bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is THE Ipa. Many claim to make the same, but I have never had anything like it. Pours hazy golden with little head at the RRBC. The aroma is overwhelming. A beer of this nature can often be too sweet with unfermentible sugars. That is what is so unique about Pliny the Elder. This huge ipa is digestible and dry. The bitter is so well balanced with residual sugars.
I try to have this beer on a regular basis in the valley and it never fails to impress.
P.S. It is pronounced Plin-E’. Not Pl-eye-nee. At least that was the mans name who this beer is named after.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 On tap at Flanigan’s boathouse in summer 2006, can’t believe I haven’t rated it yet. Got extremely drunk that afternoon on $5 glasses of this and PLiny the Younger. Took off work early to go to this 5:00pm event. Had it several times since then, all on tap.
On to the brew, an incredibly balanced, refreshing IIPA with bursts of fresh west-coast hops. Not overwhelmingly sweet, but has a nice little kick of candi sugar. Wonderful mouthfeel, soft, tingly, and fresh. Slighly subdued aroma and flavor compared to its brother. A great experience to try this one.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 On tap at the Toronado in SF. Thanks to a rainy day, I had a few of these as well as a few more other pints. It was a good day. Bright hazy golden orange with thin but lasting head and great lacing. Yummy citrus and tropical fruit; sweet; mango, perhaps a bit of sweet ruby red grapefruit. Grass and sweet resin. Floral but not overly astringent. Not too intense piney-ness but hoppy as hell. Just so so so fresh. Somehow thin but not watery.; perfect drinkable mouthfeel. Excellent.
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my all time favourite hoppy ales. On this trip, 18 months to the last, my memory is still right. Even at 8% it carries the alcohol well, and the hops just keep assaulting the senses. I would love to see a red version of this ale, but that’s just painting a classic a different colour.
breals (7) - USA - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is one of my favorite beers. It’s hoppy with a citrus finish that gives me a warm glow. I drank about 5 pints of this on tap @ O’brien’s Pub in San Diego.
BigJeffHead (7) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had two Plinys (Plinies?) at the brewpub while talking beer with Jeff behind the bar (super nice guy who knows his beers). What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Deee-lish! Spectacular balance between malt and hops, visually beautiful, fantastic bitterness. Right up there with 3F Dreadnaught. Well done!
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at the Toronado. Golden color, great clarity. Off-white head with moderate retention and good lacing. Strong aroma of hops (resin, pine, citrus, ammonia). Initial flavors are hops: resin, citrus, pine. Noticable ammonia notes as well. Strong alcohol flavor kicks in after a few seconds. Toasty malt notes also apparent. Nice bitter finish. Medium body, Moderate carbonation. Nice long, smooth finish for an 8% beer. Some alcohol warmth and dry finish from abundant hops. A strong beer, but very drinkable considering the high hopping level and fairly high alcohol level. Most excellent.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. It was an excellent crafted DIPA. We went on a beer tasting sojourn in the area. Though this was very, very excellent, outstanding IMHO has to go to Bear Republic in Healdsburg.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap. Pours a slightly yellowish, deep orange color. Fluffy white head that fades, but not completely, and leaves a good amount of lace on the glass. Not as aggressive on the nose as one would expect. Grassy with some pine as well, but not bitter smelling, this brew smells somewhat sweet. Tastes more bitter than it smells. Grassy and citrusy. I taste bitter grapefruit as well as the piney, hoppy flavor you’d expect. Palate is somewhat thickish in a good, hoppy sort of way. Nice carbonation that fades towards the end of the glass. Not the best DiPA I’ve ever had, but still very, very good.
illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at Toronado.
Nice dull copper color with an inch of off white head. INSANE lacing, the suds are so sticky they’ll probably have to sandblast the residue off the glass. Good retention.
If somebody suffocated you with a sack of hops, this would be your dying whiff. Monstrous pine, grapefruit, some sweet citrus, citrus rind, a medley of floral notes.
Flavor contains an outrageous amount of hops, but the blend and balance therein makes this beer special. Never acrid or overpowering, the citrusy flavors stand stable. A perfect amount of doughy caramely malt loiters in this festival of hops.
Carbonation is crisp, mouthfeel is very smooth. A terminal bitterness dries the mouth.
I would power through an entire growler of this stuff if I could keep from passing out. Top notch beer.