I fell in love with Pliny the Elder on a recent visit to California. What struck me was how "light" the beer is - both in color and sweetness, in complete contrast to traditional ideas of balance - and yet the result doesn't seem one dimensional or off balance, but just tastes right. I've been wanting to brew something similar for awhile. I've recently been on a more traditional British kick, the universal citrus-y cascade/amarillo/etc. profile which I used to love has just been so overdone that I'm sick of it. I think I'm not alone, Pliny and many other beers seem to have moved towards the pine end of things, with Simcoe the new hop of choice. I quite like these beers, but I don't have that style of hop on hand (and didn't find them in my last trip to the LHBS). So I've been trying to come up with a DIPA with a similar style - little or no caramel/crystal, low FG, light color, etc. but using more traditional hops (and perhaps an English yeast instead of the ever-present 1056/001/s05). In another thread I asked about a good substitute from Simcoe in a Pliny clone without anything that really sounds promising, so I'm coming back to trying something more radical.
In short: Does anyone have a good recipe for a non-American style DIPA that isn't too sweet? I worry that just copying the American versions but with, say, British hops and yeast will lead to a beer that tastes like perfume and where the hops and yeast esthers are in conflict. Are there any commercial or homebrew examples of anything successful along these lines?