hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 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 (3260) - 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.9/5/9/5/4.7PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2007
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
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2007 Growler: Pours an orangey golden with an off white ring for head. This is one of the closest thing to hop-juice out there. The aroma is pure hop oils and pine. It’s like having hops in you hands and crushing out the resins between your fingers. Has the pure hop-oil flavor as well without being overly bitter or chaotic. Lemony citrus notes are everywhere, along with a fresh & sweet apricot background. There’s just enough malt to make this hop-juice quaff-able, and the alcohol is well hidden. A pure hop experience, and a top IIPA. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2007
12oz handbottle courtesy of Dickinsonbeer. Thank you Thank you, Paul. Pour is a clear orange golden with hardly any head. Still has nice carbonation and a little white ring of lace. Like the elder, the younger has a very explosive nose. with lots of hop flavors. Floral, grapefruit, apricot, tropical fruits predominate. Flavor is sweet and bursting with similar hop flavors. Bitter, but no bite to speak of. Alcohol is evident, but 11% is a stretch. Not saying this isn’t 11%, but rather that the alcohol is hidden extremely well. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel and finish. Ive tasted 5% ipa’s that seem much harsher than this. Vinnie never ceases to amaze me with his creations. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2007
16oz hand-bottle, extra thanks to MrBendo for the hook-up! Poured clear medium golden with a short cap of white.. receded to some loose bubbles after a couple minutes. The aroma was driven by seductive pineapple, pear, grapefruit, and pine hoppage.. candied apricots and caramel sweetness also rise to the occasion... damn.. I just got lost in it and about 5 minutes elapsed!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 28, 2007
The flavor doesn’t lose a thing.. incredible balance between light fruits and caramel at the base and brilliant hoppage all around.. just spaced out with my nose in the glass again.. pine, pineapple, and pear all dance across the taste buds. Roughly medium-bodied with ideal carbonation.. perfect balance and great use of alcohol heat to accent everything. Phenominal brew! Thanks a million, Todd!
Growler, courtesy of Dickinsonbeer. Thanks, Paul!! Pours a hazy, honey orange color; small white head with light lacing. Enormous, hoppy aroma: citrus and tropical fruit; resiny and pleasantly bitter. Full, hoppy mouthfeel: enormously hoppy; light balancing maltiness underneath, but with a huge, headfirst citrus / floral bitterness; still, remains terribly drinkable with a complex, unpinnable hop character. Medium, bitter hop and candy sugar finish. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2007
Growler at Ken’s Thirsty Thursday Throw Down (in MJ’s case - throw up) -Lightly hazed 14 kt gold, creamy white head. Screaming fresh hop nose of piney florals that lie on a bed of earthy tangerine, tropical fruit, and hints of honeyed apricot. The west coast never tasted so good with an all out hop assault from start to finish. Balance...not a chance. Bitter without major bite, but some might beg to differ. Full bodied, medium carbonation, dry bitter finish. Hello Younger, goodbye Dreadnaught. A new favorite D-IPA without a doubt. Fan-fuckin-tastic! Thanks for sharing Ken… elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - APR 25, 2007
bottle. golden color. slight sour aroma of hops. great creamy taste of hops. some sweetness and complexity. great. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2007
Handbottle from MrBendo. Aroma: Pretty similar to the Elder but with a bit with less sweetness and a more resinous character. Strong citrus, resin and pine, and a light floral note. Appearance: Light amber in color and slightly hazed. Off-white head was small and foamy with decent retention. Fair lacing. Flavor: Lightly sweet malt with a touch of honey. Hops kick in with a strong pine and resin notes, grapefruit and mango, and some light floral and grass into the finish. Bitterness is much more aggressive than the Elder, but not unpleasant. Dry finish with hop flavors and bitterness carrying over. Alcohol comes out stronger as it warms. Palate: Mediu-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Some light alcohol warming in back of the mouth. Overall: It’s hard to decide which of the Plinys I like more. This one is definitely more over the top with hop flavor and bitterness. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Growler from Capone’s. Golden-amber with a small head. Aroma is a pleasant and overwhelming bouquet of HOPS!!! - Heavy & Bitter citrus, strong flowery-pine. Extremely sticky hop flavor in addition to some sweet citrus and malt flavors, plus just a bit of alcohol. Overwhelmingly hop heavy and wonderful. The Elder is a very nice DIPA - but as a hophead, this one goes a step further.........Well done!