gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2002Hihosteveareno (12) - - JUN 12, 2017
One of the best...wet hopped with lots of flavor.
I had two bottles of Pliny at Wades Wines Tasting Room in Spring 2017, and loved it. This is a flagship West Coast IPA, and stands up to it's reputation. Although local breweries are producing Doubles as good, if not better, I wouldn't turn it down. Strong and smooth, but with some bitterness I could do without.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone tricksta_p (4520) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2017 From tap at APEX, Portland. Big tropical fruit and pine aroma with grapefruit, sweetish fruits, orange, biscuity malt, pine resin. Flavour is moderate sweet with a long medium plus bitter dry-ish finish. Body is medium. Great balance, big tropical fruits, truly one of the finest IIPAís. ♡♡♡ Enjoyed again from tap at Toronado, San Francisco. Just as good. DomD (301) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2017
Bottle into glass. Piney grapefruit aroma. Pours a clear golden with white head. Medium bitter taste. Smooth texture. Good IPA. vami (455) - Poznan, POLAND - MAY 25, 2017
American classic. Pours light and clear. Lots of hops in the aroma: resin, pine, a bit of kerosene, some citrus, no tropical notes. The aroma predicts a dry and hoppy beer, which the taste confirms. Bitter, dry, great west coast IPA. In the times of sweet NE IPAs, this one is a very nice refreshment. Thumbs up! FatPhil (15961) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 23, 2017
510ml bottle - thanks Helen proximally, and random visitor from S.F. ultimately!
djnorth (3) - - MAY 22, 2017 does not count
Bottled 29 days ago, thatís one of the freshest US hop-oriented beers Iíve ever had. Pale gold, crystal clear, brief loose head. Pretty fruity hops, but some sweaty stankiness too, and a promise of bitterness. Once the chillís off, some caramel appears too. Light palate, crisp carbonaton, but not lacking fullness. Oooooh, thatís a very pleasing taste - very citrussy/lemony hop forward, would not be surprised to see citra several times in the hop schedule - but with a very pleasant balance and drinkability to it. Like the bitter bite, makes my teeth slighty metallic. Light malts gently support the hops, but play second fiddle. Strange for a hop-forward beer to be better in the taste than the aroma, but Iím very happy itís so. Finish gets more bitter, more herbal, and even with a bit of seared pork fat in it, which I particularly like. Really picked up after the aroma.
I recently bought 2 bottles from April 2017 production and tried them on two separate occasions. In short, this IPA is OK but I wasnít impressed and felt underwhelmed with all of the hype about it. The best part is its fragrance - very floral. Taste is like a common IPA with plenty of hop flavor, fairly bitter, and light/watery mouthfeel. Didnít really detect any creaminess. Probably itís better on tap and would be curious to try it but I wonít be making the effort to find this in bottle again anytime soon. BiddleBrau (1219) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2017
On Tap at Penn Taproom. Gold, white head. Pine aroma. Full malt profile, rich hop flavor. Full palate, dry cloying finish. vipinvelp (4368) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2017
Clear dark yellow, off-white lacing foam head. Nice hoppy aroma and strong bitter taste. Long lasting aftertaste. A through hoppy beer. (Houston 201705) Dal9000 (620) - Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2017
At Russian River Brewery ( packed at 3:00 Thursday!) 1.070 OG 8.00 ABV
Pours golden yellow with no head. A quick burst of floral, citrus and pine blended to a velvet creamy finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy Sudz4Dayz (136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2017
500ml bottle consumed in a bottle share, thanks to Sam. Pours golden clear, foamy white head. Leaves substantial lacing. Looks like a nice barrel aged saison. Smells nice. Piney, floral, citrus nose. Small aroma but pleasant. Tastes old school hops,. Piney, floral, malty and caramel. Small citrus finish. Dry and clean aftertaste. Bitter and crisp mouthfeel. Honestly I wanted to hate this beer. After all the hype I couldnít believe it was any good. Figured it would be an overrated west coast IPA. It is. but not as bad as I had thought. I still donít understand how anyone rates this above a 4 though. Itís good but not great.