Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a half finger beige head. Nose is ripe grapefruit, floral hops and light caramel malts. Taste is orange, pink grapefruit, malt and a nice resin finish. Medium mouth feel. This is definitely a balanced IIPA. Good stuff. I think I built it up in my head to be better than what it is, but it’s certainly up there with the great ones
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle @ liquid sunshine - thanks bitbucket; have been rocked by this brew at ever tasting and enjoying its appearance in town on draft at a few places; clear, golden amber with foamy white head; aromas are thick and resinous; tons of hops but balanced out as it is a malty beast as well; creamy, bready texture; everything here is in perfect harmony
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by mreusch. Pours a hazy golden-amber with a creamy off-white head that laces beautifully. The nose is like a handful of fresh C-hops: big grapefruit and pine needles. On the light side of medium-bodied the mouthfeel is super-slick with a lingering bitter-hopped finish. Big, piny, citric hops with a pale malt backing. This is a delicious beer that only makes me wish that I had more. Thanks again for sharing this with us, Matt!
Beaver (1339) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 500 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a smallish frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is piney resiney floral hops with some sweet caramel malt and a little fruitiness.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts initially with a little bright citric fruitiness that is quickly followed by a good sized piney peppery hop bite the lingers in the finish. This is excellent tasting and pretty well balanced (a little hop forward, but not a big messy hop bomb). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a velvety texture.
Overall, an excellent and well balanced DIPA!
unrulythings (73) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 bottle. pours a bright golden color with a thick white head. insanely intense hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit, mango, and light pine. lots of floral and honey notes too. flavor is big, filled with notes of crisp hops, light malts, and fresh fruits. amazing.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong and ridiculously potent piney grapefruity citrusness going on here, and its delicous! Could drink this relatively unbalanced overly hopped hopbomb of a beer all evening, if I could score it for bottle price and not pay to ship it into Illi. Not quite hopslam greatness, but close. Its a style I love and a well made beer, nothing to complain about from my first bottle.
jlf278 (287) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer was definitely worth the trip, on tap at Russian River’s Brewpub. A glowing golden body with a decent, far from over-zealous head. Plenty of fresh hoppy aroma and a palate that deserves more than a 5/5. Flavor is amazing, bringing the best of both sweet and bitter. Despite it’s bounty of hops, the bitterness does not dominate, though it still comes across quite powerfully. What a beer!
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is close to a perfect beer in my opinion. A beautiful golden color with excellent lacing and a soft, silky mouthfeel. Oh, the hops in this one are enough to make me go wild, but there’s really an insanely perfect balance here with plenty of malt. The piney hop flavor dominates, but this is truly a masterpiece DIPA in my opinion.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Bottle. Aroma hop forward, and bitter hop forward but also with pine, grass, mango, cherry. Flavor also brings about a mintiness to the pine and all the flavor really opens up more in the mouth with less of an emphasis on the bitter and instead on all the pine, fruits, hops and malt together. Worried at first, but turned into something excellent. 7-4-9-4-17
Bottle, I believe exactly a month old upon consumption. And though I really didn’t take any notes this time around...wow, just wow...
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2009 Reviewed on 8/25/08. Bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx (thanks Marc! I’ve been hoping to try this beer for awhile now!). Bottled 7/10/08. Pours a light orange with a thick foamy head. Aroma of super bitter grassy hops. Flavor is pretty similar to Blind Pig but with more malt. Initial sharp hops bite with some citrus and a slight sweetness and light fruitiness on the finish Pretty tasty although still on the bitter side.
Update 1/31/09. Bottled on 12/30/08. Pours a clear light orange with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and bitter grassy hops. Lots of citrus in the aroma (which I did not detect in the previous bottle). Flavor is bitter and grassy initially with a sweet, citrusy (lots of orange peel!) finish. Mostly on the bitter side. Hop-forward for sure and I really would like to see a little bit stronger malt base in this. No change in #s just comments!
Update 3/30/09: On tap at Capone’s. Pours orange with no real head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and hops oils (similar to Younger). Flavor lacks the grassy hops I got in the bottled version. More malty and not as fruity as I remember (although more citrus comes out as the beer warms). Nice hop oils. Quite tasty, probably a tie between the tap version and super fresh bottled version. Ironically, the fresher this is, the more malt I get from it, not sure why. Obviously, still a delight.
Update 6/24/09: Apparently Pliny is one of my most updated ratings! Anyway, I was lucky to get another fresh bottle (4 weeks old) from Naven and it was even more awesome than I remember. Lots of glorious hop oils and grassy hops and crackery malt. Superbly enjoyable. Yep, I’ve gotta up my rating.