ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
ok...I rated it super high.....but I think alot of people that have tried it....me before this revelatory experience that I shall share with you....if not served fresh or on dirty lines....it kinda is well OK
enough about the OK experiences....lets get on to the on tap experience that I had at the fathers office in Santa Monica
super grapefruity aroma...and the taste is the same...not overly bitter at all super balanced with the hops and malt.......wow I canít say that enough...by far the best DIPA ever....EVER dammit!
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 2, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My buddy Dave was kind enough to ship me a growler last time he visited the brewery.I love hoppy IPAís and I absolutely love this one. Poured a dark amber with a small head. Strong pine, citrus, hoppy aroma, with the same taste to follow.Finish was less bitter than I expected, and was so smooth. As you put your glass down, your mind is telling your hand to pick the glass back up. A great beer, and I am very glad I got to try it.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Hazy dark gold with a decent sized head. Nice citrus aroma, flavor was nice and sweet with a good amount of bitterness to back it up. Very nice.
goldbrew (99) - USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An impressive IPA with beautiful complexity. No abrupt heat or offensive hop power - itís all blended majesitcally with the heavier malt. Still a better, more civilized malty mouthfeel than a Dogfish 90 Minute IPA for example. This Pliny is much more drinkable and digestible to me as well. All RR beers Iíve had exhibit a fresh, dynamic quality. An airy, light presence of sorts thatís just not there in many other beers. Very well done.
Goodgrief (1806) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 2007 - Would love to have this one again. Pour was orange with nice head. Strong aroma of citrus and sweet malt. Flavor was sweet citrusy malts with a wallop of hops underneath. A review below noted a "tropical" flavor, and that sums it up perfectly. Alcohol noticeable, but not detracting. Nice.
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
beautiful and bittersweet Simcoe induced ecstasy in a glass. tap at Liarís Club and Obriens
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 on tap at toronado in san francisco. what a place this is! pours a clear honey color with a reasonable off-white head that lasted a while and laced abundantly. huge pine floral hops smell, with some earthy notes, and a quite strong bready malt. more of the same in the taste, with a cotton candy hops malt interplay -- really solid stuff. big bitter finish, with a slight malt sweetness that provides just enough balance. the bitterness never comes close to being harsh, and iím getting sick of ipas. coating, chewy mouthfeel, with a sort of thick medium body, and lots of carbonation. this is really good stuff. i think the fact that iím getting sick of this style prevented me from enjoying it fully. it reminded me of a dogfish head 90 minute, with the piney floral hops dominating, but it had a deeper and stronger flavor profile than 90. quite good.
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is THE Ipa. Many claim to make the same, but I have never had anything like it. Pours hazy golden with little head at the RRBC. The aroma is overwhelming. A beer of this nature can often be too sweet with unfermentible sugars. That is what is so unique about Pliny the Elder. This huge ipa is digestible and dry. The bitter is so well balanced with residual sugars.
I try to have this beer on a regular basis in the valley and it never fails to impress.
P.S. It is pronounced Plin-Eí. Not Pl-eye-nee. At least that was the mans name who this beer is named after.
JAXSON (529) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 On tap at Flaniganís boathouse in summer 2006, canít believe I havenít rated it yet. Got extremely drunk that afternoon on $5 glasses of this and PLiny the Younger. Took off work early to go to this 5:00pm event. Had it several times since then, all on tap.
On to the brew, an incredibly balanced, refreshing IIPA with bursts of fresh west-coast hops. Not overwhelmingly sweet, but has a nice little kick of candi sugar. Wonderful mouthfeel, soft, tingly, and fresh. Slighly subdued aroma and flavor compared to its brother. A great experience to try this one.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 On tap at the Toronado in SF. Thanks to a rainy day, I had a few of these as well as a few more other pints. It was a good day. Bright hazy golden orange with thin but lasting head and great lacing. Yummy citrus and tropical fruit; sweet; mango, perhaps a bit of sweet ruby red grapefruit. Grass and sweet resin. Floral but not overly astringent. Not too intense piney-ness but hoppy as hell. Just so so so fresh. Somehow thin but not watery.; perfect drinkable mouthfeel. Excellent.