Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ O’Brien’s San Diego
The beer pours somewhat deep amber; the head is white and full in size, the texture semi-creamy with the lace a velum like sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is hop floral, sweet malt underneath, lime like crispness, fresh and a treat for the nose as well as the eyes. “Zap” the hops slam your taste buds to attention, magnificent is a word I think fits perfectly, stern acidity with a hop spicy dry aftertaste that leaves you puckering and eager for another taste. A beer certainly made for us lovers of hops and another great example of the big California Imperial IPA’s.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liar’s Club - tap - San Diego. Clear amber and gold, creamy off-white head. Nose is big shots of fresh "C" hops with grapefruit, sticky sweet pine, florals, apricot, and some earthy caramel. Flavor matches aroma. Medium to full-bodied, smooth, creamy, semi-dry finish. You want the typical beer taste of Southern Cali, you gotta try this one for sure. Good stuff!
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange gold color. Large head. Aroma is floral hops, fruity and sweet. A medium to full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, piney, floral and citrusy. A remarkably well-balanced IPA. Malts and hops clash and balance with every sip. Hoppy and bitter yet fruity and sweet. Great hop signature. Creamy full mouthfeel. NICE beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.
hopscotch (9152) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Liar’s club in San Diego...
Crystal clear, golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention and excellent, thick, creamy lace. The aroma is of cascade hops, apricot, spruce, light smoke and habanero without the heat. The flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter finish with a little grassiness at the very end.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco; my first IIPA. Bronze coloring with a small head; a fruity flavor finished off by a nice bitter finish. A big beer, and a great one.
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Englander. Orange body with medium white head. Great piney hop aroma. Strong spicy bitterness is fairly balanced by the malts--more so than in their standard IPA. Alcohol is hardly detectable for a beer of this strength.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Poured clear amber with a thick, creamy white head. Delicious aroma dominated by grapefruit hops, malts noticible as well. Rich flavor, carmelly malts, wow, way grapefruity hop flavor with more hops.
A little unbalanced but not bad. Body is smooth and full with creamy carbonation.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This IIPA pours with an orange amber body topped by a thin head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and grapefruity with tons of bitter, piney hop notes. The flavor is very bitter, piney and hoppy with a slight grapefruit note. This is one of the hoppiest beers I’ve ever had. Full bodied, warming and slightly dry.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, Toronado, San Fransisco. Full on Americn hops in both aroma and flavour. Massive grapefruit pine, and heavy bittrness. Despite being massively hopped this manages to maintain some balance and softness around the edges. A good beer.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 (Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) Strongly hoppy aroma is amazing and let’s you know what you’re in for with this beer: hops, hops and more freakin’ hops! Unfortunately, this double IPA is less malty than some others in this category, so this ends up being strongly dominated by the hops right from the start, and especially in the finish where wince-inducing grapefruit and hops are pushing the legal limit; For the amount of hops, it is surprisingly moderate in bitterness though; The 8% alcohol is well hidden; Clean and crisp on the palate, though definitely a medium to full bodied beer; Light amber color; Huge carbonation bubbles rise very quickly through the beer; Off white head has average retention and leaves some patchy lacing.<hr>(Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA; 28-Jan-05) Compared side-by-side with Pliny the Younger, and while I like Pliny the Elder, I definitely like the Younger more. Again, my impression is that this beer isn’t as balanced as I prefer, with the malt just being terribly submissive to the hops. Very hoppy, very bitter, strong grapefruit, and that remains consistent from start to finish. So if you’re an all out hophead, Pliny the Elder is your Imperial IPA, but if you’re like me and prefer a potent malt presence in your Imperial IPAs, Younger is better.