luttonm (2192) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh (3weeks old) 0.5L bottle from Uber in Seattle. Starts off sneaky but by the end it is a full fledged, wonderful dipa. I remarked to trevor211 that this was the prototypical dipa as far as I was concerned; textbook, wish all were this good. remarkable smoothness, radical balance with the perfect amount of growing (as the bottle emptied) hop wonderfulness. Wish this were more available in Seattle, especially at the price point ... worth the hype (though I might say Hop 15 or Marahaja are more ’special’)
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2010 mmmm fresh bright hop aroma though as a double and with the hype I was expecting much more. deep gold, stubborn white fluffy head won’t go away. I can’t decide what I think about this. I definitely like it, but not sure I love it. the first sip was truly magical, bright, and deep, but it loses the edge quickly and finishes solid, tasty, long complex bitterness, but never really double status. Drank two bottles side by side, one 2 weeks old, one 3 months old. The fresher bottle was much more resiny and oily, bright and enjoyable.
Haslinger (865) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle thanks to Kegbear. Oh my Lord. This beer smells heavenly. I hope wherever Pliny ended up, that it smells like this. The bottle is awesome with a very funny and simple label. The taste is very hoppy with a bit of piney, floral and just a bit of sweetness, the aftertaste is dry with a beautiful bit of malt coming in. I wish I had this beer readily available. I hope in 2000 years I get a beer named after me that is half this good.
zathrus13 (1714) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden/orange, with a white head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, sugar and a bit of a floral scent. Flavor is grapefruit, pine, alcohol, and some sugar. Medium body. Thanks to kegbear for this bottle.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Russian River Brewing is neither in Russia nor near a river. At least, not that I know of. But that is rather irrelevant when it comes to their amazingly ability to release dazzling beers of near nirvana perfection time and time again. I haven’t had many of their creations yet, but the ones I have been blessed by were nothing short of bliss. Pliny the Elder is no exception.
My Pliny the Elder poured a rich sunshine orange into my glass. An explosion of fluffy foam topped his wise body, fading slowly into a pillow on top which spread out along the edges for extra coverage. Sweet and fresh wet forestry smells immediately tease and caress my nose. Pine needles, sap, and morning dew. a tinge of citrus in the back, but that crisp piney hop profile I adore so much rules Pliny the Elder’s nose. His body is light and rolls across my tastebuds almost as if it were kissing them. His palate is much like his nose, a perfect blend of sweet pine needles, sap, and wet grass. A bit of bitter lemon in the finish. It is a somber parting as I finish the last quaff of my Pliny the Elder and there is no more to follow.
I’ve never met a kissable beer before, but Pliny the Elder is my top Imperial IPA and highly kissable. The only shame is that I don’t have regular access to him. Like his namesake, Pliny the Elder from Russian River Brewing is a timeless work of brewing artistry.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured orange with a white head. Aroma is of citrus, bitter hops, and floral hints. Taste was fantastic. At first, you are hit by pure bitterness, then the citrusy flavors come out followed by a delicious sweetness of malts. The alcohol is hidden behind all the flavors, making it extremely drinkable.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 Pours an orange color with small frothy head and tremendous lacing. Aroma and flavor is of citrus and hops plus a touch of pine with a mild bitterness. ABV is not very noticeable. Excellent double IPA. On tap at City Beer.
douglas88 (5902) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 Bottle generously shared by footbalm, thanks man! Pours a clear golden hue with a tall and thick white head. The aroma is great; tons of sweet citrus hops, a full grapefruit, some sweet fruits, and a background of pine. The flavor was so easygoing and yet so awesome; dominated by a citrus hop flavor, some bitterness getting through but the sweet ripe citrus hop flavors rule the day here. Not overly complex, but very quaffable and excellent. I could drink 20 of these. A nice full body too. Had this again on tap at Toronado a few pints of it actually. So well balanced, smooth and very easygoing. Amazing brew.
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From .5l bottle. Pours clear light golden color. Aroma is filled with tropicals, pine and floral scents. Intense flavor - as expected. Still well balanced considering the 8% ABV. Grapefruit and malt wrap through the finish. Clearly a great brew - can’t wait to get more.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught @ Toronado - well I finally got to try Pliny. So much has been made of it that I probably had higher expectations. Pours copper but with more hints of yellow that I had expected, it is clearly filtered and/or not a live beer... I expected the hazy richness of other substantial beers. It was medium bodied, and slightly lighter than say a Dreadnaught, but wonderfully balanced. Everything seems in it;s place... the hoppiness, however, lingers and lingers....