Simcoe (5) - , California, USA - JUL 15, 2008 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A great beer can still be ruined by ground hop pellets. I detected a strong potential for greatness behind what seemed like a lawnmower bag full of grassy leafy crushed-plant-cell-membrane nastiness. Please correct me if I am wrong about the use of pellet hops so I can better understand this beer.
elcaballo (101) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
exceptional hop flavor in this, the hops are jst bursting out this and it avoids the sweetness and thickness that i find in so many dipas and that what makes this beer stand out. the bitterness hits like a hammer but does not linger unpleasently. Most striking is the amazingly dry finish. Probably the best beer i have ever had
bhops (428) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at brewery. Good hoppy beers. Reminds me a lot of Stone brews. Strong in every way but fairly well balanced.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Man do I enjoy this brew. Intense, huge hops, grip and a long finish. But will caressing texture that binds the nose to the finish. Maybe the textbook example of how great DIPA’s should taste! Had to keep the score somewhat low as the Younger is of another world.
Cask at O’Briens’s SD, it didn’t last long. 30 minutes or so. Cask Conditioned Pliny Elder, a very rare treat. Great nose, even better texture and an explosive mid. Maybe less on the pine, but the main difference is the mid palate. Though it was huge and dominating. Maybe a bit more amber? and I thought a tad more sweet though others didn’t. Really excited to try and felt it was different and maybe a tad better than regular kegs. Some felt recent bottles are the best Pliny Elders because the freshness. Would not pass up on another opportunity to try a cask of Pliny. Score goes up a tenth of a point from cask...
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, I have been regularly consuming this beer for years now but now noticed that I never rated it. Well, since we have bottles now, this is the bottled version that was bottled 2 days ago.
It pours with a nice orange copper color and a nice fluffy medium sized head. The aroma is very pleasant and strong. The fresh hops aromas just start flowing out of the glass. The flavor is as expected" lost of grapefruit and pines, a bit of caramel in the back. The finish is insanely bitter. One of the great DIPAs. P.S. I wonder if I should age it.
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap,color of fresh orange juice, nose is a huge pine tree but flavors did not keep up with the aroma, flavor was not nearly as pronounced and lasting as the Younger, finish is good
larryLSB (421) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Brewery. Great nose, lotta hops. Beautiful dark gold color with nice big white head. Great taste, just what I’d expect from a beer like this. Nice aftertaste. Overall one of the best.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried at Toronado SD. Pours orange with a big cream head. Aroma of big hops, mostly pine. Taste is similar with some malty sweetness to balance the hop load. Finish is nicely bitter. Mouth is thick and stickey.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 An incredibly good DIPA. On tap at Father’s Office. Pours with a large, thick, off-white head covering a slightly cloudy orangy body. Aroma is quite nice blend of toffee, some spice and lots of pine. Taste is very piney, with some spicy hops and a nice sweetness backing it all up. Great aftertaste and the alcohol strength in the taste is quite nice as well. Lightly bubbly with a syrupy mouthfeel.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 Bottle and probably my favorite Dipa. Pours a dark copper amber body with an off white head. A beautiful grapefruit nose. Hoppy sweet and piney, citrus, orange and earthy. Flavor is sweet grapefruit and pine. Wow this beer is outstanding, even better fresh out of the bottle. Incredible.