MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy bright copper. Pine, citrus, and sweeet malts in the nose. Flavor is hugely hoppy, some citrus, but lots of upfront pure bitterness. Some real balance here (whether or not they want to admit it), sweetly balances things out but the bitterness sticks around. Phenomenal palate, very full and creamy. Yum.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught tonight at Toronado in San Francisco, California. Light orange in color with attractive lacing, and I rarely say that anymore. Flavor and aroma is all about the hops and after being in California for two weeks straight, I’m sorry, but I want something more. Double IPA’S like Pizza Port Lou P Lin and Hoptown DUIPA have a signifnicant amount of malt flavor to balance the insane hop additions. This just doesn’t have any malt contibution whatsoever. Extremely hoppy with hints of dry, burned pine, juicy grapefruit along with big tangerine and orange flavors. An average DIPA, and I am surprised this is held in such high regard.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is what IIPAs are about. Bright clear orange with a very nice (especially for draft) white head. Big citrus/pine hop burst. Light caramel and bread. The flavor is nice quite balanced citrus/pine hoppiness with a good malt backing. Evely and pleasingly bitter throughout. Beautiful nice full dry mouthfeel with a wonderful crisp finish. Damn this Vinny can brew!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This will be a bare bones review, based on brief jottings made in the noisy environs of O’Brien’s pub, in the company of others, but tingling with the excitement of tasting this much anticipated ale, trying my best to capture the experience. When they bottle this nectar, I’ll attempt again to encapsulate it’s wonder.
Orange is the color, head is white, full, fresh.
Nose is lovely, floral, fruity, just absolutely aburst with pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tons of citrus...absolutely excellent!
Mouthfeel is slick and run over with hop oils. Taste is exhilirating, a blast of hops on the tongue, medium bodied, with a long, sticky, citric finish, and an utterly tangy texture. This seemed to fulfill whatever desires I’d need in a Double IPA, though the 8% abv didn’t really make a dent in me...(or did it?)...this was one of the must-try’s of my recent California visit, and I had several more samples on the next two days at the Strong Ale Fest just to be sure of it’s worthiness. Yes. Yes, indeed. Very much so, and then some.
I’m in twitchin’ anticipation for the day their bottling line runs, then this cult IPA can get even better recognition in the world at large!
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Golden ale. Smooth hops and malts aroma. Hops, hops, and more hops, malts and alcohol. Harsh bitterness, almost bilous. Scotch notes and woodiness. Very pleasant. (June 2004).
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big grapefruit and honey sweetness on the nose w/ slight soury notes. Orange and yellow in colr w/ lasting head and lacing. The flavor is soury and tart w/ loads of hops, pine and citrusy notes. Minor effervescence and a light body that tingles the tongue.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 Slightly orange with a small, frothy white head. Pine, grapefruit and floral aromas. Nice maltiness with that huge hoppy bitterness. Dry/ bitter aftertaste. Look up "Double IPA" in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Pliny.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 (draft, 1/12/05) Clear light amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, pine, some bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pine, some caramel. Medium-full body, some syrup. (8/4/9/4/17). (draft, 11/12/04) Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel. Hops are strong but not overpoweringly bitter. Medium body. I like hoppy beers that are sweet, but this borders on too sweet. (7/4/7/4/14)
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
To be gain the ranks of Double IPA, one must first meet the Elder. The journey is long and bitter, however great rewards can be reaped. You gaze upon the copper-golden mountain with a small snowcap a shade cream, Pliny the Elder sits atop and your mission is to meet and learn all that he has to give. However, there are many trials to overcome on this great path. The first trial, an assult of pine needles to your nasal cavity!!!! Oh the horror! And then trough through a river of sweetness where you are pelted with citrus fruit and unusually large grapefruit!! Oh no!!!! Run for your lives!! Can you overcome the terror of the dry climate that is the mountain of Pliny?!! The slightly sticky jungle will surely prevent even the strongest from making it all the way top.
Whatever any of that means, this is fucking good beer...
jgb9348 (4282) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2012 Rating #2 (eight years later):
Slightly hazy golden coloured body with a super large off-white head. Aroma of ridiculously pungent piney and resiny hops with a deep citrus note. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong hoppy notes with a deep pine and herbal flavour and some resin on top. Aftertaste is a bit more muted, but the complexity remains and the hops are still strong. Overall, a nice beer - but not amazing and still pungently hoppy. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from Hollingshead’s Deli in Orange, California on 06-December-2011 for US$7.99, bottled on 17-November-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 21-January-2012.
Rating for this sample: 8,3,7,3,13 - the same as before, on draught, eight years ago!!!
Clear copper coloured body with a thinnish white head. Aroma of pure cascade/citrus hops with a strong malt backbone. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong hoppiness with almost a candy sweetness. Aftertaste bittered by the flagrant hoppiness-a decent showing altogether! Overall, a decent Imperial IPA-worth a try for the last beer at Toronado & San Francisco! I sampled this pint from draught at Toronado in San Francisco, California on the second day of 10-June-2004...our first was spent in Sydney, Australia.
Rating for this sample: 8,3,7,3,13