thome50 (1294) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Many cans thanks to mattyb83 and kbutler1! I only give this one a 9 out of 10 on aroma simply because I know there has to be something that smells better than this so I can’t quite do the perfect score but it so much deserves it. (Yes, stupid rational.) Tons of pine, citrus and just goodness waft from the glass. Appearance is a golden orange with a nice head but can get a bit unruly if you are too aggressive. The taste is outstanding. The flavors of citrus and pine just burst on to the for front of your tongue and you get even a bit of dankness near the middle until the perfect amount of sweet bitterness comes through to finish things off. Even the palate of this one resonates in your mouth but not enough to be annoying. It does a very nice job of coating your mouth but not being overly syrupy.
Overall, the best beer from a can, ever. I hate that I even have to use the can in this rating as this stands up to any DIPA out there hands down. They just need to produce more of this and distribute to Southern California and you’d have the beer store guys having to put up signs saying, "No Abrasive Today!" instead of "No Pliny Today!" Thanks again Matt and Kevin! steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2011
pours a nice copper with a thick lacing head. the smell is one of the best i’ve ever experienced for a DIPA. Citrus, grapefruit, piney. taste is also pretty good with citrus hops with a sweet malty backbone. overall a very good DIPA. glad i tried. dmac (6198) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2011
16 oz can of probably the best smelling DIPA I have ever had, thanks to Dlazale....thanks Greg!! Holy shit this is the best smelling DIPA in a can ever and probably one of the best smelling DIPAs hands down. Notes of cat piss, pine, dankness, citrus rind on the end, still Wow. Palate of a syrupy body that is slightly full along with softer carbonation and zero trace of the 9% ABV. Flavor of super bitter citrus rind, yellow grapefruit, cat piss, slight pine sap. All I can say is WOW and holh shit fuck money balls I can’t believe I have three more cans of this!!!!!!! Thanks Greg!! cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Poured from 16oz can into a small tasting glass, pours a clear copper with a nice white head and stick lacing, the aroma smacks you in the face with grapefruit and citrus, the flavor doesn’t disapoint either, wonderful balance between the citrus hops and malt, soooo good. jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
This is awesome. I love citra hops. This is like drinking a cup of citrus juice. Its sweet yet extremely hoppy. Perfectly balanced. Tons of stuff going on. This is definitley one of my new favorites. Cant wait to try more surly.
dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2011
Nice. Pours copper, little head. Hops on the nose, lots of um’. Bitter, pine citrus balanced out by some sweet malt, nice. Finishes a tad sweet.
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2011
16 oz can dated 2/7/2011.
AROMA: Hops! Some malt.
APPEARANCE: Copper color. Aggressive pour leads to some head that slowly dissipates.
TASTE: Poured from refrigerated can. Initial taste is hops! Nice and bitter with a slight malt backbone. Citrus tasting. I let this one warm up a bit. Good thing I did. As it warmed, additional tastes came out. Most notably, almost like an bitter orange taste The malt taste shined.
PALATE: Pretty darn bitter. Light bodied with a bitter finish.
OVERALL: Nothing new here, this is a great beer! Goodgrief (2020) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2011
Holy isht. This is really something! Orange amber pour...beautiful color...smallish head and decent lacing. Huge aroma...grapefruit and flowers. Thick, chewy mouthfeel is notable even before the huge flavor kicks in. Tropical fruity malt flavors with an immensely complex hop bill. Grapefruit, floral, pine, resin...it seems to have a bit of all of it. Very malty and sweet but loads of hop bitterness and a real tart citrus finish. This is really wow’ing. mnurda (1283) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 27, 2011
Canned sample from Blue Max Liquors Perfect colour, taste, carbonation, hops, citrus, etc... Would have given it a five but felt bad giving two in two weeks Fred82 (2313) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2011
500ml can thanks to grub. Canned 12/27/10.
Appearance : Hazy amber small head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Awesome fruity notes with awesome malt and light honey. Great floral and piny notes too.
Taste : Very fruity and malty. Light floral notes. Finish is quite bitter but not very resinous. Quite fruity with light floral notes.
Overall : I know this is not so fresh anymore. Nose is still very nice. Great malt and great fruity and floral hops. The type of profile that I like. Maybe a bit weak on hops but that’s most likely because of the age. Taste is also very nice but a bit weak on the hops too. Alcohol is not so well hidden but again this is probably because of the hop’s weakness. Overall a very nice DIPA but probably only the shadow of what it can be. I’ll make sure to re-rate this.