A: Same deep gold as Blind Pig, but foam head has larger thick bubbles and slightly off-white.
S: More caramel and citrus, with only faint pine notes. Absolutely nothing but perfection, not a single off note.
T: What a great melange of flavors, the sum of it's parts are great, but it's a total team effort. It takes some effort to break down what's happening. First, I would never guess the 18% abv, not in a million years. Next, it's the most crispy and clean caramel beer that I've ever had. Medium mouthfeel, not sticky in any way.
O: This stuff is magic in a bottle. How such a huge brew comes off as sophisticated as it does is brewing skills at the Jedhi level. This is a tricky style and it's a hugely competitive style segment. Pliny's the benchmark and worthy of all the attention.
Poured slightly cloudy into my snifter. I wanted to get everything I could out of this beer. Never know when I will get another. Nice sized white foam that had okay retention and lacing.
The aroma is just outstanding. The pine and citrus aromas invade the nostrils with goodness like they haven't had in a long time. There is sweetness but not too much, leaving the hops play sweet notes.
Taste has a hint of sweetness up front but then come the hops. Blend of citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops. There is bitterness in the finish that doesn't last while the grapefruit and pine linger into the after taste. Damn tasty.
Not that heavy of an IIPA with a medium or better carbonation: very befitting of the beer.
This is a really smooth, refreshing, and outstanding IIPA. The lack of alcohol showing through anywhere in the beer makes this feel like you could have many. I have to say this beer is one the best IIPA I have had. Now I just need some more and get it distributed to Chicagoland. Enjoy!