HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange pour with sticky off white head. Nice, citrus, floral hop nose. Some sweet malt also. Flavor is very hoppy, surprisingly so for a sam adams brew. Lightly sweet with lots interesting hop flavor. Good mouthfeel. Probably should have been unfiltered, but still easily better that 90% of everything same adams has done.
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from the pack retrieved from Binny’s (Willowbrook, IL). Excited for the Pliny clone and drinking it as fresh as possible. Pours a nice hazed amber with some darker notes, big white bubbly head that dissipates to a smaller amount and laces well enough. Aromas are strong, pushing very nice lemon and grapefruit citrus, pungent, with florals and very faint pine. More a citrus hop bomb with pale and carmel malt coming through (more pale). Initial is lighter in body for the style, but pushes some very good hop bitterness of lemon, grapefruit, and florals that preach a good strong bitterness. Carmel malts and pale work more into the body, with piney and resin sticking more to the finish. This brew certainly runs the gambit. Pretty good, leaves a little to be desired on the finish and aftertaste, but that is me being greedy. A little thin in body overall for the style. I really pick up a lot of lemon rind on this one. Better than I think ratings will give it credit for.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured orange with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus, floral elements as well. Flavors of sweet malt, floral/citrus hops. Medium bodied, a bit syrupy, sweet, bitter with a bitter finish. Fairly average IIPA, maybe would’ve faired better unfiltered?
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazed orange-amber color with a small off-white head. Sweaty, citrus, earthy aroma with a sweet malt base. Hop flavor with citrus notes and again a sweet malty base. Very long bitter hop finish that is semi-dry. Medium bodied.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber color with a decent white head. Aroma is light caramel, floral, citrus. Flavor is caramel, lioght pepper, floral, light citrus. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished bitter. Decent, but a far cry from Pliny.
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2009 So many know the story: this beer won the LongShot competition and it’s a tweak on a clone of Pliny the Elder. It was supposed to be bottled, but Sam Adams couldn’t get the hops and had to put off bottling until next year.
What you may not know is that Sam Adams did brew a large batch of the beer to see how the recipe would scale up. Mike (the winner) made sure that kegs of the batch were sent to his local tap house (EJ Phair). And thus, it’s available in preview.
Draft. Rich amber beer with a nice off-white head. Aroma is great, but not quyite as good as Pliny. Flavor is very Pliny like, but the bitterness is a little bit less. Very good beer. You could be very happy to drink this all night. Now if someone was really thinking, Pliny would have been on tap as well.
Final bottles version is more piney and maltier and its lost almost everything that made it Pliny-like. Still a good beer though.