kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My old Latin teacher loved Pliny and he loved to drink so I’m sure this would have been a winner with him. Typical hop aroma with a really nice balanced hop taste. Not quite as malty as Younger, but just as complex. My second favorite IIPA after Younger.
RedSox2004 (1497) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Father’s Office. Extraordinary. Slightly hazy golden orange with a generous bright white head. Strong hops aroma that featured grapefruit, pine and orange. More grapefruit and pine in the taste, but balanced out with just enough malt sweetness to make this something special. Medium body and carbonation, the hops oils left a clean, tangy bitterness that left a great impression.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2L growler courtesy of my girlfriend. Pours a nice crystal clear golden color with a huge pillowy head that stays around for quite a while. Aroma is grapfruit, citrus and a small amount of sweetness and malt. Taste is surprising drinkable. Good malty sweet flavors up front then the hops hit. But not ridiculously like many DIPA’s. Very drinkable.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler @ ORL throwdown, courtesy of dchmela. #100. Golden body, topped with a white head. Hops! Floral, citrus, pine, just huge. Multi-layered hop aroma waft around a nice malt backbone. Pineapple, apricot, some citrus hop flavor and then a nice drying bitterness wraps it all up. A touch of acidity and nice medium mouthfeel with a nice bit of carbonation that I bet would just increase if out of a bottle or straight from the tap. This is amazingly drinkable, just lovely!
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Liars Club. Clear amber with a tight head. Big grassy and floral hop aromas. Smooth medium body. Nice hop party flavors are grapefruit, flowers, with some light malt sweetness to balance. Very easy drinking double IPA here.
Nik925 (779) - USA - JUN 2, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing, hands down the best use of hops I have ever had. Strong grapefruit over bitter hop flavor. Best Double IPA out there.
dchmela (2886) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler courtesy Taverner. I couldn’t wait to crack open this bad boy and it did not disappoint. Pours out a golden orange with a thin foamy head. Big huge hoppy aroma. Very orange, grapefruit, hell all of the citrus you could find in this aroma with a woody pine in there also. Definitely something to sit and ponder for awhile. Taste has tons of grapefruit dryness with just hints of malt, yet somehow keeps all of this balanced and smooth. I did not feel like this was too over the top at any point (though, my taste buds might have been shredded at this point). Just a classic DIPA.
PhillyBeer2112 (2678) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Throwdown. A pleasure it was to finally try this great beer. And that is a serious hop aroma. All sweet pine and grapefruit. Clean bready malts provide a good foundation for more majorly citric hop flavors, with touches of pine. Pretty huge on the hop front. Clean all around. Amber color.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler, courtesy dchmela. First off, what a cool looking growler! I practically expected a genie to come spewing out of the vessel. The pour is a clear, shining golden orange color. A foamy white head leaves soapy, spotty lacing behind. The nose simply explodes from the glass with striking notes of juicy, fresh-picked oranges, grapefruits, and lemons. A lightly sweet, pale malt background sets the perfect backdrop for the massive hop profile to do its thing. The flavor is deliciously juicy, with bitter, resinous citrus and lemongrass hops shining amidst lightly toasted toffee malts. There’s nothing overly complex going on, but it is so well blended it is incredible. Medium-full, smooth, slightly sticky body. This is so incredibly drinkable. A delicious IIPA that ranks right up there with the best of them.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the pub. Yep...this is a very nice IPA. Although I admit I had proped this up in my head for some time...so I was a wee bit disappointed. Very rich hops, surprisingly creamy body. I prefer some of Ballast Point’s IPA more, but this is still a damn fine IPA.