AdamJackson (2609) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at La Trappe in San Francisco. $11 a pint and no line. GREAT!
A - Crimson gold with a 3 finger creamy head. Fades so slow with sticky lacing.
S - Nose is similar to elder. Smells like a pine cone with a lot of sweet esthers and nutty bits as well.
T - The taste is interesting. Clearly a west coast IPA. Sweet, borderline barleywine taste and a clear booziness that separates it from other imperial IPAs. A raw rind of lemon, grapefruit and clementines is there too. Itís a great beer for the abv. Thatís pretty amazing about it.
M - Thick, malty and waves of hops.
O - I would actually say this is the closest to heady topper Iíve ever had with slightly more booze. In that regard, itís like Iím drinking a heady topper in San Francisco minus the mineral water mouthfeel that heady has. Everything else is really similar
akern06 (1) - denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pliny the younger is an incredible beer. I waited in line for a few hours the other day just to try this beer for the first time. Many people who know me would consider me a hop head. With that said, I honestly think there are many beers out there that I have had, that are just as good as Pliny the younger. I wanted to see what all the hype was about, but I could have went down the street to a local brewery and got a beer just as good, for half the price, without standing in line all day. Donít get me wrong, it is a great beer, but there are beers that should get the same amount of attention and appreciation.
Salmoniform (652) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from tap to glass. Soft orange hue with white head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring. Aroma is pine, mango, tangerine, melon, lemon, sugar. Mouthfeel is nice with medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a bitter following and slight ethanol in the finish. Overall this is a pretty nice Imperial IPA.
HIGHB4LL (529) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Choice City Butcher. Appearance: finger of white head that lasts a minute or so, straw/golden yellow, clear. Aroma: light fruity sweetness, heavy fresh floral hops, lighter citrusy hops, slightest yeasty leather notes. Palate: light body, sticky texture, average carbonation, dry bitter lasting finish. I can still taste it. Taste: very brief but intense sweetness, right into extreme, but not over the top bitterness. Overall, there is a great reason for the rating of this beer, it is amazing. It is supremely hoppy, but not palate destroying, it does all of the little subtleties right.
Danyel (762) - Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours orange with white head. Lots of hop aroma, grapefruit. Quite delicious, lots of great citrus going on, touch of malts...though not a bunch. Drank it next to the Elder and I have to say that itís a toss up which one Iíd prefer. Great beer and glad to have tried it.
beertholomeus (789) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden bronze color with a white head. Citrus, hop, pine, floral, caramel and malt aroma. Grapefruit, mango, orange, hop, pine, malt and some alcohol flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Well controlled bitterness and good malt balance. Citrus hop and moderately bitter finish. A fantastic beer but ridiculously overhyped which serves as a disappointment.
ajnepple (2183) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Multiple pours at Falling Rock, Sunday release. Side by side with Pliny the Elder. Golden and clear with an average white head. Fresh, hoppy, fruity aroma with notes of citrus, pine, flowers, herbs and tropical fruit. Similar flavor, strong and bitter with minimal maltiness. Flavor hides the ABV well. Medium body with a lasting, bitter finish. About as good as IPAís can get.
mfrato (103) - - FEB 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at back country taproom. Pours a beautiful golden hue. Aroma is slightly hoppy with sweetness. Taste is sweet hops with more hops underneath. Despite that the beer is easy more sweet then hoppy. A great beer
Ontape (298) - Valley Village, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Mohawk Bend, 6 oz pour which is actually plenty. Smells incredible, like hop soup. Few beers Iíve ever had communicate the hops this well. Taste is much like Elder but stronger (natch). A little alcohol burn at the back but well-concealed/integrated for the ABV.
Would I wait 3 hours for it? Probably not. We were able to pull it off with <30 minutes in line and since Mohawk handled the event superbly (serving in groups and tweeting out progress) it was no problem to show back up at the right time and grab ours. Glad we did, it was well worth the small amount of trouble.
Over-hyped maybe but not overrated. A delicious, well-made beer. See you next year!
miura1966 (10) - Temecula, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
First beer ever rated..had at Stone...awesome grapefruit nose fresh cut grass running in the meadoes...taste super clean it is super clear...hop gueinessss. Fantastic brew.