stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Caponeís for the Pliny tasting event. Pours clear amber/copper with a one finger thick off white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel malts, and citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet caramel upfront, small touches of fruit, citrus, and a bitter hoppy finish.
alohaC (12) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Toronado, Ben ní Nickís, Liarís Club, OíBrienís and too many times to count, so itís about time I review my boy, Pliny. Pours golden and slightly amber-ish with a nice, rock steady head. Sticking your nose in the glass in one of the true pleasures in craft beer - lots of sweet, fruity hops and caramel malt in a near perfect symphony. Tastes like it smells, only better. Resinous, sweet citrus hop candy with just the right balance of caramel and biscuity malts. It glides across your tongue and finishes super clean, a bit dry and with no alcohol burn. For me, this beer defines everything a IIPA should be. Extremely drinkable, sessionable - a brewing masterpiece. My favorite/#1/ if stuck on a deserted island beer of choice.
pbrick (13) - Roseville, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Scores so high because I honestly feel this defines the style. 0.1 left just in case this really isnít the best double IPA in the world. Wonderful in every way, in every sip - light color, lighter body than expected, wonderful aroma and a taste that is both exciting and wonderful. Bready up front, slightly sweet, quickly followed by the amazing citrus taste and perfect bittering. Finished dry, lingering bittering pleasant and alcohol warmth that is slight, but apparent. I love this beer.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 On tap at Liarís, Obrienís, Hamiltonís...etc...I am a HUGE fan of this beer. It has the perfect balance of hops, malts, alcohol, and flavor. Nice blend of citrus, pine, and bittering hops. A great sipper or a good session beer - good for any occasion. Great at 8% and not too in your face. A staple in my diet!
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(On tap - Toronado) Clear, pale amber golden with a small, white head. Very fresh piney aroma. Medium body with a dry malt base and an extremely dry hopping - a bit too dry for me. But a very lovely and complex hop structure. Astringent bitterness in the finish. 290307
hapjydeuce (990) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
F***ín great double IPA, one of the best Ive had, maybe except for Pure Hoppiness. On tap at Liars Club. I was surprised at the color, expected it to be a little darker for an imperial, but the aroma was fantastic. Excellent lacing. Floral, rich and green, smells of pine forest, orange and ginger...and of course the all-glorious hops! What amazed me the most about this brew was the balance, the hops were near-perfectly compensated by the malts, and the palate was not stingy or too bitter for that matter, but polished in a way that makes you look that much forward to the next sip. Bomb!
hayduke (4282) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 8, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was on-draft in a 16 oz glass from the Russian River Brewpub in Santa Rosa. I have heard a lot about this, so was looking forward to seeing if it lived up to its reputation. The brews were all listed in various color chalks on a board behind the bar, and according to it this one checked in at 92 BUís and 8% ABV. When it was set in front of me I could smell the hops from two feet away. This one is potent! The odor just leaps out of the glass with piney and floral hops. You donít need to take a big sniff to get what is going on here. Besides the hops, there are also some wonderful rich malts, nuts toffee, caramel, and fruit. I cannot imagine a beer smelling any better than this. As a pub pour it came without any head, but after drinking off the first inch, and almost swooning in the process, I swirled it and got a nice fat off-white head that left lots of fat chunks of lacing on the sides of the glass. A beautiful light orange, this is a feast for the eyes and as the head slowly settles down you are so taken by its overall beauty you almost hate to disturb it. The flavor is similar to the nose, and while the malts and the hops dominate, there is a serious bitter finish worthy of a DIPA. The mouthfeel was excellent, very rich and creamy and simply glides across the teeth and tongue. It tastes just as good going down the pipe as it did at first sip. The brew is simply incredible. It has that wonderful bitterness that all great DIPAs should have, and hides the alcohol very well. It is too bad this is only available on tap, because I would love to share this with my friends so they can appreciate it also. I have been saving a second 4.8 for just a brew like this. Ranks with the best beer I have every had the pleasure of drinking. Maybe Pliny the Younger will be that perfect 5.0 if I ever get to taste it
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating from memory. On tap upstairs at the Brickskeller, D.C. Having been supping on fresh hop brews, I wasnít prepared to be as knocked over by this as I was. Wow, a rich and fresh IIPA on a par with the mighty Ruination. Not sweet and cloying, but definitely some tasteful bready malts in there, this one comes on all citrus and grass but has a long, well balanced finish. Awesome.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
rating #400!! Sampled on tap at the 5th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. pours clear amber with big white head. nose is very fresh PNW hops. flavor is a wonderfully balanced PNW hops with cookies and caramel notes. alcohol is well hidden. this is really tasty and something i could drink all day long.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy Orange with Dark Brown/Red Hue and White Ring. Heavy Citrusy and Piney Hops on the Nose. Noticeably a Bit of Syrupy Potentcy About it. Very Well Balanced Imperial. Hops Are Huge and Tasty but Wonderfully Held in Check, Making This a Wonderful All Around Brew. Instead of Being Hop Water the Sweet Maltiness Allows You to Fully Explore The Citrusy Hops As They Roll Around Your Mouth. Outstanding.