jgaston (1) - USA - OCT 5, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Finally got to try this one on-tap at Barclay’s in Oakland. Pours a nice amber orange with a pillowy, creamy white head. The nose on this brew really blew me away. Smells of all kinds of fresh fruit, citrus, and flowers.
The taste is also very nice. There’s an underlying taste of sweet malt, but the hops really steal the show here. The hops don’t overpower you the they do in some other brews though. Mouthfeel is medium, with very good carbonation. A great brew that I am very glad to have tried. Believe the hype folks. If you get the chance to try this one, don’t pass it up.
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2008 GABF 2006. Pale straw color, slight haze, clear, light head. Aroma - hops dominate, mostly pine, light citrus. Light body--similar to a blonde ale but with monster hops. Piney hops dominate this beer. Overall, a really good beer for piney hop lovers, but it didn’t live up to expectations.
10/11/08 - Bottle/Update. I agree with my prior assessment, but I bumped a few of my numbers as I enjoyed this quite a bit more this time around (and probably because I didn’t drink a 100 other beers the same day). It’s more of an imperial pale in terms of flavor (though certainly not according to ABV!), but if you want some hop domination without a lot of malt to fill you up, this is a tasty choice.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 Re-rate based upon draft at Capone’s and a couple of growlers taken out. Hazy orange in color with a nice medium off white head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is just an incredible explosion of citrus, pine, and lightly pungent columbus hops. The citrus aroma is incredibly bright with grapefruit, peach, orange. Taste is also a ton of hoppy goodness, but it never tastes over the top. Citrus- mango, peach, and grapefruit stickyness intertwines nicely with a moderate piney bitterness. The body is light to medium, showcasing the hops extremely well, with a light dextrinous creamy body that rounds this out perfectly. Finishes with a lingering, smooth moderate bitterness, and a light citrus sweetness. The best straight up IIPA that I have had, and perhaps will have.
patrick767 (3573) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at the brewpub - The best of the generous RR sampler that I tried, Pliny the Elder starts off with a solid citrus hops aroma. The flavor is of course intensely hoppy with lots of malt kicked in for balance. There are citrus notes and a little alcohol noticeable in the flavor. The finish is moderately hoppy and lingers pleasantly for a long time. Well done.
Gjohnson9894 (3) - Chantilly, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Talked myself into standing in line at the Stone 10th long enough to try this - absolutely fantastic. From the nose to the toes, this is an incredible double IPA! Now to find a store who carries it in VA!
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally was able to sample the Godfather of double IPA’s at the Stone 10th party. Fruity, piney hop aroma. Lots of fresh hops, grapefruit, pine sap, grass and earth in the flavor. Very smooth, the ABV wasn’t even noticed.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2008 Much needed Re-rate, bottle from Beverages for Less in Santee. Pours orange with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is wonderful with big big hops and a lot of character and reminiscent of yulesmith. Taste is big with lots of massive hops and a lot of kick.
on tap at the Live Wire, light straw color, cloudy with a thin almost nothing head. Hoppy aroma, with a bitter lingering citrus taste. The aftertaste as a nice punch to it.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at O’briens. Yummy! Pours clear and golden in colour with almost no head. Aroma and flavour of (believe it or not) pines, hops and also notes of spices. Hints of citrus and raisins and is kinda floral as well. Very nice.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia. Huge grapefuit aroma. Gold yellow straw in color with thin white head. Flavors is sharp citrus twang, grapefuit skins and floral hoppiness.
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-- I almost wonder if the server at the Greylodge had their taps backwards between elder and younger. We all felt that the elder that we were served was hoppier than the younger.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Toronado. creamy off-white head, clear golden yellow body. aroma is sweaty hops, pine cone resin. flavor is pine needles - very hoppy. a bit pithy too. sparkly carbonation. liked the pine better than your typical grapefruit flavors. bitter finish and aftertaste. lacing makes patterns like layers of teeth.