PhillyBeer2112 (2863) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Throwdown. A pleasure it was to finally try this great beer. And that is a serious hop aroma. All sweet pine and grapefruit. Clean bready malts provide a good foundation for more majorly citric hop flavors, with touches of pine. Pretty huge on the hop front. Clean all around. Amber color. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Growler, courtesy dchmela. First off, what a cool looking growler! I practically expected a genie to come spewing out of the vessel. The pour is a clear, shining golden orange color. A foamy white head leaves soapy, spotty lacing behind. The nose simply explodes from the glass with striking notes of juicy, fresh-picked oranges, grapefruits, and lemons. A lightly sweet, pale malt background sets the perfect backdrop for the massive hop profile to do its thing. The flavor is deliciously juicy, with bitter, resinous citrus and lemongrass hops shining amidst lightly toasted toffee malts. There’s nothing overly complex going on, but it is so well blended it is incredible. Medium-full, smooth, slightly sticky body. This is so incredibly drinkable. A delicious IIPA that ranks right up there with the best of them. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2008
On tap at the pub. Yep...this is a very nice IPA. Although I admit I had proped this up in my head for some time...so I was a wee bit disappointed. Very rich hops, surprisingly creamy body. I prefer some of Ballast Point’s IPA more, but this is still a damn fine IPA. jlizard (8) - Richmond, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008 does not count
This is a tasty IPA...extremely hoppy with a great degree of bitterness with some sour citrusness to boot...my only complaint is I wish the aftertaste was drier, like a dogfishhead90. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Sampled @ O’Brien’s San Diego. Just what one would expect; a great IIPA!!! All of the typical players are there...biting citrus that makes you pucker, freshly cut douglas fir/ponderosa, sweet malts & a touch of honey to balance out those aggressive flavors. A very tasty beer...but I’m not sure it is worth the hype.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 June 27th re-rate. Growler courtesy tpd975. The last growler I got to sample was open for a while and I wanted to give it a fresh rating. Pours the same with a huge off-white head that lasts leaving great sticky lacing. Aroma is more intense with wonderfull notes of citrus, pine, floral, and grassy hops. Every thing else is spot on as before. A damn fine brew!!!wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Growler courtesy tpd975. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and grassy hops with a solid sweet malt backbone. Taste is full on pine, citrus, and grassy hops with just the perfect amount of sweet malt to balance it all out. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. This is the most drinkable IIPA ever. If this beer was a woman I would have sexual relations with it.
Clear gold body, a tall white head. Very fresh hoppy pine and grassy aroma. Flavor has some bitter honey and floral hops. Holdwine (1233) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
At Savor. These folks make great beer! Wonderful control over a hops onslaught from first nose to fantastic finish. This is the ultimate hophead drea, but accessible to those who don’t worship the lovely cone. It would be a great beer if I stopped there, but wait there is more. An obviuosly killer amount of malt brings this IPA close to balanced. Enough sweetness to battle the bitterness to a pleasing draw. pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4-30-08 growler HopheadJosh (2) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008 does not count
Beautiful orange pour with an amazing white fluffy meringue head. Sticky rings of lacing throughout the glass. Smell is huge sweet hops with fresh grapefruit and has a hint of freshly cut grass. Flavor is ideal - perfectly balanced hops. it doesn’t scream alcohol or sweetness or hops. It is mildly delicious and balanced. The finish is clean and dry. Perfectly drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. I only wish this were more available. Surely my favorite from Russian River so far.
This is the finest showcase of hops I’ve ever experienced. I only get to say that about one beer and I have no hesitation reserving it for Pliny. This beer has a wonderful aroma right up front of fresh hop flowers that will make you declare out loud your love for the vine. This is clearly a distinct experience from other IPAs commonly found in West Coast craft beers. It has a very complex nose that seems to present a cornucopia of aromas with each approach. Hints of Citrus, spring flowers, and even a bit of cannabis can be detected. The texture is thick and as smooth as they come. It pours a shining golden yellow with beautiful white lace and feels much more like a porter or stout going down than an IPA. I’ve found this pairs VERY well with spicy foods, particularly Hispanic cuisine. It also pairs amazingly with caramel, as unusual as that may sound.