Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 19, 2001
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 This is the Platonic ideal of IPA. Pure, unadulterated cascade hops in a glass. I’ve never had any IPA that even comes close to show casing the hop like this beer.
If you like hoppy beers, this is the best. The best. beerdedbastard (22) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
This is a "TRUE" 5.0 in my book.I had a draft sample(and 4-5 more?!?)of this at a recent Strong Ale fest;and would vote it best of show of the 60+/ 8%abv+ beers there.
It’s HUGE hop aroma is so fresh/and re-freshing; smack you around,and tie you up with the hopvine aggresive.That in itself makes this a hop-heads wet dream.
But it carries into the balanced body,crisp dry mouthfeel and follow through,giving it Amazing drinkability...
This quickly became my "back to..." beer of the fest! It would always bring my palate back to neutral,after some "less worthy" brews!
KEEP ’EM COMIN’,Vinnie!
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Wow, what a surprise. Rolled up to the Captial Ale House (Innsbrook) for a Richmond beer run. To our surprise the front cover of the beer menu listed a few Double IPAs and Pliny was one of them. Didn’t see this coming. Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Draught. Appeared a orange copperish color with a small white head. Lacing was decent. Aroma was bursting with hops. Everywhere hops. Citrus, piney, floral, spicy hops. Hop heaven. Oddly enough, some great bready/caramel malt notes were in the aroma as well. How they made its way through the hops, I do not know. Flavor was equally hoppy. Floral and citrussy and intense. Bitterness was pleasantly lingering and in your face. Some moderate ester profile was present: slight apple and peach. Doughy malt and some caramel sweetness was also present though it finishes dry without any astringency as I would expect from a beer as heavily hopped as this. Body is perfect for a DIPA and perfectly silky smooth with perfect carbonation. Man I loved this. Side by side with Ruination, 90 minute and Stoudts DIPA, the latter 3 tasted like Sierra Nevada. Excellent beer. Yes this is a 5 to me though let me note that it doesn’t top or equal Dark Lord. It is just the top DIPA that I have had.
BlueDevil0206 and I went up to Richmond on a run for Stone Imperial Stout and stopped in at Innsbrook Capital Ale House to find this beautiful little surprise.
Orange/coppery color with a thin white head. Aroma is in your face amarillo hops as soon as the glass was set down. When I first smelled it, I was instantly reminded of DFH 90 min. Some malty notes made their way through the citrussy pine forest in the aroma, too, but hops dominate. Palate is good and full, though not oily. Just a slick, big DIPA. Flavor is incredible as well. Strong citrussy, piney amarillo flavor. Malt is sweet caramel and bread, but it’s very much in the background. The bitterness in the finish was IMMENSE. We ordered samples of 90 Minute, Ruination, and Stoudts DIPA and found them all blown out of the water in terms of bitterness (that gave us a nice perspective on their respective malt profiles.) The bitterness is clean, though -- in your face sharp, but not harsh. Impressive as all hell. I’m excited about the younger. DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 rerate 4/16/09. I’ve had this numerous times on draft now, and every time it is like a media event. That isn’t the point, though. I growler or drink as much of this beer as I can every time I see it, which is more lately but still not enough. if that isn’t a sign that a beer is perfect and deserves to be scored as such, I don’t know what is. To me, this beer has no flaws, and I kick it up a deserved 0.3 to become a perfecto robusto for me. Congrasts PTE, congrats Tomme, and let’s try to keep this one a secret from now on. END RERATE. Wow. A big thanks to Eric for tipping me off that this was at Ortino’s Northside in Zieglerville. The beer was brought in a pint glass, and presented a hazy gold/dark straw color with a one-finger white head. The aroma was dense and multi-layered, blasting my olfactory receptors with notes of heavy citric hops, honeydew, and tangerine. The aroma was amazingly close to Dreadnaught. Amazingly close! The flavor was also very Dreadnaughty, with the big hops, citrus including tangerine and orange zest, and honeydew. The finish was smooth and hefty on the palate, with more emerging fruit as it warmed. The major difference between this and Dreadnaught is that the latter is a bit sweeter and hotter. Otherwise, the two are very close. I loved this one. One of my favorite examples of one of my favorite styles.
jgaston (1) - USA - OCT 5, 2006 does not count
Finally got to try this one on-tap at Barclay’s in Oakland. Pours a nice amber orange with a pillowy, creamy white head. The nose on this brew really blew me away. Smells of all kinds of fresh fruit, citrus, and flowers.
The taste is also very nice. There’s an underlying taste of sweet malt, but the hops really steal the show here. The hops don’t overpower you the they do in some other brews though. Mouthfeel is medium, with very good carbonation. A great brew that I am very glad to have tried. Believe the hype folks. If you get the chance to try this one, don’t pass it up.
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Enjoyed this one on draught at the brewery in Santa Rosa, CA back in July of 06. Imperial or "Double" IPA’s might come close, or get as good, but they don’t get any better than Pliny the Elder. This beer is a true bench mark of Imperial IPA, and is just dripping with hop character. This beer pours to a burnt orange color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a soft carbonation. This beer just explodes with zesty and pungent, citrus/grape fruit hop aromas that flood the nose. The palate is firm, with good pale and carmel malt flavors, paired with really zesty grapefruit hop flavors that zing on the tongue. Pliny the Elder finishes with more fantastic citrus hop flavor up front, then ends with a citrus bomb of hop bitterness that lingers, and just hangs on the tongue, with some peppery alcohol. The ultimate aperitif beer, or an after dinner cocktail, as impressive as Imperial IPA gets. undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 On tap at pub. Can’t give specifics, but this was a great Double IPA, with just the right amount of bitterness, aroma, and sweetness. Very drinkable and not cloying sweet like some others.
Re-rate. Just the right amount in the aroma, piney, just the perfect amount of bitterness. Very drinkable. I love it johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2007 This is the best IIPA I’ve ever had. Poured a goldern color with a nice size white head that lingered. Smell was of hops, citrus, and light malt. Taste was a great balance of hops and malt. Very hoppy brew but it wasn’t overpowering. Very smoothe. j210277 (5) - USA - JUL 19, 2007 does not count
Definitely one of my top 5 beers, and just around the corner from my place. What more can a man want.