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RATINGS: 2781   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 14, 2009
Tap at Toranado: Iíve had this a number of times, but never rated it due to the fact that I had not enjoyed it as much as I thought I potentially could. Then I had it as fresh as can be in San Francisco, so I figured it was time. Rich golden pour with a dense white lacing head. This stuff has nothing but super alpha acid hops in it. Itís so hoppy that the aroma is all vegetal- basil, oregano, pure hop oils, lots and lots of myrcene. Creamy body with an extreme hops flavor (surprise). Hop insanity, no malt nuance. Resiny, piny, oregano, basil, all vegetal, hempy, bombarded with myrcene. This stuff lacks the finesse and fruitiness of PTY. If youíre a beer guy thatís stuck in the "hop phase," then this is your holy grail.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - APR 14, 2009
Courtesy of Bov. Mindblowingly pleasant aroma with a huge amount of hop resin showing up. Hints of grapefruit, pine needles, mango and pineapple. A lot of dry hop. Flavor and palate: Good bitterness. Perfectly balanced. Extremely subtle. Overall impression: Great. Thanks a lot Bov!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
Color has a brass hue. Sediment very visible. Nose of grape fruit and apple. Biting pine bitterness on first contact with the tongue dissipating into floral hops. Not overly sweet. As a result, the palate is not syrupy as most other Imperial IPAs Iíve had, e.g. Stone Ruination. Overall: Excellent IPA. Reminiscent of Frankís Double IPA at Pizza Port Carlsbad, which I regard as the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
wow love this d ipa .Been on the west coast for a few months,and this is by far my favorite ! Canít wait to try pty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 13, 2009
pours a hazy golden/orange. aroma is very floral hops with come resounding cirtus pulling through. no real malt on the nose. drinks with tons of grapefruit, orange, pineapple up front finishing bitter with resiney piney hops. lingering after taste makes you want more. great ipa

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2009
Awesome as expected. Hazy pour. Aroma bursting with grapefruit. Taste full of citrus hops. Malt comes in but is overpowered. The only problem is a little off lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (11689) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 12, 2009
from crackedkettle.com - quite clear blond-bronze colour with a little white foam; very hoppy aroma, resiney, pine needles, cheese and grapefruit; good malt body, clean palate, very bitter and a long lasting fruity bitterness, very robust but never aggressive, more lingering resiney notes - a superb beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeneugs (5451) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (24607) - 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.

   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.

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