness but also very floral and sweet. Color surprised me, light clearish gold/orange with a pillowy/creamy head. Fruity character, nice citrus bite. Exceptionally smooth, nice hoppy aftertaste. Have been waiting a while to try this one!
Fin (8430) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that was kindly passed to me by Craig, cheers mate consumed 27-03-09 Pours mid amber with a busy display of bubles and a large white fluffy head, its a little hazy. Aroma is quite stunning this despite the chilling take the edge of the nose slightly, peaches and apricots both really ripe leap forth along with strident pine notes and layers of citrus. This really was an incredible nose that was almost perfect. The taste is lovely though just a tad ’after the lord mayors show’ when compared to the aroma. I get a very juicy, fruity hoppy mouthful and the the peaches and apricots tend to give way to the more citric notes and there is sweet cooked and softened lemon rind, some grapefruit all backed with a nice bitterness that is never intrusive. A very enjoyable beer that I just thought could have been that little bit better. A9 A3 F8 P4 OV15
Jakebra (22) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crushed with carythedude. Rating after Pliny the younger. That’s all that need be said.
lioncublover (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of Hops, bitter, aestheticly pleasing aroma and taste, goes down smooth. Beautiful.
maxa9 (27) - , Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ML Bottle, purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, OR. Snifter. Golden Orange pour with a thick head, good lacing. Aroma and flavor are a wonderful balance of hops and malt. Beer is heavy, lightly carbonated, and lingers long past being swallowed. This is an incredible beer. Can’t wait to find another...
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Big grassy floral hop nose. Slightly cloudy light straw. Nice floral grassy hop flavor with slight fruitiness. Touch of alcohol warming. Mostly dry very bitter finish with citrus grapefruit notes.
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice amber color, with a light frothy head, about a finger thick. Good retention, and I wouldn’t say it looks like "lacing", but it does stick to the side of the glass.
Citrus, hops, slight piny aroma. Smells near perfect for an IPA to me. Not overpowering, but it definitely tells you it’s an IPA.
The taste matches exactly what you get from the smell. Citrus, nicely bitter hops, not overpowering. Great for an IPA.
I’m finding myself rather indifferent towards the mouthfeel.
It’s very drinkable. It’s hopped perfectly. Enough to let you know it’s there, but not so much that it gives you that unpleasant bitter pinch in the back of your jaw that a lot of hop bombs do. I’d be happy to have a case of this in my cooler!