CanIHave4Beers (3231) - 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 itís 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 itís 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.
Iím just shocked at how good this beer tastes. This isnít even a lager!
And now for a Lushawn bonus rate:
Iím totally shocked at how good this beer tastes. And by shocked I mean completely unsurprised in any way, shape, or form.
biggsbowler (269) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pours golden w/ white head. A nice hoppy and piney nose. The taste is well balanced between the hops and malts with nice citrus notes. Overall, its solid!!!
Alengrin (1347) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Classic West Coast double IPA with rocky, snow white, stable head on an orangey amber beer with vivid sparkling, clear. Very strong and inviting citrussy hops in the nose, very flowery too, grapefruit, rosewater, apple peel, white pepper, toasted bread... Vivid citrus freshness in the mouth, hint of iron, perfumey and toasty with nutty malt base, very agreeable hops, oily, very aromatic if not ethereal, resinous, spicy, peppery, bitter and extremely long and complex, but not as íbitingí as is often the case in this style. In all, an IPA balanced to utter perfection, elegant and complex, one of the best I had so far.
Holmen2 (866) - NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 07.08.14. Clear golden. White head and lacing. Wonderfully inviting aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, with malt sweetness and citrus bitterness well in harmony. Similarly fine taste and aftertaste. Very refrishing with a superb drinkablility.
chiiidog (30) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a beautiful crystal clear golden orange with a nice big off-white head. It sort of sparkles in the glass. Aroma is pine/citrus hops and just the perfect amount of malt. Taste is absolutely incredible. Most IPAs and DIPAs donít quite get that balance right. Most have that little bit of astringent bitterness that makes you pucker a little. Pliny nails it. This is not a "hop bomb". It is an exquisitely crafted, perfectly balanced DIPA. Pliny compels you to keep drinking it. The mouthfeel is medium, not too thin, not too thick. The finish is outstanding. It is INSANELY, deceivingly drinkable. A lot of people claim that this beer is overhyped, but to me, this is the gold standard by which all DIPAs should be measured. Iíve had it twice, and both times I finished the beer in about 10 minutes. It literally made my mouth water and I couldnít stop myself from taking sip after sip.
swesson (223) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Parry's. A very special beer, indeed! Pours dark gold with a creamy white head. Good lacing. Smells of pine resin and citrus and hops. Great mouthfeel and carbonation. Tastes big a hoppy. In fact the hops are so complex that one can taste all three varieties if you try.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
joes (89) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ Russian River. Golden color, white head. Big hop-aroma coming from the glass. Citrus, pine, some pineapple maybe. Overwhelming but not annoying. Crisp mouthfeel, medium dry, and that fruity hopflavour that makes you order another one. Second best IPA for me, i guess, behind the Heady Topper. I wonder how Pliny the younger would taste ....
Cory (306) - , California, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nice caramel popcorn, toast, floral hops that is well balanced and not overwhelming. Light bitter taste with a hint of malty sweetness. Clean finish and light lingering bitterness that builds. This is a great beer consistently but is very delicate. With the privilege of drinking this beer through the years I have been able to try it as fresh at it gets at Russian River and skunked. Makes my summer better every year.
AirForceHops (3144) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I waited a long time to try this on draft. Special road trip from San Fran on 16 Aug, 2014. Had on draft at Russian River. Toasted with my buddy AJax. Perfect aroma of floral hops, grapefruit, orange and lime pith. The flavor is just as strong and bright as the aroma.
This brew does have a subtle amount of pale malts but this is secondary to the array of hops. Grapefruit peel, light grass effects, with the floral hitting near the back side. Of course it is not just floral in the finish, lots of pine there as well to round off the myriad of hop flavors. I feel no reason to ramble and write a huge ass rating, this is wonderful and a trip into flavor town. Glad I held off from trading for a bottle and sampled it from the source.
pdx76 (622) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at 2014 saraveza iipa fest - pours clear golden with medium head. Nose is of pine. Hop, pine. Taste is of pure hop and sweet malt. Nice and oily hop finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
yokozunapete (1) - New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
There is nothing left to be said. This is obviously one of the best beers available and is certainly the best beer I have ever had. The perfect balance of malty and hoppy.