redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Bella Vista Opening, Phila.: Wow-- this pushed me over the edge. A tremendously tasty, hazed over beer that just fills up your mouth and completely takes over. After two little tasters of it, I made the mistake of going for a whole pint as the party was breaking up. Definitely a powerful but oddly drinkable brew.
BelgianBeerGal (3247) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Phenomenal DIPA, unbelievably easy drinking for the type. Easily the sweetest hops I have ever tasted. Pours a hazy golden orange colour with a small white head and sticky lacing. Arom is ruby red grapefruit hops and mandarin oranges. I was expecting a hop punch in the teeth, but this was super smooth. Try this if at all possible. I can only imagine what it tastes like super fresh at the brewery.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught @ Toronado. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Great hop aroma, very crisp, but deep, complex, even some nuttiness to be found. Mildly sticky mouthfeel, body is crisp and refreshing. Not a violent hop assault, very well balanced and drinkable. Great beer.
beerbill (3542) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all, a huge thank you to dirty_martini for scoring me such a fresh bottle. 500 ml bottle dated 9/2/2008. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a large white head that lasted until the end of the glass and left thick coats of lace with each sip. The aroma of this beer is in a word, incredible. It took me four or five minutes to absorb and process everything my nose was receiving. Grapefruit, mango, peaches, and prickly pear cactus are all well represented. The flavor is malt up front, followed by bold pine and grapefruit. The finish is bitter but not astringent with some mild dryness as well. This is a thoroughly enjoyable beer. Thank you again, Larry!
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, packaged on 7/30/08: Glowing yellow pour with a nice, thick cap that offers some decent lacing. Wow - big and bright nose. Hoppy goodness for sure - loads of pink grapefruit, candied oranges, tangerines, fresh lemon, pine needles, wet grass, floral perfume, fresh roses. This really runs the spectrum of hop aromatics. Very nice. The body starts with a heavy wall of bitterness that is both rindy and filled with deep resin. A mild caramel maltiness surfaces to offset the bitterness. The hops continue to dominate with soft orange and apricot juiciness on the tongue. As the beer continues to warm, the malt middle also continues to develop. Light notes of butterscotch and honey intermingle with the citrusy hops. Finishes properly bitter with a good old dose of tongue scraping rind. A solid example for sure. If the tap version really is better, I need to come to CA to try it. This is one of the lower ABV DIPAs that I have tried.
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark yellow body with an off-white, diminishing head. The aroma is hoppy with orange, orange peel, grapefruit, pine and resin. Notes of dough and pear juice. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily bitter. The finish is moderately to heavily bitter and dry. The bitterness lingers for a long time. Medium body with sticky texture, lively carbonation. Outstanding double IPA, but not as overall satisfying as the very best double IPAs because it is fairly straightfoward — not the type of double iPA that you keep getting different aromas and flavors from as you drink it.
tomatohead (3) - , Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I approached this beer like you might the most popular television show that you’ve been too cool to even turn on once. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, it’s LOST. "Yeah I know that everybody I know (whose viewing opinions on electronic media I generally trust) loves the show, but I don’t have time to even bother with caring, much less take on a new television series into my otherwise full viewing schedule." You’re a good speaker. Let’s move on.
One of your friends hands you the first season of LOST on DVD and makes it apparent that if you don’t watch at least the first episode that you will be offending them. You watch the first episode while making dinner with your girlfriend. Two days later you have watched all 22 hour-long episodes and the two of you are standing outside your friends place at 3 in the morning to see if you can trade him for season 2.
My experience with this beer was exactly like that.
I knew it was highly rated. I got one when I probably shouldn’t have. I drank it with high expectations and didn’t have any complaints. Hours later I was recreating its pine-y smell in my head and wishing I had another one. It had a small taste of apple in the background. The blume was more dense and hung around longer than I expected. The longer I go since I had it, the more I want one again.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml. bottle, bottled on 08/13/08, drunk on 10/03/08, bottle courtesy of CelticBrew - thanks much for this, Jim! Clear gold body under a medium, but very lingering head, and a ropey, adherent lace. As expected, the hops are all over this with citrus and pine predominantly, but a healthy dose of some floral notes as well. However, not to be lost in the aroma are significant malt contributions in the form of toffee and stone fruit. The flavor is a well tuned balance between a light malty sweetness and the typical citrus zest bitterness of Northwest hops. Medium body and carbonation, resinous, but not excessively so, startlingly smooth, and a pleasingly dry palate. This beer arrives with quite a reputation, and it certainly lives up to it. In this increasingly ubiquitous style, it is not the best, but it is right up there.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pliny is very good. I think some people are over-enamored with it’s reputation however.
Appearance- Orange in color with good clarity, it has a decent head that sticks around for a little while.
Aroma- A very hoppy aroma, smelling of Piney and/or citrusy hops.
Taste- Extremely hoppy. Very heavy bitterness, the hops attack at every level. I tasted a little sourness from the malt, but it did a decent job at trying to balance the beer. The high alcohol level is not obvious, but the high hop rate might inhibit the drinkability of this beer. Not me however, I liked it alot... It could be more balanced.
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Thanks to drewbeerme and xnoxhatex for sharing] Wonderful grapefruit aroma with some notes of sweet honey. Flavor is straight-up grapefruit and honey. Smooth medium body, pretty viscous for an IPA with light soft carbonation. Thanks for sharing!