mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Far and Away the best IPA iíve ever had. The Chardonay barrel storage makes this brew exceptional.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Handbottle, with an enormous THANKS to john_adam2002 for sharing his acquisition from realale420! Pours a crystal clear golden with a fizzy off-white head that drifts down to a thin covering, little lacing. Aroma is a blast of hops - strong grapefruit, citrus, and just a whiff of caramel maltiness. Flavor is a nice hops bite, but not puckery and sticky bitter, just a long spicy hop finish. Palate is medium carbonation and mouthfeel. I have found HopSlamís West Coast equal and itís name is Pliny the Elder! Awesome stuff, and big thanks again to john_adam2002 for getting this into my appreciative hands and mouth! Now I just need to find my own keg, or better yet, get RR to bottle this stuff and distribute my way...
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
$4 Poured from tap at Stone Brewery restaurant. Huge hoppy aroma. Stone always does a spectacular job with carbonation: thick creamy, tiny bubble head. Great lacing. Taste has nice hoppy bitterness. Like stuffing a wad of mild hops into your mouth. Very drinkable, especially as it warms up.
unclemattie (4183) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
25April07 on tap @ Russian River. orange color. great white lacing. lots of citrus, grapefruit. wonderful hop flavor. light malt character, creamy chewy texture. medium bodied. My glass is sticky.
alexanderj (3317) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Really happy that this was at the Pizza Port in Solana Beach (only location that had it on the day I went to all of them). A more gold than orange amber. Aroma was citrus and pine hops; with some caramel malt and a general sweetness. Flavor was much of the same. Dry finish. Very hoppy finish. Sticky mouthfeel; some toasted malt in the flavor. Rerate; probably overrated it thefirst time, but it is still good stuff.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed this one a Oíbriens. A nice clear amber with a thick white head. Smells of sweet and refreshing hops. Strong citrus and pine the malt at the end evens out would you would wxpect to be very bitter. Very nice DIPA.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Russian River. A beautiful beer with a big hoppy aroma. Pine and citrus notes in the taste with a good finish. A damn good IPA; second only to Pliny the Younger.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2007 This is the best IIPA Iíve ever had. Poured a goldern color with a nice size white head that lingered. Smell was of hops, citrus, and light malt. Taste was a great balance of hops and malt. Very hoppy brew but it wasnít overpowering. Very smoothe.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Special thanks to MrBendo and mwsf for the hand-bottles! Mr. Pliny poured a clear, deep, and fiery red with a beautiful initial cap of creamy off-white head... receded to a wispy dusting and a looser ring after a few minutes. The aroma picked up rich, pulled caramel and a faint hint of chocolate surrounded by one of the grandest hop bouquets I have come across... a delectable blend of pine resin, grapefruit, and pineapple.. leaning slightly toward the fruits.
This lost nothing in the flavor department... syrupy foray onto the palate brings heavier caramel and pine resin notes.. bitter pineapple emerges around the tongue and and through the finish while the grapefruit dances through intermittantly... rather high bitterness is adequately balanced by the maltage... leaves very lenghty residual resin bitterness and toffee sweetness for the finish. Just a fantastic brew!
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottle from MrBendo. Aroma: Lightly sweet maltiness with a touch of caramel. Lots of citrus hop with notes of grapefruit, apricot, and pineapple. Some light pine with a trailing edge of resin. Some great floral aromas. Appearance: Deep amber in color and faintly hazed. Off-white head was full and foamy with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Some light bready malt with a bit of caramel. Ton of hop flavor running the gamut: Piney and resinous, grapefruit and orange, floral and grass. Bitterness is pretty strong, but very smooth at the same time. Dry finish with a bunch of hop flavor carrying over. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: Great IIPA. This was really good from a handbottle, and I have to imagine itís awesome fresh from the tap.