nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle. Poured orange with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus, floral elements as well. Flavors of sweet malt, floral/citrus hops. Medium bodied, a bit syrupy, sweet, bitter with a bitter finish. Fairly average IIPA, maybe would’ve faired better unfiltered? goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2009
Poured a hazed orange-amber color with a small off-white head. Sweaty, citrus, earthy aroma with a sweet malt base. Hop flavor with citrus notes and again a sweet malty base. Very long bitter hop finish that is semi-dry. Medium bodied. ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy amber color with a decent white head. Aroma is light caramel, floral, citrus. Flavor is caramel, lioght pepper, floral, light citrus. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished bitter. Decent, but a far cry from Pliny. bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2009 So many know the story: this beer won the LongShot competition and it’s a tweak on a clone of Pliny the Elder. It was supposed to be bottled, but Sam Adams couldn’t get the hops and had to put off bottling until next year.
What you may not know is that Sam Adams did brew a large batch of the beer to see how the recipe would scale up. Mike (the winner) made sure that kegs of the batch were sent to his local tap house (EJ Phair). And thus, it’s available in preview.
Draft. Rich amber beer with a nice off-white head. Aroma is great, but not quyite as good as Pliny. Flavor is very Pliny like, but the bitterness is a little bit less. Very good beer. You could be very happy to drink this all night. Now if someone was really thinking, Pliny would have been on tap as well.
Final bottles version is more piney and maltier and its lost almost everything that made it Pliny-like. Still a good beer though.