cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soft herbal sweetness in aroma, less striking than PtY but still very aromatic and sticky. Prickly mouthfeel, obvious biscuity malt flavor with a subtleness to it that you have to look for. Bright, fairly light finish.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ SDBC. Folks, it doesn’t get much better than this. Hoppy. Enough said.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 On tap at Russian River Brewing Co. This beer exceeded my expectations. GABF 2005 double ipa gold medal winner and now I know why. Awesome hoppy, grassy aroma . From the instance this brew hits your tongue it kicks ass! The flavor of hops, pine, citrus and bitterness explode in your mouth! The flavor lingers in your mouth making you crave more. I had to take a growler of this home with me. If you are a hop-head, you must treat your palate to this exquisite treat!
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap at The Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA. pours an amber-orange. NO head. very similar to the Blind Pig IPA except it is more hoppy and the flavors are a bit more rich and complex. texture is oily. aroma of piney hops. tastes of mild hops, florals and oranges. bitter at the beginning then settles into the florals. finishes sour like green grapes.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap strangly enough at the Deli at the Korbel winery. poured no head and a tad on the flat side. I must say that i am a bit dissapointed. aroma is not as big as i would like from such a hoppy beast and. kind of boring after a few sips as this was fairly one dimensional and not super smooth.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Najas
Clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Big piney hop aroma is dominating and really opens up nicely as the beer warms up. Big hoppy flavor from front to back. Very long finish with both hop flavor and a moderate bitterness.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Biscuity malts are subsumed with resinous pine and orange blossom scented hops in the nose. Clear golden body is topped by a generous and lasting white head that well. Resinous spruce, pine, orange and grapefruit hop flavours are strong though there is also an equally strong sweet malt profile that is balanced by the assertive, green bitterness that is somewhat rough. Dry medium body with lively carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - DEC 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear burnt orange with a huge white, highly aromatic head. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. Smells of extreme hops - pine, not as floral as other IIPAS, some citrus (grapefruit and perhaps bitter orange?). Tastes like pine, citrus, and intense hop bitterness. MEdium body, slightly chewy. Not a lot of carbonation. Crisp with a bitter pine finish. Excellent!
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large hop aroma with much the same on the palate. Citrus in there as well. I was extremely pleased with this beer and was lucky to catch it on tap.
JFGrind (1883) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Thanks to RB.com I’ve heard the name ’Pliny the Elder’ but knew nothing of the beer or who brewed it. After sampling this Russian River offering I can tell you Pliny is one hell of a 2XIPA. Large hop nose, grapefruit flavor and overalll a well polished glass of hoppy delight.