mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 Handbottle, courtesy of Degarth (thanks!), pours a golden copper with a nice white head, good lacing. Nice hoppy aroma of grapefruit/citrus, floral, and pine. Flavor is a noticable hops bite that lingers a bit. Palate is full, creamy and medium carbonation. Not super fresh, so the edge is off a bit; would like to try it again with less age on it. In either case, this is another awesome RR creation! 9/4/8/4/18=4.3redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Update from a fresh growler, with a big thanks to DwnTwnBwn from over on BA. The freshness on this is an amazing hop bomb with tons of resin, floral, and overall just a fantastic nose. The flavor pushes the oily, resiny hops right to the edge yet manages to remain with just enough gentle caramel malt balance to work very well, along with just a hint of alcohol that remains complimentary. Wow, this one really does the trick for me, and the fresh growler pushes this to the top of my favorite DIPA’s, thanks again Blake!
OH MY GOSH!! [sorry about the cap lock, intentional though]
This nectar is unbelievable. Even after some of the worlds greatest Double India Pale Ales, i mean the BEST, this stuff is exceptional!
Pours a very nice pale golden color, just what an IPA [double or triple in my book} Perfect head! great lacing! [OK sorry about the exclamation points, but come on this is the best!!]
Great hoppy aroma.
Perfect balance, [Huge beer of course but...] big malt to go with the bitter hops.
[My local brewer makes a great triple, that actually come pretty close to this and some day some how i need to get this Pliny the Younger and Buzzsaw together!]
The only fault is that of course, you can’t drink this all the time, and even though it [especially] isn’t available to me easily, this is probably for the better.
Great stuff! badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 1, 2007
On tap at Stone. Beautiful clear golden amber with small fluffy head. Aroma of pine, rosemary, and honey. Thick syrupy palate. Sweet malty some what fruity initial taste transitioning to a good bitter bite and finishing with a great lingering floral hoppy taste. BeerDaveC007 (14) - Stockton, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
A great triple IPA from the master. great color. big hop nose. big hoppy, grapefruit, pine notes with a nice hoppy finish. mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Another Amazing RR Brew. These guys are Top five on the planet! Bangs out with a sharp biter finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Clear, pale body with nearly no head. The aroma is heavy c-hops, grapefruit, pine, apricot and light sweetness. The flavor is moderately sweet, bread, light honey and cotton candy, lots of grapefruit, pine, some alcohol and a harsh bitterness. Medium/full body feels a bit bloated, soft carbonation and an astringent, very bitter finish. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Shared by Dickinsonbeer at Captain Lawrence RB Gathering 5/5/07. Golden light in color with a nice off white head. Citrusy, grapefruity aroma. Pne, earthy notes. Hoppy malty flavor. Very citrusy and piney notes. Very fruity flavor. Hops are very sticky. Finish has a nice hop bitterness. The hop flavor lingers throughout the whole beer. Wow. Great. Really enjoyable. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Draught. Plain, golden-orange body with a little white head. The aroma doesn’t give up a whole lot, sure it’s really grape-ish AND grapefruity but not immensly expressive. Full, chewy fruit flavour. The hops are really thick and rich and alcohol actually appears in a late finish along with sheets of hop resin. It’s not overly bitter, just very hoppy and well balanced, surprisingly so, considering the specs.
I could probably drink several pints of this - until the alcohol kicked in of course.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pint at Hamilton’s in San Diego on March 25, 2007.
Shared by Dicksonbeer at the Captain Lawrence gathering for rating # 1000!!
Golden, light orange in color with a medium off white head. Aroma: heavy citrus, grapefruit, apricot, with some pine notes, hops are resinous, sticky aroma. Taste is a ton of sticky hops, citrus, a piney bitterness throughout the taste. Medium bodied, and just enough malt to give it a good backbone, while still showcasing the hops up front. Finishes moderately bitter that lingers, an awesome IIPA. This was quite an experience to drink, thanks again Paul!!!
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 rerate 2/14/09: Golubj sent over a fresh growler of this stuff and god was it incredible. One of, if not the best IIPAs I’ve ever had. Simply overflowing with citrus hop and pine all over, incredibly drinkable and rich without a flaw in sight. Almost no malt noticable at all, just pure American hops. Overwhelmingly fantastic.9/5/9/5/4.7
Hand-bottled bomber from Dickonsonbeer at CL RB tasting. Huge hop aroma, grapefruit, sucrose, grass, really gigantic and a perfect window for the hop oils to do their thing. Unfortunately, the hops are over-bitter in the mouth, and provide little body. Notes of mint, rum, grass. A very young beer. This really is a beer designed to showcase hops and nothing else, but the lack of body and the greenness of it were a bit of a let down. Perhaps I need to try it fresher on tap. 9/3/7/4/3.7