brokensail (12890) - Orange County, 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.
Fredd_an (195) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gyllene klar ljus färg, med stora & små vita bubblor. Tappad för en månad sen. Fantastisk humledoft! Fantastisk komplex & makalöst balanserad. Oljestruktur, granbarr, grape & Citra på ett balanserar pottpurri! Grym!
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linusb (105) - SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Grapefruit, forrest, juniper T: Grapefruit, pine O: 2 weeks fresh. Creamy mouthfeel, very nice hops! I really enjoy this one! Wow!!
Mehinaman (8) - Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2015 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This lives up to the hype. Simply the best IPA I have ever had. I wish it came in 12 oz bottles rather than a pint, but that is a minor complaint. Oh yeah, I also wish Russian River hadn’t stopped distributing to Washington State! 😀
AgentAle (1046) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is roasty malts, passionfruit, grape fruit, citrus, lemon grass and honey. Taste is pale caramel, honey and sweet malts paired with a fabulously smooth but somehow still quite complex. Appearance is a clear gold with a medium pearl head that retains quite well. Excellent beer.
SinH4 (932) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2015 Rating #900. On tap at Toronado San Francisco. Aroma is huge grapefruit and pines. Taste is soothing sweetish grapefruit, some pineapple, some grass, resinous. Just how you imagine a DIPA that does everything right and nothing wrong. The bitterness is perfectly balanced, the carbonation is low but still present. Lives up to its reputation but more for its great craftsmanship than for being special.
Whatup14 (1047) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 500ml, gracieuseté de tom10101, un gros merci Tommy pour cet extra! Couleur orangée claire voilée, mousse blanc cassé majestueuse laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de houblon résineux, pamplemousse, malt, pin, zeste de pamplemousse, un peu floral. Goût de pamplemousse, malt, agrumes, houblon résineux, un peu sucré, bonne amertume toute en longueur. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-dense. Bel équilibre entre les saveurs, ça se boit tout seul.
davidtjm (885) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is clear gold with a thin head, aroma is fruity, sweet. Taste is fruity, sweet, light bitter. Good but not fantastic
Beerhunter111 (10322) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fast klare kräftig goldene Farbe, ordentlich weißer Schaum. Geruch sehr hopfig, grasig bitter, citrusfrüchte. Geschmack sehr hopfig, angenehm grasig bitter, citrusfrüchte, blumig, trocken im Abgang.
whale_hunter (10) - - JUN 18, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Hand carry from CA. Pours gold. Nose is unreal: grapefruit, lemon, pine, angel tears. Flavor is a masterfully complex hop blend, with the perfect amount of lingering bitterness in the finish. This beer is so insanely delicious.
ctipping (117) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.
Beautiful white head with lacing that clings to the glass. Golden with just a bit of haziness.
Hoppy, citrusy, barely a hint of malt. Strong grapefruit smell. Clearly a hop bomb.
Fresh orange and grapefruit flavors and a bit of pine. Slight sweetness, but it stays behind the hop flavor. Very little bitterness in the start. The bitterness lingers with the finish. A little grassy in the back.
Medium bodied and drinkable for its size. Tingling carbonation adds to the freshness and brightness.
The standard of DIPAs.