ggaughan (107) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
On tap at the Toronado and also at the Russian River brewpub 2 days apart while on vacation from my notes.
The beer poured a nice yellow/golden color with a bright white head that laced around the glass. the aroma of this beer has a very strong hoppy smell with a balance of citrus. Very pleasing. The taste had a nice balance between the bitter hops and the sweeter malt and citrus balance. There was a nice amount of carbonation in the Bling Pig which I really enjoy. The is a very drinkable beer and a very good example of an IPA. MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2009
[Bottle] brought back from S.F. Pours a bright orange with a medium fluffy beige head. Aroma is quite musty, with tons of grapefruit and tangerine. Flavor is still a bit musty, not too much malt, which lends to a quite dry mouthfeel. Bitterness grows as I drink it, and is a bit enhanced by the dry mustiness. timbeer (69) - Rosemount, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle shared with MatSciGuy - Deep amber/orange color that pours with a low short lived head. Big fresh citrus aroma with some floral hints. Hops follow through in the flavor - big - with citrus and mine had a bit of bracing bitterness that lasted through the finish. A dry beer that was smooth on the tough. A great IPA jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle: Sort of a pale golden pour with a finger of fluffy white head and lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is rich with fruity and citrus sweetness and an underly sense of pine. The hoppiness in the flavor is intense with florals and citrus, yet remains dangerously drinkable. Finishes very well, hoppy with a smooth malty sweetness working with the citrus and fruity notes. Really nice. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Nice yellow color, much lighter than the Pliny I had earlier. Smells good, some of that west coast. Very hoppy flavor and only slightly bitter. Probably too easy to drink. I think Russian River will have no problem selling beer in Colorado. I will buy it all.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-21-2008 04:01:24
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Pours a light orange color with a large foamy off white head. Nose is definitely fresh and tempting, strong citrus, resin, grapefruit and pine. Initial taste is resin citrus similar to the aroma with touch of grapefruit and sweetness. Resin hop character is delicious, a medium IPA, balancing malts are light. A very drinkable IPA for more the common palate, since my girlfriend like it, haha. Head retention and lacing is out stating with a above average palate duration. Light body. bennylava (99) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
At brewpub and in bottles. This is one bittler beer, and the hop flavor / bitterness really predominates. A slightly lesser beer compared to PtE because it is not as balanced. But if you strictly want a big pint of hops and bitterness, this is a great beer.
wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Clear light amber body, white head that fades, leaving lots of webby lacing on the glass. Nice crisp hop aroma, not overly sweet, herbal, gassy, dank, pineapple and lemon. Dry bitter flavor, slight sweet balance, bet lets hops dominate. Finishes clean and dry. Sonicdescent (388) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Pliny’s younger brother has a pretty big shadow cast, but it manages to come out with some nice eccentricity from the king of the IPA world, Russian River. Hawaiian punch in the smell, nice tropical taste, maybe a bit over carbonated, but a damn good IPA overall. agl108 (1306) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
On draft at Teresa’s. Poured light orange with egg-white head. Nose of fresh grapefruits. Flavor consists of freshly sliced fruits: orange, grapefruit, even some pineapple noticeable. Probably underrated as some people try incorrectly to compare it to the Plinys. One of the best IPAs out there.