prosper0 (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2/28/11 - 8oz pour in to a tulip glass
The color was exceptional, a clear shiny copper color with a thin white head that was only about 1 finger or so that dissipated quickly.
The aroma was full of citrusy & floral hops. A very intense aroma for a beer, but had the perfect blend of hops in the nose that work very well with each other.
Taste was amazing. It was sweeter and maltier than I expected, possibly to better balance out the loads of hops this beer has. Full of grapefruit and sweet like honey. The finish has a nice piney note on the end as well.
Mouthfeel was perfect, not too heavy or light, the carbonation was a bit lower than most IPAs, but suited this beer just right. It really brought out the smoothness and balance between the malts & hops on the tongue without the bringing out the bitterness.
This is quite possibly the best balanced IPA Iíve had even though itís a TIPA. I love the Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder, this is just one step beyond and much more refined. Excellent beer, well worth the wait, only wish it was more readily available.
TommyTH (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had it three times this year (2016). The first two times were disappointing, but the third time tasted much more fresh and clean. One of the best Imperials Iíve ever had.
Art (3037) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at blue dog event. Had right after HF Susan and Legitimacy. I must say, I am very impressed. Yes, itís overrated. Yes, itís west coast. But yes, itís awesome and worth the hype in some respects. This is the OG hop bomb. Pours a clear golden orange with a white head. Aromas of grapefruit, candies, orange, dank hops, alcohol. Taste is not crazy bitter, there is some hop flavors in there followed by some strange piney smokiness then thereís a tad of alcohol heat. I can see why this came to the top of our beloved RB list and has remained there simply out of respect. On to the next one...
SaxyBeerFan420 (13) - - MAR 7, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap on Saturday. Was expecting much more from the hype this beer has but I was not at all dissapointed. This is pretty much an amped up Pliny the Elder. I had Elder right after and Elder tasted like water in comparison. Definitely the most balanced triple IPA Iíve ever had.
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750th rating for this beer, my 8819th. Half pint on draft at the brewery. And then a second. And a third. And thatís all they allow. We waited all night in line for the first Friday this went on tap in 2016, and were the third table seated. Back corner on the right - Platinum Baller Status table. Youíll see us in any number of regional news sources, representing beer nerds from around the world who came just for this special beer or something like that. Pliny the Younger pours a somewhat cloudy orange-hued gold with a small eggshell colored head that laces the glass and settles into an island and ring. Notes of pine, grapefruit, caramel, florals, grass - the flavor has a more resinous, oily hop character and along with the ABV level, it just barely numbs the back of the tongue. Medium-full bodied, with a bitter, resinous, but balanced mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent. Right on par with Pliny the Elder. World-class beers, both of them, and it was awesome to try them side-by-side. Iíve been waiting to try this for like 8 years and finally got the chance. It didnít disappoint.
high_on_hops (807) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 28, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a slightly hazy gold with a thin white head and lacing. It has a super-rich hoppy aroma with pine, resin, and some floral notes. The flavor is resin and pine good up front with a bitter, long-lasting finish over a medium-heavy body.
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yackery (165) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow more orange than pilsner. Light, sticky lacing over persistently covering, thin head.
Aroma of orange, stone fruit, and dank hops. Taste is same with a hint of artificial sweetener.
Body is thin.
Finish is bitter with sticky lips.
charule (2124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Russian River. Poured light haze gold orange with thin white ring. Aroma mega juicy citrus. Light min carb med bod. Taste quite bitter resinous hop floral. Intense stuff. Glad to have it for a special event but not an everydayer
JulienHuxley (5525) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub, 2016 release. Lightly hazy gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is super hoppy, intense hop juice, very dank, light weed, citrusy, onion. Taste is lightly sweet, super juicy, so easy drinking. Palate is med full bodied with med carbonation. Super delicious.
jackl (6814) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg @ Russian River. Slightly hazy deep gold pour with a small white head. Really juicy, assertive nose. Plenty of orange meat, some tangerine and a bit of sea grass. Accents of pine. Sweet malt. Flavor is moderately sweet with a strong bitter finish. Lemon pith. Orange peel. Nice and dry. Somewhat resinous. Very drinkable and surprisingly balanced. Warm finish. A touch oily. This is pretty stellar stuff indeed.
Leighton (18075) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours clear orange-gold with a slender, frothy white head. The nose has a lot of piney hops, pale bread, tangerine, light grass. Medium sweet flavor with some juicy melon, tangerine, light piney bitterness, peach, alcohol. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish, lightly resinous, with lots of juicy citrus fruits, tangerine, some grapefruit, nips of boosty alcohol, orange, mango, mellow bitter grass and citrus rind. Well, itís very good, and very drinkable, but there are more expressive íimperialí IPAs out there nowadays. Still, I can appreciate that this is juicy and drinkable stuff.