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RATINGS: 2521   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   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 uncle’s 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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
RSRIZZO (1868) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2008
On draught at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs. Aroma is a bright fresh hop scent. Color is golden brown with light carbonation and a thick tight head. Taste is grapefruit. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a creamy feel. Finish comes in with a bold citric hop flavor then some mild malt and an even bitterness. After taste is more bitterness and lingering grapefruit. Its well balanced but the grapefruit taste is too strong for me.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Fresh fruity citrus hop nose, floral fresh hop juice flavor, perfectly balanced without even coming close to being over bittered. Alcohol disguised with care. Delicate hop flower flavor, so good. I can;t express this to you enough, this ale is of a very high quality, so clean and light, yet so robust and distinct. I had no idea that I was buying such an incredible ale when I was at the shop, I’m new to the area and this came as an absolute shock to me, I was told that I actually scored a bottle from the first batch ever to be bottled, HISTORY! Proud to be a part of it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2008
<b>Bottle:</b> Courtesy of bvc...thanks Brandon. Pours a light copper-orange with a two-finger white head and excellent lacing/retention. The nose hints at massive amounts of citrus, specifically grapefruit, apricots and peach with some oh-so-subtle grassy and resin notes. Decent so far...immediately upon tasting this I was a bit let down, I was expecting a hop-bomb and got something much less. The hoppiness is present but not in the blow-my-mind sense and frankly I was a bit disappointed especially considering all the hype around this. It is very clean and dry with a very good hop profile but I would not put this in Hopslam or Dreadnaught’s league when fresh...and I’ve got to assume I received a fresh bottle.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
This is a powerful, but flavourful, full-bodied double IPA that deseves its high repuation for the style. It has plenty of bitterness and hop power, but keys to it are the strong, rich malty-alcoholic backbone, complex range of full flavours, and overall relative balance. It is amber with hints of copper, big, creamy, off-white head lasting and slowly shrinking, great rings of even lace. Tha aroma is mostly muscat grapes with pine, grapefruit, pineapple, honey, overall very fruity and flowery take on IPA. The taste is predominantly sweet wine, honey, with a lot of pine, grapefruit, hints of bread and grain, especially in the finish, it has firm sweetness under the dominant bitterness, being mostly sweet wine and hops. The bitterness is soemwhat drying but not overly so.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raphael (894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Had it at festivals and now in bottlke! Full flora aroma, nose tickliing-- I cannot pull the parts apart, a little honey getting through. Frothy white head with a golden glow. While the hops are strong, the sweetness pokes through, almost watermelon, then lemon, then comes a bitter rasp that doesnt linger. Smooth, oily, lightness on the palate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Draught. Hop pellet nose, musky pine and citrus. Clear orange-amber with a thin white head. Flavor is phenomenal. Orange juice hop character at a perfect level of bitterness interplaying with fruity sweet notes all the way to the finish. Extremely clean, chewy but still highly drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CelticBrew (845) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Poured (5000ml) a light orange, with a golden hue, forming a good size white head of foam. Aroma pine, hops with a tinge of citrus tones. Flavour was full bodied, hoppy, malts, pine resin dominate as sweet carameled malts and tropical fruit balance this wonderful beer. Mouthfeel was sticky, and lacing beautiful. Highly quaffable, as this beer is smooth, yet bitterly delicious. Alcohol hidden, thus dangerous. Beer drinkers delight!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy spruce citrus hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a oily slick texture. Moderate alcohol bite at the finish. Very good brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 Re-Rate 1/13/10. One of my favorites. Orange-gold, thick head, nice scattered lacing. The aroma is a wonderful and a powerful blend of pine, grapefruit, lemons, herbs and flowers. The flavor follows; nice and hoppy but far from massively bitter and perhaps less intense than the aroma. Delicious and a very drinkable IIPA. Original Rating: Big thanks to zythum for this one! Pours an orange-golden color with a thin frothy off-white head with some pretty nice retention and lacing. Aroma is lots of hops, especially pine, with some citrus there as well. The hops up front are sticky pine needles with some lemon, honey, and caramel notes. The finishing hops are juicy grapefruit. Crisp, bitter, and dry. This has lots of hops, yes, but what I love about this beer is that it is extremely drinkable. I imagine this will find a spot close to the top of my list. Thanks again zythum!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3355) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Unassuming, modest bronze body, but with an absolutely luscious, creamy, hop-resin filled head.. Aroma is sharp Chinook some fruity & grapefruity Crystal and some pine,.Perhaps a hint of Simcoe passionfruit. A fully hoppy flavor that is rather grapefruity and touches of over-ripe fruit. High, but manageable amounts of bitterness. Still, a couple of these are sure to give you a hop-headache. Co-humulone factor seems high. A solid IPA, but not quite a world-beater.


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