argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 (draft, 1/12/05) Clear light amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, pine, some bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pine, some caramel. Medium-full body, some syrup. (8/4/9/4/17). (draft, 11/12/04) Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel. Hops are strong but not overpoweringly bitter. Medium body. I like hoppy beers that are sweet, but this borders on too sweet. (7/4/7/4/14)
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
To be gain the ranks of Double IPA, one must first meet the Elder. The journey is long and bitter, however great rewards can be reaped. You gaze upon the copper-golden mountain with a small snowcap a shade cream, Pliny the Elder sits atop and your mission is to meet and learn all that he has to give. However, there are many trials to overcome on this great path. The first trial, an assult of pine needles to your nasal cavity!!!! Oh the horror! And then trough through a river of sweetness where you are pelted with citrus fruit and unusually large grapefruit!! Oh no!!!! Run for your lives!! Can you overcome the terror of the dry climate that is the mountain of Pliny?!! The slightly sticky jungle will surely prevent even the strongest from making it all the way top.
Whatever any of that means, this is fucking good beer...
jgb9348 (4781) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2012 Rating #2 (eight years later):
Slightly hazy golden coloured body with a super large off-white head. Aroma of ridiculously pungent piney and resiny hops with a deep citrus note. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong hoppy notes with a deep pine and herbal flavour and some resin on top. Aftertaste is a bit more muted, but the complexity remains and the hops are still strong. Overall, a nice beer - but not amazing and still pungently hoppy. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from Hollingshead’s Deli in Orange, California on 06-December-2011 for US$7.99, bottled on 17-November-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 21-January-2012.
Rating for this sample: 8,3,7,3,13 - the same as before, on draught, eight years ago!!!
Clear copper coloured body with a thinnish white head. Aroma of pure cascade/citrus hops with a strong malt backbone. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong hoppiness with almost a candy sweetness. Aftertaste bittered by the flagrant hoppiness-a decent showing altogether! Overall, a decent Imperial IPA-worth a try for the last beer at Toronado & San Francisco! I sampled this pint from draught at Toronado in San Francisco, California on the second day of 10-June-2004...our first was spent in Sydney, Australia.
Rating for this sample: 8,3,7,3,13
omhper (19695) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled draught at O’Briens, San Diego.
Bronze colour, small creamy head. Grapefruty hop aroma. Rich, boldly malty and salty with fairly soft mouthfeel. Rude, salty, very bitter finish.
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at O’Briens - This style continues to impress me. Orange color and damn fine looking. It has a bitter citrus flavor. A heavy orange and floral scent is present. Pretty standard for the style but there is nothing wrong with that.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap Toronado: Unreal grapefruit power, just oozes out of this beer. soft body but really just hop juice. Very drinkable and nice for style I don’t normally enjoy.
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a fine IPA, also had this on tap @ naja’s poured golden w/a small-med. size head, aroma & taste were hoppy, piney & citrusy, malts were well balance. a bitter brew, clean & crisp finish.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap - Toronado in SF) Deep gold with small head. Pine hops in the aroma and flavor. Pretty well balanced.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap @ Cato’s. Pliny pours a beautiful pale gold with a lacy white head. aroma is a wonderful combination of citrus and pine, with some white pepper notes. the flavor is all resiny hop, with enough malt to back it up, although the malt flavor is not terribly distinctive. beer is quite dry and crisp for its size, making it very easy to drink. very good imperial IPA.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great IPA! Had it on tap at Najas place. Very hoppy flavor and aroma, but goes down smooth. I loved this one!