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RATINGS: 2797   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 17/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2009
First of all what a beer. The aroma is wonderful, like a bowl of fresh fruit. I could smell this beer all my life if I could. The taste is such a perfect balance of malt & hops. Right when the bitterness kicks in the malt backbone smooths it out perfectly. If there was one beer I had to drink the rest of my life this would be it. I wish it was easier to get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 25, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2010 Bottle BIG thanks to Hophead22. Beautiful floral hop aroma. notes of fruits and flowers on a nice spring morning. They should make pliny the elder cologne. Also a little grapefruit, big juicy hops. This is such a nice beer. Perfectly balanced sweet caramel malts and some grapeffuit. I want to drink this every day for the rest of my life. Considering a flyout to RR just for pliny the younger next time itís released. rerate. numerous bottles. fresh bottles at that. the hop character on this beer is not what i remember. did they change something? More recent batches have seemed syrupy and lack the beautiful bouquet of aromas I remember. wtf is going on. maybe itís just me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle. Bright golden color, big foamy white head. Unbelievably huge nose, can smell it from across the room, but a lovely aroma so itís all good, grapefruit, citrus, other background flora. Flavor is big grapefruit, juicy citrus, some pine, and malts to back up the hop explosion. Dry, clean finish, remarkably little lingering bitterness--smooth, refreshing, and really drinkable. Best IPA Iíve had so far (and Iím not generally a big fan of the style).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeSammy (609) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2009
On tap at Fathers Office in LA. First impression: serious nose of strong piney hops. Amber color, light head. Great lacing on my glass. A piney hop blast on my palale with a fair ammount of malt to counteract. Nicely balanced until the finish. Long bitter tail end, not overwhelming. Great citrus/ pine hopped balance. Great IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle shared with Ketih. Enjoyed this one at room temperature. It was very good nonetheless. Not an overpowering aroma like some hop-bombs, but refined and balanced. Good pine and citrus aroma. Such balanced flavors in this one. The grapefruit really stands out, but itís one of the more balanced and drinkable IPAs Iíve had. Iíve had the Younger one time, and this is probably better in pure drinkability. Awesome job.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Pours deep gold. aroma of grapefruit and orange and this thing just really HITS the nose. Tastes of plants, herbs, grapefruit, orange, and with more caramel and white bread flavor than Blind Pig. Finishes with toast, butter, earth, and light grapefruit. Bitter, but more flavorful. So perfectly made you may very well cry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Thanks Zythum. Bottled 5/13/09. Light amber pour with nice white head. Nice citrus hop aroma. As I was pouring, the deliscious smell came out at me. The taste is hoppy, very hoppy. Nice malt backbone to go along with the extreme hop experience. The hops give off a little spiciness. Nice lacing on the glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Bottled on 5/26/09. Pours a orangish gold, slightly hazy, with a bit white head that quickly dissipates until a 1mm head stays stuck to the surface. Awesome aroma of orange juice, pineapple, and hops. Flavors of orange juice and pineapple are prominent. The hops are wonderful, and thereís a surprising amount of malt flavor as well. Punches you in the throat with bitterness but quickly fades; a very pleasant rush. Nice and crisp with a bit of wonderful bubbly goodness. Iím surprised how easy this is to drink. I will have to make this a regular pickup when Iím in California.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4206) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2009
bottle. Largen fin bubbled white head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Light cloudy golden color. Aroma of pineapple and fruit, peach, grapefruit, mild mallt, caramel, nutty. Medium bodied, average carbonation, dry texture. Moderated bitter and sweet. Fruity smooth finish with a bitter dry twist.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2896) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle. Ap: Hazy golden. Big white head. Ar: Fruity and sweet. Mild grapefruit, pineapple and cookies. Fla: Extremely fruity, semi-bitter grapefruit, fresh hops, nice (medium) bitterness. Ov: Well balanced sweet, fresh and fruity rather than extreme and bitter.

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