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RATINGS: 2724   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeneugs (4872) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
There will always be a special place in my heart for this beer, as itís the one that intruduced me to really good craft beer. After several hundred others, this one still stands up as one of my favorites. It has a one of a kind floral, foresty, citric nose with an amazing, frothy off white head. The flavor is very sophisticated with sweet jasmine, melon, and grapefruit. The sweet fruit flavors balance out the florals pretty admirably, but eventually you give in to the massive pine bitterness. I love that. This is comparitivley not as sweet as most other IIPAís Iíve tried. A world classic, that everone needs to try.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (23913) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 12, 2009
Bottled. Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is lots of fruity hops, some wood, alcohol and also mild herbal notes. Flavour is hops (peachy, tropical fruity and grassy bittery), with also some alcohol and mildly caramelly notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a golden orange color, lingering foamy head, lots of sediment. This is a big beer. Full bodied caramel and golden malt, followed by a smooth mellow wallop of those fine West Coast hops. Oh, and bubblegum. This beer has it in spades. Gotta love that. The thing that stands out here is the overall smoothness of the overall product. Very well balanced overall and a fine drinking experience. Well done.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - APR 10, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 0,5lt Bottle (1 month old). Hazy golden color with a medium foamy white head. An amazingly intense aroma of hops, pine, flowers, citrus and grapefruit among others. Flavor of malts mostly, citric fruit, very hoppy and bitter yet very balanced. Finishes very bitter and dry. Loved it (and I would like to try it on tap even more) !!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2009
Pours a very hazy lemon golden yellow with thick white head. Aroma is very citrusy blended with the hop flavors of pine and spice. Flavor is definite pink grapefruit mixed with pine undertones. Itís like Iím surrounded by evergreens. Body is creamy with high carbonation. Great great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2114) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2009
Pours a nice glowing amber into the glass, with a diminished head. Huge citrus-grapefruit and floral bitters to the nose. Lots of citrus upfront, with shining grapefruit and a distinct pine bitter back. Big mouthfeel with zesty carbonation levels, it is superbly integrated. This screams top-tier from the beginning of the pull. A true delight.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2009
[1908-20081219] 500mL bottle. Spruce sap aroma with strong evergreen hops and a mild background of sweat. Clear, light orange body with medium-lasting creamy white bubbles. Juicy evergreen spruce flavour has a great bitter balance. Medium body is quite bitter. Lovely, lovely hoppy bitter brew, really drinkable.
(w/ jerc, tupalev)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2009
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Pours a very hazy yellow with a nice dense white head and yeast floating around in the glass amisdst the golden yellow backdrop. Smells strongly of citrus, pine, and some floral as well. Taste is citrus/fruity. There is some lemon, grapefruit and even orange. This one is very fruity and almost sweet at times. Some earthy pine notes as well. Finishes nicely bitter. A well-done IPA, a great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (14899) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 9, 2009
Bottled on 04/2008 (CK), Deep honey.golden color, small white head. Strong fruity pineapple-apricot hoppy aroma, some cat piss effect. Straightforward grassy, a bit fruity hoppy flavor. Malt profile is "easy to drink", leaning more to hoppyness than maltyness. Very long citric aftertaste. This is a good beer, but I was waiting for more (average 4.2). Bottle was one year old, maybe needs really fresh sample.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreggG (19) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2009
500 mL bottle dated Feb 3, 2009. A succulent citrus aroma bursts out of the bottle as soon as the cap is cracked. Pours a bright honey-gold color with a thin white head. Small bubbles can clearly be seen effervescing off the bottom of the glass. The aroma is all about juicy hops with grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, and hints of grass. The flavor is amazingly well balanced. The hops are prominent, of course, with an initial sweetness that is unexpected. Thatís followed by a substantial bitterness that clings to the inside of the cheeks and then pleasantly subsides. All of the flavors are in harmony - making this a truly exceptional beer. Fantastic!


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