Beaver (1649) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 500 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a smallish frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is piney resiney floral hops with some sweet caramel malt and a little fruitiness.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts initially with a little bright citric fruitiness that is quickly followed by a good sized piney peppery hop bite the lingers in the finish. This is excellent tasting and pretty well balanced (a little hop forward, but not a big messy hop bomb). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a velvety texture.
Overall, an excellent and well balanced DIPA!
unrulythings (73) - Bend, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 bottle. pours a bright golden color with a thick white head. insanely intense hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit, mango, and light pine. lots of floral and honey notes too. flavor is big, filled with notes of crisp hops, light malts, and fresh fruits. amazing.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong and ridiculously potent piney grapefruity citrusness going on here, and its delicous! Could drink this relatively unbalanced overly hopped hopbomb of a beer all evening, if I could score it for bottle price and not pay to ship it into Illi. Not quite hopslam greatness, but close. Its a style I love and a well made beer, nothing to complain about from my first bottle.
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer was definitely worth the trip, on tap at Russian River’s Brewpub. A glowing golden body with a decent, far from over-zealous head. Plenty of fresh hoppy aroma and a palate that deserves more than a 5/5. Flavor is amazing, bringing the best of both sweet and bitter. Despite it’s bounty of hops, the bitterness does not dominate, though it still comes across quite powerfully. What a beer!
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is close to a perfect beer in my opinion. A beautiful golden color with excellent lacing and a soft, silky mouthfeel. Oh, the hops in this one are enough to make me go wild, but there’s really an insanely perfect balance here with plenty of malt. The piney hop flavor dominates, but this is truly a masterpiece DIPA in my opinion.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Bottle. Aroma hop forward, and bitter hop forward but also with pine, grass, mango, cherry. Flavor also brings about a mintiness to the pine and all the flavor really opens up more in the mouth with less of an emphasis on the bitter and instead on all the pine, fruits, hops and malt together. Worried at first, but turned into something excellent. 7-4-9-4-17
Bottle, I believe exactly a month old upon consumption. And though I really didn’t take any notes this time around...wow, just wow...
LilBeerDoctor (3737) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2009 Reviewed on 8/25/08. Bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx (thanks Marc! I’ve been hoping to try this beer for awhile now!). Bottled 7/10/08. Pours a light orange with a thick foamy head. Aroma of super bitter grassy hops. Flavor is pretty similar to Blind Pig but with more malt. Initial sharp hops bite with some citrus and a slight sweetness and light fruitiness on the finish Pretty tasty although still on the bitter side.
Update 1/31/09. Bottled on 12/30/08. Pours a clear light orange with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and bitter grassy hops. Lots of citrus in the aroma (which I did not detect in the previous bottle). Flavor is bitter and grassy initially with a sweet, citrusy (lots of orange peel!) finish. Mostly on the bitter side. Hop-forward for sure and I really would like to see a little bit stronger malt base in this. No change in #s just comments!
Update 3/30/09: On tap at Capone’s. Pours orange with no real head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and hops oils (similar to Younger). Flavor lacks the grassy hops I got in the bottled version. More malty and not as fruity as I remember (although more citrus comes out as the beer warms). Nice hop oils. Quite tasty, probably a tie between the tap version and super fresh bottled version. Ironically, the fresher this is, the more malt I get from it, not sure why. Obviously, still a delight.
Update 6/24/09: Apparently Pliny is one of my most updated ratings! Anyway, I was lucky to get another fresh bottle (4 weeks old) from Naven and it was even more awesome than I remember. Lots of glorious hop oils and grassy hops and crackery malt. Superbly enjoyable. Yep, I’ve gotta up my rating.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2010 On tap at the Toronado in SF. Didn’t have much head, but as fast as the place was pouring it, I knew it was fresh. Smelled like Christmas trees, tasted of piny and citrusy hops. Perfect carbonation, perfect thickness. Wasn’t too sweet or malty, but not too overly bitter and dry.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/24/08 On draught at the Dog & Pony, Renton, Wa. Aroma is sweet, floral and smooth with no harsh characteristics. Appearance is clear gold with a well maintained white head. Flavor is grassy caramel with slight harshness, but very little. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light starchiness and a low carb texture. Overall, big and complex, but relatively decent for drinkability; still the standard.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled 7/30/08. Poured a hazy golden/orange with a thick, not big, off white head, great lacing on this one too. Aroma of FRESH hops literally jumps out and slaps you in the face. Other aromas include some grapefruit, pine, and hop resin. Flavor is a smooth yet spicy (hop spicy), grapefruit, resin, and pine. The hops are not overwhelming like you might expect of a impy IPA of this caliber. I personally didnt know to much about this beer when I bought it, other than the employee telling me "I must" but after drinking this, Im gonna say this is the best imerial/double IPA I have had. Fecking delicious. I want more!