tmoreau (3266) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Everyone cleared their palate with copious amounts of water before trying this one. A shared 16.9 oz. bottle poured to snifters displaying a clear & bright, golden hue, with presentable, bubbly white head foam, and clingy spots & strands of lacing. The nose started out dank, then pleasantly pungent notes of citrus as grapefruit & lemon, with a bit of resinous backing. Light to medium bodied, with decent effervescence to the carbonation, just a hint of mellowing caramel sweetness, and a mild alcohol presence, the taste also included a healthy & lingering, citrusy & earthy hop bitterness, but 100 IBUs? Not blown away, but quite smooth, and balanced in all the right places.
Juiceman (6) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2015 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Easily the best beer I have tasted so far. I had to go back and get a second pint during a tasting to enjoy it again. I will certainly keep coming back for this delicious brew. Mild aroma but packs huge flavor! I'm surprised it has an IBU of 100.
electrotype (487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
À la fois douce et amère, chargée de résine de conifères mais laissant également deviner des petites baies rouges en arrière plan. C’est très facile à boire, il n’y a rien de démesuré et la texture est douce et soyeuse. L’alcool est parfaitement camouflée. Je dois par contre dire que mes goûts au niveau de la bière ont changé depuis quelques temps et les (D)IPA ont davantage de difficulté à atteindre le sommet de mon palmarès. La Pliny est une bière réussie mais qui, à mon avis, ne vient pas réellement changer la donne pour les amateurs de bières du Québec, situés si près des géantes vermontoises.
Luckylucy667 (41) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big pine mango hop aroma. Taste sticky n sweet, finishes with big hop oil mouth costing hoppy bitterness.
faust7 (4) - - SEP 18, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Opened within a month of bottling, and kept it refrigerated at all times. Poured a cloudy golden yellow, and the head was quick to dissipate. I took a quick whiff and while subtle, there were a lot of hoppy and earthly tones that meshed really well. The first sip hit me with a traditional IIPA feel of sharp bitterness and flavor, but the finish was ungodly smooth for its style. The hops linger a little bit afterwards, not enough to be annoying, but just soft enough to it’s easy to remember the flavor long after you’ve finished with the sip. Overall a wonderful beer, although the effort put in to find it is a little off putting.
malkhalif (4) - - SEP 15, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 510ml bottled on 082115. 25 days old bottle. In a large tulip.
Aroma: Pine, lots of pine. Not a lot of dank, this is different than heady. Little on the citrus side, just a little grapefruit rind. This is the father of all the floral, spicy and herbal dipas. Not too hoppy, and that’s why perhaps you hear once in a while how this is very disappointing beer. There is a significant present of nice bready malts in here.
Appearance: Clear bright golden in color. Nice little white foamy head. Those bubbles are just so beautiful to watch. Has a nice carbonation for a dipa.
Taste: malty, sweet and bitter. Piney and spicy. Little herbal finish and nice little dryness. Wonderfull and complex.
Palate: The mouthfeel reminds me a lot of Blind Pig, very unique, and hard to articulate. Oily, sticky and very lively.
Overall: Pliny is unique. The mouthfeel, the carbonation, the spicy/herbal/piney notes here are unique. Don’t call this beer overrated because it’s not better than heady or other east coast ipas.
TimE (4547) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color. The nose is full on malt and hop assault. Citrus, pine, bread, candied apples jump from the nose. The mouth shows some caramel notes with prickly hops character. The hops are very sharp in this beer and the bitterness. This is really a well made beer but fairly malty and some what sweet. I appreciate its craftsmanship, but I wouldn’t be reaching for this all the time. Give me a San Diego IPA over this anytime.
Beersiveknown (4664) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample at beer bloggers conference, courtesy of jay brooks, cheers!
clear apricot golden amber with fluffy beige head. Super fruity tangerines and mango on the nose, moderate body, not overly bitter but super hop-forward in flavour and aroma, amazing balance.
ronaldtheriot (1632) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Russian River Pliney the Elder has a very thick, off-white head, a hazy, orange-gold appearance, some bubbles, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sharp, resinous, hop oil and white bread. Taste is of sweet, white bread, white bread crust, and very bitter hops. Mouthfeel is high medium and slick, and Pliny the Elder finishes puckering and decently drinkable (although, you will feel it in your head). RJT
jc1762 (475) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shaker showing dark amber with a finger of clean white foam.
The nose shows a lot of grapefruit, resinous pine, and notes of cannabis.
The palate is full bodied and well carbonated. Shows a lot of resinous pine, slight background of grapefruit. Strong IPA bitterness on the end. A lot of spicy zest throughout.