Hopeye (39) - Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2009
This beer is ridiculous. If Pliny the Elder were a woman, I’d marry her and we’d never leave the bedroom. I’m talking about the beer, of course, not the Roman historian. From draft or from the bottle, once it’s in a glass you want to drink it with your nose. I haven’t actually tried that yet, but I might. I just might. I heard on a recent tour of Dogfish Head Brewery that Russian River bought their fermenter from Sam at Dogfish. I think Pliny learned from the spirit of the DFH 90 Minute how to be a hoptastic brew. KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 20, 2009
I think they should call this PINEY the Elder. Lots of piney hops in the aroma and the flavor. Much less citrusy than PtY, but a little tighter as well. Finish is tight piney bitterness that leaves you lip-smacking minutes later. crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
Hazy orange pour, small sticky white head. Aroma is grapefruit but not as big as I thought it would be. Flavor is a big grapefruit blast and damn is this beer dry, it’s like chewing on hops. Very resiny aftertaste and it’s stripping the taste buds off of my tongue. Almost too bitter but the focus is defintely just on hops here. Overal a bone dry grapefruit bomb and I expected a little more out of it. kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2009
Had on tap at the RR Brewpub in Santa Rosa. While not quite up to the standard of its Younger nephew, a damn fine beer. Like the Younger, poured to a light orange-amber color, with thin white head and good lacing. The nose and taste, while a little subdues than PTY, were still strongly citrus hops with a hint of floral, as well as alcohol kicking in at mid-glass. Mouthfeel was dry and bitter, all rounding to a long, somewhat bittersweet finish. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 18, 2009
(500 ml bottle ("bottled on 03 09 09") via trade with WeeHeavySD, thanks Jon!) Pours hazy light golden amber with two fingers of off white head. Strong aroma of pine and grapefruit, fairly sweet and a bit sweaty. Mouthfeel fairly smooth but lightly pebbly, a touch sticky. Light, droopy, foamy rings of lacing. Flavor of big pine and grapefruit - quite bitter and biting. Hints of softer caramel sweetness underneath but very hop-dominated. Hops are a bit juicy and have a hint of sweat. Some alcohol apparency at times. I need a little more malt backbone to really like a big IPA and this one was just a bit unbalanced for me.
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2009
First of all the aromas are almost overwhelming. I could just smell this golden elixer all day. Maybe Russian River should come out with Pliny cologne. Anyway I digress, awesome aromas of citrusy piney hops. To match we have citrusy piney flavors that caress the tastebuds. Overall an awesome awesome DIPA! juiceisloose (1492) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle. Feb. 3rd, 2009 date. Pours a glowing golden orange color with a big foamy white head that shows great retention. Sheets of sudsy lacing coat the glass. The aroma is very nice of orange and grapefruit hops with some lemon zest over a sweet, pale malt backbone. The flavor follows with the citrus and resiny piney hops pushing forward with subtle orange and lemon flavor. The toasted caramel malt lends a nice balance, but doesn’t overpower the hops. This one is not overly complex, but straight forward and well blended. Medium bodied and fairly smooth and easy to drink with a solid hop bitterness on the finish. The hops had started to fade already, but this would be great ultra fresh. Really nice IIPA. abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2009
On tap at Capone’s. I guess I don’t get the excitement about this one? Was very dry/biting for me, wasn’t much of a fan. Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2009
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a white head. Aroma: Floral & citric hops, clementine, peach, citrus, grass, cream.
Taste: Hoppy, fruity & juicy. Notes of grass, clementine, peaches, a bit salty, grape (in the finish). Not very sweet or malty, but more on the dry side. The alcohol is well hidden. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 14, 2009
Tap at Toranado: I’ve had this a number of times, but never rated it due to the fact that I had not enjoyed it as much as I thought I potentially could. Then I had it as fresh as can be in San Francisco, so I figured it was time. Rich golden pour with a dense white lacing head. This stuff has nothing but super alpha acid hops in it. It’s so hoppy that the aroma is all vegetal- basil, oregano, pure hop oils, lots and lots of myrcene. Creamy body with an extreme hops flavor (surprise). Hop insanity, no malt nuance. Resiny, piny, oregano, basil, all vegetal, hempy, bombarded with myrcene. This stuff lacks the finesse and fruitiness of PTY. If you’re a beer guy that’s stuck in the "hop phase," then this is your holy grail.