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RATINGS: 2780   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, "lupus Salictarius", meaning wolf among scrubs." Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, humulus Lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncleís legacy by documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Pliny the Elder, the beer, is brewed with 40% more malt and over twice the amount of hops as compared to our already hoppy IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2244) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Pliny wasnít as good as I was expecting. Maybe it was the hype and all that I read beforehand. Iíll admint that I had my preconceptions going into this beer. Maybe I hyped this beer up a little too much in my mind. I was really expecting a knock-out, but I didnít get it. Donít get me wrong....this was a great beer. But it missed the mark of all the talk and hype leading up to it. But it didnít miss by much. This is still a fantastic beer. It poured a clear and sparkling dark golden color with a very generous off-white head. There was much lacing left around the glass, as well. The aroma was rich and full of hops, flowers, cumin, chili powder, toasted bread and earth. The body was silky smooth and completely drinkable. The flavors were profound and balanced, with rich notes of bread and malt, along with the tang and bitter tones of hops, grapefruit, orange peel and red pepper. The finish was quite bitter, hoppy and spicy, but was balanced with tones of bread and malt. This was defintely was a great beer; one that I drove through a very severe thunderstrom, with heavy rain, hail and lightning to taste. I was a little disappointed, but quite satisfied. Pliny just lacked that extra punch and the over-the-top hoppiness that makes a great double IPA. But Iím glad I finally got the opportunity to sample it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Half dozen different bottles over a couple year period. Not much that can be added to whats already said. As IPAís go this as about as good as they get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
On tap at Monks Cafe in Philly- appeared a hazy orange copper, thick sticky lacy foam head. Orange zest on the nose, citrus hops and zesty with some bitterness. Flavorful with a spritey dance on the palate, lacing in layers throughout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davhix (38) - Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2009
fantastic. floral, citrus, malt, all balanced perfectly. buying this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a nice frothy, off-white head. Aromas of hops but so much more such as malts, maple syrup, and some citrus. Palate is simply amazing as the beer is perfect - smooth at the beginning with a nice slick middle finishing in a clean manner. Flavor is even better as the beer is perfectly balances between the hops and malts. Somehow Pliny manages to drink like an IPA without smacking you around with the hops. This is the perfect beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JCAZ (7) - Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2009 does not count
On tap at Stone. Summary: One of the overall best DIPAís Iíve ever had. Balanced, flavorful, long finish, true to style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
500ml bottle from a trade with bhensonb. pours a slightly hazed orange with minimal carb and sexy lacings. a small snow white head lingers across the cap. aroma of hops, with hops and hops. the flavour is of hops, hops, and hops. one dimentional in both the flavour and aroma because of the massive hops assault. it has a perfect mouthfeel and is quite balanced across the palate. pretty damn stunning! thx bill!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7719) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle kindly shared by hallinghansen. Cloudy orange body with a medium steady off white head. Very fruity and hoppy aroma. Notes of citrus, grapefruit, peach, pine and light caramel. Creamy and smooth texture. The flavour is peach, citrus, passion fruit, grapefruit, caramel and flowers. Lovely! ery balanced, tasteful and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
tap at capones, bronze colored pour with a big white head, was actually cool to have it side by side with the younger to see just how nice the color was, the balance was great..tons of hops in both the nose and the taste, some great pine tones mixed in with hay and light caramel. finish was bitter, but again balanced to not give the mouth puckering effect. awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ColoradoMatty (16) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 After months of searching, I was lucky enought to find a secret stash in Colorado. They were bottled 7/20/09, so very fresh. Poured into tulip glass and it has a murky, yet glowing oragnge hue. The aroma has strong hints of pine and kind. The first sip has an unforegettable bite to it. Very sticky resin like quality with the best lacing I have ever seen. This is hop-headís dream. Simply put, the most enjoyable beer I have ever had. My freinds make fun of me for drinking IPAís all of the time. However, I gave a Pliny to the most cirtical of beer drinking friends, without telling him it was an IPA. He could not stop talking about how delicious it is! I think Snoop Dog would call this IPA "sticky icky icky!"

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