Holdwine (1077) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Savor. These folks make great beer! Wonderful control over a hops onslaught from first nose to fantastic finish. This is the ultimate hophead drea, but accessible to those who donít worship the lovely cone. It would be a great beer if I stopped there, but wait there is more. An obviuosly killer amount of malt brings this IPA close to balanced. Enough sweetness to battle the bitterness to a pleasing draw.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful orange pour with an amazing white fluffy meringue head. Sticky rings of lacing throughout the glass. Smell is huge sweet hops with fresh grapefruit and has a hint of freshly cut grass. Flavor is ideal - perfectly balanced hops. it doesnít scream alcohol or sweetness or hops. It is mildly delicious and balanced. The finish is clean and dry. Perfectly drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. I only wish this were more available. Surely my favorite from Russian River so far.
HopheadJosh (2) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the finest showcase of hops Iíve ever experienced. I only get to say that about one beer and I have no hesitation reserving it for Pliny. This beer has a wonderful aroma right up front of fresh hop flowers that will make you declare out loud your love for the vine. This is clearly a distinct experience from other IPAs commonly found in West Coast craft beers. It has a very complex nose that seems to present a cornucopia of aromas with each approach. Hints of Citrus, spring flowers, and even a bit of cannabis can be detected. The texture is thick and as smooth as they come. It pours a shining golden yellow with beautiful white lace and feels much more like a porter or stout going down than an IPA. Iíve found this pairs VERY well with spicy foods, particularly Hispanic cuisine. It also pairs amazingly with caramel, as unusual as that may sound.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 First tasting, really enjoyed this beer. Waiting on a second tasting to be able to better rate. Very clean and a very good IPA, but I did not notice anything particularly noteworthy first time around.
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from tap an orangy-blonde with a medium sized ecru head. Huge aroma of floral hops, citrus, and light toast. The flavor dominates the palate with floral hops, pine resin, gratefruit, and a lemony citrus. These flavors are balanced with a huge mildly sweet malt mouthfeel -- almost chewy. Wow, love this beer. If you are tasting many different beers with this one, drink this one last. You wonít want to go back for any other. It dominates.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From my backlog. Thanks to Jason for sharing this treat. Too bad I didnít get to try the younger. Handbottle by way of MrBendo and mwsf. Still poured a nice frothy foam with nice lacing despite the handbottlilng. Sticky flavour with bits of toffee and pine resin. Wonderful floral aroma that was quite complex in nature. Some grapefruit, lemon grass and pine. A bit heavy on the syrup side of things, but the intense amount of bittering hops helped to keep this in check. Good balance here between the malt backbone and hop profile. Well done IIPA and well being sought after!
can8ianben (1325) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 Oh man, this was a dream beer for me. If you like big hoppy IPAs, figure out how to get yourself to the Sonoma Valley to try this one. Big and bold in all aspects. Hops create the syrupy sweetness and bold bitterness that has such a lovely grapefruit and pine blend that I could have died and gone to heaven. Next time Iím here Iíll order a big glass or a pitcher. The sampler was amazing, but I was left wanting more of this one in particular. The waiter mentioned that this was the first double IPA ever??!?
lb4lb (2548) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 One hell of a birthday gift sent from a friend. Thanks!
Poured from a 10 day old growler. I was worried about it holding up and wanted to get to this promptly and was momentarily worried, when I got no PSSSTTT sound when opening the growler. Poured into a tulip and the head vigorously formed, regardless. Poured a clear, golden amber color with a rich, incredibly long lasting offwhite head that left huge chunks of frothy lacing. Smell was huge piney, fruity, grapefruity, citrusy hoppy deliciousness. Taste is incredibly smooth and clean. Citrusy fresh hops and a hint of a slighly syrupy body, but still just barely medium to full bodied. The drinkability on this was phenomenal and the alcohol was hidden perfectly. Flavor was a touch milder than expected but was still divine and went down like water. Great double IPA.
2.5 week old bottles rerate in 2014.
Oh my tastes have changed. Iím sick of the DIPAs and even this and Heady topper side by side is no exception. Citrusy and piny scent. Slightly dryish taste with pine and grapefruit rind but enough sticky sweetness remains that makes me not want a lot. Still, seems more attenuated or drier than Heady. Not impressed. Would prefer Blind Pig I think as its not as syrupy or boozy.
sunevdj (3202) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
DLD in a growler brought by a guy from San Fransisco... Thanks man!!! Pours a clear golden with awhite head. Slightly bitter. Lots of hops, perfect profile. Medium to full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Also some soy sauce sensations. Also aromas of alcohol and residual sugars. Low carbonation. Bitter finish with a bit of plantsap.
Lothore (555) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- Poured on tap at the brewpub. It is a beautiful deep golden color with a small head which sticks around until the bottom of the glass.
S- Smells of oily piney hops with a distinct sweet maltiness in the background.
T- Tastes of bitter piney hops with a good amount of sweet maltiness to balance it out. A bready doughy flavor is in the background.
M- Thick with a lot of carbonation that gives you an awesome kick. Great mouthfeel to say the least
D- For an 8 percent abv brew this went down extremely smooth. I drank it so fast in fact that I definitely was feeling the alcohol afterwards that I didnít taste. All in all a great DIPA.