T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on draft. Poured a slight hazy orange color. Aroma of citrus hops, fruits and just a touch of malt. A big hop taste, with grapefruit really standing out. Nice backbone of sweet caramel malt came through also.
TraumaTheDiva (5) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is best CONSISTENTLY AVAILABLE Double IPA in Northern California. So hoppy that you may think your beer has been laced with fresh buds.
brianprentiss (676) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super yummy! Not much head, but what a smell! I can’t wait to taste Pliny the Younger because this one is an amazing DIPA!
thegreenrooster (3399) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is a dark yellow with a large white head. Aroma is what is would be like to wake up in a grove of fresh hops. Flvor is again a very strong fresh hop with some silky malts. A complete hop juice of a beer and one to seek out. Bonus is that a bottle is fairly cheap for such a outstanding brew at only $3.99!
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a light golden with small white head. Aroma strong of piney hops. Flavor is dry with pine, sweet malt, and some citrus. It lives up to its name and its a great brew.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - OCT 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one was a truly intriguing beer. Served cold from a bottle. Dark gold pour with a small white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma was described by someone as a "citrus bouquet", it was definitely rich in pine and citrus hops. It tasted unlike any beer I’ve had, very complex and refined. Flavor was heavily hoppy with some malts to balance it out, but the finish is nice and bitter. Very cool beer. Highly recommended.
caesar (5500) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ RR. Clear golden color, short head. Strong aroma of pine and grapefruit. Very bitter taste, but still elegantly smooth. Perfect balance for such a smack-in-the-face doube IPA.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a less-than-appetizing straw-colored yellow with a quickly receding head.
Smells delicious, like straight-up hop flowers. Could use a tiny bit more
carbonation, but otherwise, I have nothing but praise for this beer. I would
drink this every day if I could.
craftbeerdesign (2204) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. purchased from South Bay Drugs... pours a dark golden w/ 1/4" white head which lasts throughout at a bit smaller size. wonderful aroma of piney hops. big full body which is incredibly soft over the tongue. really fresh hops dominate the beer with some other citrus fruit notes coming through as well. full of pine / grass notes. resiny feel on the back of the palate and a long bitter finish that lasts all night. incredible IIPA... lives up to the hype and deserves it all.
mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013 On draft at my local pub (RR): Pliny pours deep golden with slight white head that leaves lacing. Aroma is bitter grapefruit rind, hop resin and a slight mineral note. Flavor is built on ripe citrus fruit and a rind bite over a touch of honey. Pliny is medium-lean in body, with a plush palate. It pulls off huge IBU’s along with (sometimes) lush apricot and touch of pineapple with slight astringent crispness in finish. Very integrated hop bitterness and flavor without caramel in malt backbone.