golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Stone Brewery. Aroma was of some caramel malt, with floral / citrus / and tropical hops. Flavor was similar, very nice beer.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Duane shared a hand-bottle from Styles. Thanks guys, this one has been on my want list for a while, and Iím leaving it there because it was so good! Amazing IIPA. Clear copper pour, which honestly discouraged me a little bit. I was surprised it was filtered so much. Aroma quickly took my fears away. Fruity and citrusy hop aromas are huge. Same with the flavor. Very smooth and easy to drink. Exceptionally well balanced beer.
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Toronado. Pale in color but not aroma, itís bursting with american hops. Extraordinarily balanced in the flavor but the balance melts away into a thorough - and enjoyable - bitterness. Itís almost worth a trip to San Fran just for this on draft.
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (500ml brown swing-top). Via trade with MrBendo - awesome!. Poured deep gold, slightly oily-looking, nice bubbly, with an average frothy lasting off-white head, nice sticky lacing. Je-sus, that smells great - pine, resin, citrus zest hops, light pineapple malt backing, soft yeast and alcohol to round out the smoothness - solid, balanced. Taste follows, but hoppier, grapefruit pith, long, restrained, bitter finish. Average body, solid astringency, mild carbonation (well, hand bottled, but nice even so), light alcohol presence, nice hoppy aftertaste. Sophisticated, and really lives up to the hype. I owe you big time for this one, Bendo!
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. hand bottle from Styles, thanks Chris! pours a bright, clear orangey copper with a white head fading to a lasting ring of lace. aroma is all about the hops, plenty of citrus and pine. flavor is outstanding with sweet, juicy citrus leading the wayand some piney notes as well. of note with this was how all the hop flavors came out without being the least bit bitter. truly one of the best IIPAís Iíve had.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Big thanks to Papsoe) Bottle. Golden clear colour with a little white head. Wonderful aroma of citrus, melon, floral all from the massive hop nose. Lovely flavour of hops with notes of caramel, just great, I love this beer.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy mgumby10. Clear gold/copper. Small, frothy, off white head. Huge hops here - fresh, floral, perfume, juicy citrus. Perfect amount of malt support. Medium to medium/full body, balanced. Great IIPA.
shigadeyo (2964) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009
6/13/2007: Pliny the Elder pours a pretty clear, bright copper/amber color with ultra fine carbonation. There is some spotty lacing as well. The aroma is really quite amazing and consists of sweet pineapple, grapefruit, pine, orange citrus, a hint of alcohol and some syrupy caramel and toffee. The flavor has a nice, somewhat sweet maltiness that deeps and then reveals a substaintial sugary citrus and resin bitterness that is quite good. The bitterness really isnít overpowering though. Overall this beer is very well balanced between the hefty maltiness and aggressive, yet somewhat reserved, biterness. Also, itís strong, but the alcohol is just barely noticeable. The finish has a nice, earthy hop leaf flavor without tasting like hop pellets or being too leafy. This beer has a medium-full body and is so smooth and very easy to drink considering that it is a quadruple IPA! Without a doubt, this is a very well crafted beer worthy of its high rating and associated hype! I bet the hop aroma and flavor just burst out of this beer when itís straight from the tap! Very nice!
12 oz bottle (hand-bottled from a growler) from illinismitty. Thank you very much Sean. I really appreciate it. You just might get that bottle of Dark Lord from me after all! Score: 9/4/8/4/18=4.3
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9/10/2008: Pliny the Elder pours out in a deep copper stram with a off-white head that leaves fine, detailed lacing. The aroma has a ton of hops and is like a cornucopia of fruit flavors: orange, pineapple, peach, pine, and grapefruit! The flavor has a mild toffee maltiness with lots of hops. The beer is overaly bitter and has plenty of pineapple and pine resin. This medium-bodiy beer is slick and has a long finish. Overall it is quite good, but it is even better on tap!
500 mL bottle (Bottled 073008 / 8% Alc. by Vol.) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Tom! Score: 9/4/7/3/16=3.9
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled sample from Sean. Thanks. Pours out a dark brown color without much of a head on it at all (I think this is due to the hand bottle). Smell is heavy of grapefruits, citrus fruits, pine, and sugars. Taste is sweet and bitter at first, and then the hops really kick in and take over, leaving nothing but a huge hop bomb in your mouth. I can still taste it, and I havent drank any of it in 3-4 minutes. Really good stuff, not as good as the younger, but this is certainly an awesome IPA. Thanks for this one Sean, it is well appreciated.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Slightly hazy golden color with a thick white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Pungent aroma of hops (grapefruit, pine, melon, and citrus). Rich malty base with hints of caramel and of course a huge burst of hops. Grapefruit, melon, pine, overall a very intense but well-integrated bitterness. Amazingly soft mouthfeel--very rich and initially slightly syrupy, but of course the hops eventually take over and create a supremely dry and astringent finish. I could drink this all day if it werenít for the hefty abv. Just amazingly rich, complex, and well-balanced. A great experience.