Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange amber colour with thin off white head. Robust citric hop nose. Strong hopp taste with mild lingering malt finish.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
BlueDevil0206 and I went up to Richmond on a run for Stone Imperial Stout and stopped in at Innsbrook Capital Ale House to find this beautiful little surprise.
Orange/coppery color with a thin white head. Aroma is in your face amarillo hops as soon as the glass was set down. When I first smelled it, I was instantly reminded of DFH 90 min. Some malty notes made their way through the citrussy pine forest in the aroma, too, but hops dominate. Palate is good and full, though not oily. Just a slick, big DIPA. Flavor is incredible as well. Strong citrussy, piney amarillo flavor. Malt is sweet caramel and bread, but it’s very much in the background. The bitterness in the finish was IMMENSE. We ordered samples of 90 Minute, Ruination, and Stoudts DIPA and found them all blown out of the water in terms of bitterness (that gave us a nice perspective on their respective malt profiles.) The bitterness is clean, though -- in your face sharp, but not harsh. Impressive as all hell. I’m excited about the younger.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow, what a surprise. Rolled up to the Captial Ale House (Innsbrook) for a Richmond beer run. To our surprise the front cover of the beer menu listed a few Double IPAs and Pliny was one of them. Didn’t see this coming.
Draught. Appeared a orange copperish color with a small white head. Lacing was decent. Aroma was bursting with hops. Everywhere hops. Citrus, piney, floral, spicy hops. Hop heaven. Oddly enough, some great bready/caramel malt notes were in the aroma as well. How they made its way through the hops, I do not know. Flavor was equally hoppy. Floral and citrussy and intense. Bitterness was pleasantly lingering and in your face. Some moderate ester profile was present: slight apple and peach. Doughy malt and some caramel sweetness was also present though it finishes dry without any astringency as I would expect from a beer as heavily hopped as this. Body is perfect for a DIPA and perfectly silky smooth with perfect carbonation. Man I loved this. Side by side with Ruination, 90 minute and Stoudts DIPA, the latter 3 tasted like Sierra Nevada. Excellent beer. Yes this is a 5 to me though let me note that it doesn’t top or equal Dark Lord. It is just the top DIPA that I have had.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2005 Couleur bronze aux reflets orangés coiffés d’une belle mousse blanche pleinement adhérente à la paroi du verre. Très fruités, agrumes variés, énorme verdure rappelant le persil fraîchement haché., un brin d’alcool réussi à passer au travers de ces intenses arômes. Construit sur une très respectable base de malt, vive amertume ne cesse de grandir en bouche tout en restant sur la limite de l’acceptable dans sas balance. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, carbonatation bien active. Un sport extrême exécuté avec classe. Échantillon en fût au American Beer Fest, Boston, 18 Juin 2005.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 Cask @ 05’ Pizza Port Real Ale Fest: Clear orange color, light clean white head. Nose of creamy wang malt flour and grassy strong hops. Nice 2-dimensional hop character with light malts (again). Very strong hops and not much of anything else. Better after trying some off regular tap, a bit more balanced and fruity.
Saarlander (1677) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had tonight on tap at Hollingshead deli. Great beer, didn’t feel it until about 1/2 hour after I finished it, but it was a really great beer, hops.hops. hops! Alcohol was very well hidden, quite smooth.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally got to try this. Had a fruity aroma with a lighter hop background. Very piney hop taste. 100 IBU, but seems like less, maybe around 80 or so, or maybe my palate was extra hard today. Alcohol is well hidden.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
another nice addition to my palate this day at the liars club....lets not slow this roller coster down and add another ’hopped up’ concoction to it. hits you hard in the face with nice orange pine vanilla characters. strong bitterness through the end with small amt of toffee lurking in the background like your ex girlfriend. good solid brew.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2006 On tap. Poured a nice cloudy gold with a large, remarkably creamy white head that retained very well. Smells very much like pine. Almost like tree sap in a glass. Taste is of pine and floral hops, but it also very smooth. Medium-full mouthfeel and body. As it warms it becomes sweeter with tastes of honey and a little fruit.
0o9i (436) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 4/27/2009
Clear, honey-colored body is effervescent, topped with a big, fluffy white head that is persistent and leaves prodigious amounts of lace. The aroma is very floral, fruity, grapefruit-rind, touch of caramel; very quaffable. Very nice body, medium-full, plentiful carbonation to fill the mouth, creamy, dry finish (a bit watery later on, hence it’s not a 5). Flavor of sugared malts, peach, grapefruit rind, pine, a touch of alcohol in the pine, touch of white grape on the aftertaste. Very easy to drink, extremely well balanced and smooth on flavor. A bit mellow, actually. No big, chunky malts; no astringent, punishing hops: It’s just refined and tasty. In a class with Alesmith’s IPA (not a traditional double; too big and nice for a single). I was just in Santa Rosa but didn’t stop by RR...I’ll have to go back in a few months to try this again on tap.
((Rerate bottle 9/5/8/4/18))
On tap @ brewery. I was sadly informed that Pliny the Younger was not available and usually isn’t...and had to settle for this lovely beer. Honey colored, slightly clouded with a white head and wonderful, thin sheets of lace. Floral aroma with honey, caramel, fruits and a touch of grape fruit rind. Fullish body, thick foamy carbonation, smoothe and dry. Flavors of honey, flower pollen, fruit--apricot and grape fruit rind--LOTS of pine and a fairly bitter (sure didn’t taste like 100 IBU...lots of malt) finish that lasts quite some time. A tasty little sucker with kick! Drinking a few of these on an empty stomach could be a disaster with all of the piny hops and a solid 8%. By far the best beer of the 8 of theirs I’ve had thus far. Happily the locals love it--hooray for non-beer geeks with good taste! [[Original 8/5/7/4/17]]