brokensail (15444) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Seeing as Pliny has such an incredibly high rating, it has quite a bit to live up to, it has never disappointed me.
I chose to review it (finally) after my girlfriend brought me a 2 liter growler full of it when she had stopped at the brewery on her way back to So. Cal.
The color of this beer is a nice golden/slightly orange straw color with a good head on top.
The smell of this beer is amazing. I would say it is by far the most aromatically pleasing beer I’ve come across. Usually a (D)IPA has a pleasing smell, but this is on a whole different level. It’s really difficult to describe, but lots of citrus and some mild pine, very floral. The smell of this is better than the taste of many other beers I’ve had.
The taste is as you would hope/expect it to be. Lots of hoppy citrusy and bitter goodness. Hardly any malt on this one, but just enough to balance things out on the end. Many times with a really hoppy beer you get a powerful/off-putting aftertaste, but nothing of the sort here.
skiatd1 (28) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance- clear light yellow
Aroma- dry, hoppy. No essence of citrus or grapefruit
Taste- dry, hoppy, slightly bitter but balanced. Very good dry west coast IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Andrew196 (1326) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the source. Lovely orange Reddish hue, nice foamy white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, alcohol. A benchmark for the style but notes of spearmint.
cobaink2 (385) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle dated 5/11/16 straight from the brewery. Pours a very clear gold color. Amazing that there are a ton of hops in this and it’s this clear. The hops are quite the star here but has a very malty backbone that just shines. Love it!!
Sdaniel90 (820) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUN 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 500ml. Consumed fresh (7 weeks after bottling). Clear golden with a frothy offwhite head. Aromas of fruity and floral hops, caramel, resin. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Medium sweet, heavy bitterness. Deep roasted and hoppy character into a stinging bitter finish. Legendary beer.
Percy0103 (543) - MEXICO - JUN 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 500ml. A clear golden beer with a medium size white head. Aroma is of citrics, especially grapefruit and lemon, hops and floral hints. Taste is bitter with a perfectly balanced hoppy finish. Medium bodied, smooth and astrigent with a floral and malt character. An extraordinary Imperial IPA.
olenickj (40) - Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at brewery. Malty floral aroma. Heavy but not over powering floral hops. Full bodied. Hint of alcohol but smooth
adasko (1705) - Poznan, POLAND - JUN 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity, hoppy aroma, fresh squeezed grapefruits, orange peal. Cristal clear, super lacing. Taste super dry, fresh, juicy, hoppy. Pleasant crisp bitterness in the back. No sweetness at all. Super nice long aftertaste. No wonder this beer is legendary, years ago it was probably mind blowing. Now it’s ’just’ awesome.
Kiri (2) - - JUN 4, 2016 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android
Georg357 (10) - Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Poured a golden amber color with a significant white head.
A - Smells of grapefruit and pine.
T - Lots of pine and grapefruit.
P - Really nice mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
O - I was worried this beer wouldn’t live up to the hype, but I really enjoyed it.
AlexanderIII (11) - Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured from 510ml bottle, clear copper, creamy white head that sticks around for a while. loads of citrussy resinous hop on the nose, hint of grapefruit. The taste is amazing, there’s just so much flavor, a really complex satisfying bitterness that’s intense and smooth, can’t really taste malt. feels luxurious in my mouth, this is just fantastic beer