taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From .5l bottle. Pours clear light golden color. Aroma is filled with tropicals, pine and floral scents. Intense flavor - as expected. Still well balanced considering the 8% ABV. Grapefruit and malt wrap through the finish. Clearly a great brew - can’t wait to get more.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught @ Toronado - well I finally got to try Pliny. So much has been made of it that I probably had higher expectations. Pours copper but with more hints of yellow that I had expected, it is clearly filtered and/or not a live beer... I expected the hazy richness of other substantial beers. It was medium bodied, and slightly lighter than say a Dreadnaught, but wonderfully balanced. Everything seems in it;s place... the hoppiness, however, lingers and lingers....
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
500ml bottle. Bottled on 073008. Pours a light golden color, clear (not bottled conditioned??) with a small but firm soapy white head. Can smell Simcoe hops while I’m pouring this thing. Oh yeah before I forget 500ml bottles are such a good size. Quite underrated I think. Anyways, the beer smells intensely of tropical fruits. A very pleasing hop combo, just the kind I like. Simcoe immediately detectable though without any catty qualities that is can have at times. Resiny, citrus, cantaloupe, melon, orange pulp, grapefuit zest. Though I would consider this bottle quite fresh I would really love to smell this beer the day after it’s been bottled. The combination of hops would be orgasmic if the intensity was just dialed up one notch which I think a super super fresh bottle might achieve. Either way it’s a magnificent aroma. Flavor is similar to the aroma in terms of the hops. Cantaloupe and intense melon stickout, a sticky sweetness from the hops though balanced out by a quite substantial dryness. The beer is quite dry but the fruitiness of the hops counteract that and it lacks astringency. Very clean finish, very dry. I can’t really detect any malt characteristics, everything working here, be it the yeast, body, or the malts is all to aid the hops. Bitterness is present though smooth and not aggressive. Above all this is an intensely drinkable IIPA and one I could see myself drinking several pints of. Certainly towards the top of its class and if this were available here I would buy several bottles a week.
OldMrCrow (2053) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2010 Bottle. Bottled 8/25/08, sampled fresh on 9/6/08.
Everything they say is true.
Light gold with a beautiful white head and tons of lacing. This is the IIPA to beat all IIPAs, hands down. Beautiful perfumy nose with some peach and hay, leafy and floral and glorious. This is a rare 10 for aroma. Lovely flavor, totally avoiding the too-much-caramel-malt trap, never sticky or sweet, minimally astringent, just hop-juicy. I love it. The palate is a little hot as the beer warms for its 8%, but that’s a minor quibble. Fantastic.
2-month-old bottle: I should have read the label before buying four at the local QFC. It’s already losing it. This one is just a good IPA now. Maybe 4.0, but certainly not 4.4.
Tap: 7/10/09 at Naked City. I’ve heard that this loses something on tap compared to fresh in the bottle. Maybe it does, but it still easily made its way into the mid-fours. The aroma is there, the flavor is there, it drinks like 6%. Splendid.
Tap8/09 at Fiddler’s. What beer is not Pliny’s bitch? Tonight, head to head against the very worthy Port Wipeout (quite similar, more apricot in Wipeout, more herbalness in Pliny), Pliny came through as cleaner and better. Wow.
DialSquare (3124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2013 been looking for this for a while (not so easy as an east coaster). 500ml - bottled on 8/25/08 - from bottleworks in seattle. grass, citrus, floral and pine aroma. perfect texture and balance is my first thought. tastes of dry citrus, floral hops, light caramel and malty sweetness to balance it all. did I mention it’s well balanced? great stuff. going to buy more tomorrow. perfect example of my favorite style of beer. K-8.5
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 500mL bottle, purchased locally...whoo Hoo to that!
081308 bottling. It’s a really nice beer. The hops blend into the malt so beautifully. Nicely sweet with an awesomely hoppy bitterness. Great balance, there is a reason this beer is one of those "must have, everyone talks about it, no really will you trade me some, ISO, etc. etc. etc." beers.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle, courtesy of the kind and generous golubj. 071008 bottling. Oh my goodness, what a beer. Pours a clear, golden color. Large, foamy, fluffy white head. Tons of lacing. Beautiful aroma of pine, citrus. Flavor is a wonderful mix of floral hops and thick, sticky pine resin. Just the right amount of sweetness. Nice carbonation throughout. Long, bitter finish. This one is a knockout!
spikester (604) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed right after a Bind Pig from R.R. Probably should have waited until the next day for a proper eval. Oh well, that gives me a reason to buy some more. Huge cream colored foamy head with plenty of lacings. Very smooth drinker for the style. About as balanced as a DIPA can be. Aromatic, piney, orange pineapple resininous, pine needles, and alcohol is well hidden. What a treat. I wish I had a 15 gallon keg of this in a kegerator. I probably would never get my lawn mowed again. Or go to work! Bottled on date: 8-13-08.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottled on 081308 courtesy of FlacoAlto. Freash pine and citrus hit the nose and new this was good. Orange cooper body with white head. Flavor had the dry citrus vine along with enough grapefruit flavor as so not to feel too dry. Thirst quenching experience cool and crisp on the palate. Really enjoyed this one thanks Sebastian
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Kegbear: Deep golden pour with strong citrus, peach, fresh resiny hop aroma. Very sweet flavors of malt, floral hops, light alcohol, spice, and deliciousness. Very smooth brew. I could drink one of these every day.