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RATINGS: 2760   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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Very seductive DIPA. Pours a peachy amber to golden color with white head that starts thick and dissipates to a thin layer that lasts well. Lace is present. Nose is the best feature of this ale. I get an appetizing tropical fruit, and perhaps we could call it candied tropical fruit like in those tropical versions of trail mix, where you might get some coconut thrown in for good measure. Iím also picking up something that is in the direction of mango with pineapple. Taste is grassy and dry up front, with a reflexive mouth pucker from the hops leaping across the palate. Not a lot of malt here, and the alcohol is amazingly subdued. The hoplover will relish this one but if youíre not into the style I can see why some see it as too much.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Pours a golden, slightly rosey color with thick whitish head. Aroma is vibrant with citrus and floral hoppiness and a slight earthiness. Flavor is nearly untouchable, simply bursting with resinous citrus and floral hoppiness. Iíve never experienced a beer with a larger number of flavors within its hop profile. It just seems to change from the first drop to minutes after the last gulp. Unreal.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle. Poured a clear light golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is near perfect hops very floral and earthy. Wow this is everything I want and expect from a west coast IPA. Powerfull hop presence without being overwhelming balances nicely with itís caramel malt base. Dry slightly bitter finish. Excellent.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ashbob90210 (3) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2009 does not count
On tap. The best it can get when it comes to IPA aroma and taste. If it is on tap at a bar you are at and do not order this beer, there is something wrong with you.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle ,I have been saving this for a while and today i broke it out and man was i glad i did.This was a delicious hop flavored IIPA with a dark yellow pour and a nice fluffy white head a pine like flavor and not to biitersweet over all very tastey.CHEERS!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle (in NZ). A dark gold pour with a think creamy white head. The big hop aroma exploded from the moment I opened the bottle - citrus, citrus and more citrus - but pine and grass also, and a touch of chocolate from the malt. Drinking it, the palate is so smooth, despite the hop bitterness. At first you get all that piney and citrusy flavour - getting more of the malt in the swallow - and even in the finish, which has peppery hops but surprisingly not too bitter. And a lovely warmness to remember it by. Brilliantly done.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
captaincass (45) - Everson, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2009 smells like hops after you open the package, amazing chinook, centennial they are all there. pours very thin was thinking this would be heavier. i mu st say the smell is the most amazing aroma of any beer iíve had. the flavors are all hops and i like it, not too sweet with almost a wet hop flavor, amazing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 30, 2009
Tasted 30/04/2009. 500ml bottle from Beerstore. Itís all been said already. Fantastic balance of malt, hop flavour and bitterness. The gold standard American IPA and I can see why (I wouldnít call it a DIPA). Pour carefully. Much better without the yeast... bitterness becomes a shade too high with the yeast in there.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle from La Bodega.. Bottled on 04/07/2009... Can you say FRESH...Pours a dark gold with a fluffy white head...Sweet smelling pine and citrus hops, floral hops as well in the nose..... Nice sweet lingering hop bite that makes me wanna drink some more...Hail to the Hops!!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 50cl bottle at home: Pours a nice crisp yellow gold with a diminishing, tall and somewhat creamy yellowed head. Great citrussy hop aroma. Definite grapefruit, apricot, and even some slight peach. Pine notes are also present but they are under the citrus fruit. Sweet malt that is almost sugary when combined with the citrus is big enough to balance the hops (balance in an IIPA kinda way). Light caramel drizzled over the top. A touch of alcohol makes that peach note seem like peach schnapps. Flavor is obviously dominated by hops, but there is a initial flash of pale malts before the hops roll in and conquer your tastebuds. Big piney hop fights with big grapefruity hop. Malt is less balancing than in the aroma but it is still gives a backbone to the hops. Although, it seems more like simple sugars at times rather than a nice complex malt profile. Medium body. Low alcohol drives some astringency and light burn into the back of your throat. Hops get a light mint edge towards the end. Long hop finish (duh!) that gets a little spicy and more fruity than what was noticed earlier. Resiny burn builds after all that.


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