SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Draught at the Bistro. I have long awaited the day to try Pliny the Eder. Maybe I was expecting too much. Hype is a horrible thing. Piney and grapefruit peel-bitter hops are done exquisitely, within a clear golden body topped by a sticky white head. Aromas of pine needles and flowers. Light and dry as the most drinkable IPA. Not like any IIPA that I’ve had. So dry and crisp. Bitter, endless finish. I love the dryness and drinkability; it’s like a single IPA that manages double the hop load, but The hop profile still falls a bit short. I’m missing the tropical, fruity notes that I get out of some other west coast IPAs. Pliny does it’s thing almost perfectly, but that might just not really be my thing in the absolute realm of the hop. Rerate: I get it now. Forgive me, Pliny, for not even a fiery death at Mount Vesuvius could quell your awesomeness. The dryness IS the beauty. I guess it depends whether I am in the mood for a thicker DIPA or a dryer, thinner DIPA, but the power of the hops in this one is outdone by none so far. (4.4)
Rerate: My first bottled sample, at about three weeks old, as well as draught a couple times in the last two days. Awesome floral hops in the aroma. The flavor is so hoppy, yet the bitterness is so soft and inviting. You really could drink this for a session and not burn your palate out with bitterness or sweetness. Every sip leaves you longing for another, with a perfectly balanced, dry finish. Stunning stuff, but the glass I had at the grad showed how much this can drop off if not properly fresh.
As a final amendment, Pliny rocks. Having it at the brewpub last weekend reminded me how amazing it is in both hop profile, and incredible dryness and drinkability. Younger can’t even touch how expressive the hops in Elder are due to the light body and lack of sweetness. The side-by-side I did a little while back was foolishly with a bottle that just can’t compare to having this on tap and the brewpub. This is pretty much beer nirvana.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice blonde color with bubbly head. Wow what an aromatic, flowery balanced nose. Powerful floral hops, light spice and piney scents combine with a buoyent malts quality to synthesize a truly wonderful nose. The taste is equally sublime and provides great balance while remaining quenching and delicious. Wow, a really great brew.
ilovedarkbeer (2406) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Courtesy of bitbucket. Pours a brilliant light copper orange color with a lacy white head. Nose is pink grapefruit, pine, cedar, fresh air, grass, and dry malt. Taste is malt, floral, citrus, caramel, pine and resin. Amazing balance and a very warming yet drinkable finish. Great beer.
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. yellow golden color, with a white head, nice floral hop nose of resinous pineniddle, coniferous, cedary accent, with some lime citrusy esters, and a hint of toastiness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet toasted malt, juicy piney, resinous character, with a good flowery hop leafy, coniferous, cedary flavor, with a mild minty accent, with some lemon citrusy fruitiness, leading towards a warming sweet malty, fruity, grapefruit, peachy, hop resiny bitterness finish.
Indra (2693) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml, bottled 9/22/08. Piney, citric hop nose, fresh, strong and leafy, with lighter notes of honey, bubblegum and faint vanilla. Mostly clear medium golden color, head is very fine and slight. Flavor is massively hoppy and bitter thoughout, resinous pine, citrus fruit (particularly lemon) and peppery spice abound, with lighter aspects of pale, grainy, honeyish malt, but managing to remain dry beginning to end. Finish seems to go on forever, with coating hop resins supplying ample bitterness and flavor well after quaffing. Oily, rather thin mouthfeel, not much effervescence to speak of, body is certainly full enough. This is seemingly lacking a bit in depth and construction.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
O’Brien’s in San Diego. Pours a warm golden color from the tap with a firm white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Perhaps the best IPA I’ve ever had. Balanced flavors of bitter hops, cream, pine needles, and citrus. Worth the wait.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ucusty for this splendid brew!
Pours a bright hazy pumpkin orange amber, very nice effervescent white head, leaves a bit of dirty looking lacing.
Smells great - powerful pine, citrus, and hops.
Taste is sweet up front with bitter citrusy hops, lupulin, and good malt undertones.
The mouthfeel is very nice, coats the mouth, is on the very lowest end of thick, warms as it goes down.
Overall - this is a great IPA that doesn’t quite seem to be thick or strong enough to qualify as a IIPA or imperial. It reminds me of a less thick and alcoholic Dreadnaught. I’d drink this stuff every day if I could!
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. A beer that actually lives up to the hype. The smell is perfect, like a pine forest. It’s a golden color with a small, sticky, white head. Taste is piney and straight grapefruit. Ultra hoppy, without being bitter in the slightest. Just a perfect-made hop bomb. A little light on the palate, but still superb.
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 On draft, in Philly, Monkâ€™s Corner. This beer is phenomenal! And I thought you could get anything in NYC, wrongâ€”I wish California had better distribution. Iâ€™ll use one word: GRAPEFRUIT! Iâ€™ve got to hunt this one down...
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Bottle... Poured orange with a thin, bubbly, white head. Nothing but floral hops on the nose that were intense and vibrant. Dry palate, but the higher alcohol kept it lively feeling on the tongue. Citrus fruit flavors mixed with overpowering hops. This beer is a must have for any IPA and IIPA fan.