CanIHave4Beers (3622) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hey look at that, a beer I rated on paper 9 months ago and it was just too darned special to enter right away.... so here goes for 2400!
A bottle bottle generously bonused to me by ineedbeer within maybe a week or two of it’s bottling date!
The beer pours a golden color with a big fluffy white head and a nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is piney and herbaceous. There are some fruit forward elements like pine and orange-peel, a little mild alcohol character slips in there as well. The beer is remarkably aromatic and hoppy.
The flavor is piney with some big citrus character. The bitterness is fairly high, but it’s not unbalanced, astringent or unpleasant in any way. Lots of grapefruit flavor, the alcohol character is very mild and some nice flavors of melon rind and honey are very light but complimentary to the whole.
The mouth feel fairly prickly & the beer does that tongue bracing sensation that really great hoppy beers seem to do.
And now for a bonus rate:
My brother-in-law Dwain crushed this beer with me. Dwain is a Budweiser enthusiast who recently gave me a call to let me know about the new "Budweiser Black Crown"... when Dwain saw me writing notes he asked me to take down a few of his own. So here goes....
This beer smells like pine.
Really piney. Sort of salty, might be a good beer to add a little salt to.
I’m just shocked at how good this beer tastes. This isn’t even a lager!
And now for a Lushawn bonus rate:
I’m totally shocked at how good this beer tastes. And by shocked I mean completely unsurprised in any way, shape, or form.
heman (268) - Tychy, POLAND - OCT 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromat intensywny, chmielowy, dużo nut zielonych, trawiastych i tytoniowych. Piwo jest zaskakująco lekkie w smaku i wytrawne, goryczka średnio-wysoka, fajnie zbalansowana i niezalegająca. W tle lekkie nuty alkoholowe. Pozostawia tytoniowy posmak w ustach.
Zlotta (451) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.51 l bottle from Firma Bier, bottled in September 2015. Clear, golden orange with a medium large, creamy, almost stable, white head. Sweetish, fruity-floral aroma of passion fruit, mango, orange, honey and some pine. Sweetish, fruity-resiny taste of passion fruit, mango, orange and pine, accompanied by notes of honey and caramel. Rather long, medium bitter and grapefruity finish. Medium to full body, very creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Overall with a massive malty backbone and a balancing, punchy hop bite. Lovely on the palate, super-fruity and juicy as well. Very good!
MarcoDL (3086) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at tasting, one month after bottling date. Golden pour. Fresh aroma of citrus, pine, grain and some caramel. Hoppy fresh taste, with lots of citrus, mild peach, pine, grassy herbs, mild cara and a dry finish. Good dipa.
Larkin (13) - Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From Bottle. Golden in color, excellent lacing. Rush of citrus and pine at the start, light ale flavor mid palate filled by little bitter rush. This is a great Imperial IPA, part of my love of it is the hype it bares within the community. And further I feel my rating is also biased because of its scarcity, but I have yet to find its equal in style at any local american store in a bomber.
Hopmaestro (719) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sometimes you are just lucky. A more fresh Pliny than this one is hard to find in this side of the world. Bottled just 2 weeks ago and arrived in Sweden for me to enjoy. And I did. Aroma is sweet malty with grapefruit and pine needles. Taste is grassy, piney and yet with a balanced sweetness towards the bitterness. It’s hard not to give this a top rating, and if I didn’t, I would just be another hipster who wants to be different. Excellent Imperial IPA this one, even if there are several that are more easy to find.
tmoreau (3053) - 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 (408) - 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.