Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Pliny pours with a deep golden-orange hue, and it wafts with hoppy aromas such as flowers, pine and citrus. Unlike many IPAs, Pliny is balanced with a solid malt backbone that has notes of bread dough and caramel. The texture of the beer is smooth and weighty, yet tremendously easy to quaff. The 8 percent alcohol is hidden well. Bright hop flavors and aromas are detectable from start to finish, and they only leave behind a moderate level of bitterness. Lasting hints of lemon, grapefruit, pine and flowers linger nicely into the aftertaste.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/06/02: Had on tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival
The first thing you notice about this beer is its strong hoppy aroma. The golden yellow appearance nicely hides the bite the beer has on the first sip. An amazing blend of hops and citrus flavor linger afterwards. My first Russian River brew - hopefully not my last.
beerdedbastard (22) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a "TRUE" 5.0 in my book.I had a draft sample(and 4-5 more?!?)of this at a recent Strong Ale fest;and would vote it best of show of the 60+/ 8%abv+ beers there.
It’s HUGE hop aroma is so fresh/and re-freshing; smack you around,and tie you up with the hopvine aggresive.That in itself makes this a hop-heads wet dream.
But it carries into the balanced body,crisp dry mouthfeel and follow through,giving it Amazing drinkability...
This quickly became my "back to..." beer of the fest! It would always bring my palate back to neutral,after some "less worthy" brews!
KEEP ’EM COMIN’,Vinnie!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mr Pliny poured a viscous, cloudy yellow with a very thin head and an intense hop filled aroma. There is absolutely no restraint here to hide the hops behind the maltiness, trust me....it is however extremely smooth given the dry citrusy hops I was exposed to. The aroma totally got me in the mood for this one, and the finish wasnt bad either. Its solid, and the florals get the job done.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge hop aroma. Poured a copper brew with a thick tan head. Hop aroma just jumped out of the glass. Piney with a big resiny mouthfeel.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 re-rate 28 June 2008
on draft at beachwood bbq
beautiful citric, fruity, hoppy nose follwed by a hoppy flavor w/ a nicely balanced malty finish. tasty
-------& Strong Ale Fest: A hop monster w/ a mouthful of pine.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow the aroma leapt out of the glass and grabbed my nostrils saying that they were taken hostage by huge amounts of hops. the flavor is the same, lots and lots of west coast citrus hops. Golden clear in appearrance. this one is definitely full of hops. bitter finish hung around in my throat i need a barleywine to wash it out. good stuff though and great name.
sarie99 (49) - San Francisco, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great hops, smooth bitterness, balanced by the 3 C’s.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops!!! Medium carbonation, malty. Smooth bitterness. Perhaps some centennial, cascade, columbus hops. For the hophead in all of us.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2003 I first rated this a 3? what was i on? crack? super piney and bitter..not too sticky..and super hoppy bitterness in the end..