JaBier (8027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
Sample at the hodgepodge tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 4.17.09. Cloudy orange/copper pour with a medium off-white head. Earthy and dank hop aroma with some grainy malt. Some malt in the flavor, but mostly earthy hops and some citrus I didn’t get in the nose. Pretty good. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2009
I love the longshot competition that Sam Adams does. Cheers once again for a great program. hazy copper pour with thick frothy white head. big fresh floral hop aroma. bitter right up front with caramel coming forward in sugary finish. big and a bit hot. congrats mike. SSSteve (4006) - - APR 19, 2009
murky orange under a medium sized creamy off-white head. big juicy apricot, peach, citrus aroma. flavor is also loaded with hops and extremely bitter with some caramel malt balance. slightly astringent finish. jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2009
Aroma is thick sweet hops, very earthy, soapy. Body is sticky, flavor is heavy sweet, bitterness is deep, earthy, spicy. Grapefruit bitterness that lasts afterwards, piney resinous. Very sweet and heavy, but overall not too shabby. unclemike (3150) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2009
Aroma of citrus, caramel, pine tree, biscuit, saltwater taffy, funky earth, or vegetable. Poured orange with a off white head Flavors of sweet malt, floral/citrus hops bitter with a bitter finish overall this beer is a winner.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2009
Sample at the Total Wine Beer Fest, Jacksonville FL 4-18-2009. I don’t understand the ratings here being all over the board. This beer was a fabulous showcase of hops in a double IPA. Intense and delicious flavor, and the aroma was wonderful. A world class brew. I have not sampled the Pliny so I don’t have a reference point there but it certainly compares favorably to other Double IPA’s. markgmeyers (4) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009 does not count
Bottle from Lundeens
A: Pours a cloudy dark orange. Minimal head retention. Quite a contrast to the brilliant gold, when I had Pliny lacy pour.
A: A hint of malt with a some pine
T: Fairly malty and sweet. A great piney and resiny hop flavor. Tremendous hop after taste. Bitter w/ great hop flavor.
Palate: Good carbonation. Finsihed a bit syrupy.
Overall: Typical IIPA which borders on the sweet side. Quite dissimilar to Pliny that I’m shocked that the same recipe was used. I actually preferred Ballast Point’s IIPA which I had last night.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2009
Aroma was grapefruit with some vegetal notes in there. poured murky amber witth 2 fingers of head and good retention. flavor was pure hops, vegetal and to me not harmonious or pleasing. medium bodied mouthfeel. wasn’t digging this one, but maybe I would give it another shot. Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2009
Pours a murky amberish color with minimal white head. Aroma is an extremely dank, intense American hop extravaganza. This is one of the best smelling beers out there. Taste is equally intense. The only thing is, which I agree with everyone else...it just isn’t Pliny. The hops are a little harsher, a little less cohesive, but damn is this tasty (Tasty McDole that is). xmarcnolanx (939) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2009
Aroma is onion; very green. Tons of hoppiness. Malt sweetness makes its presence known.
Head is almost non-existent. Orange color.
Taste is bitter onion, some earthiness. A bit of dirt. Biscuit, more bitterness and sweetness.
Finishes with a lot of onion bitterness.
Hedonistically, not a huge fan, but good flavors.