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RATINGS: 2723   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
savatar (10) - USA - MAR 15, 2009
When this beer first came into our market I was skeptical of all the hype surrounding it. I guess I mostly distrust the opinions of others when it comes to IPAs. This beer lives up to the hype as well as surpases it. Upon opening the bottle I knew I was in for a treat. As the aroma blasted my nasal cavaty, my mouth began watering. The mouthfeel and flavor profile from the forest of hops in this beer are nothing short of spectacuar. This one is tough to beat, and a must try for anyone who considers themselve to be any kind of IPA snob. MUST TRY

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle thanks to the mashmaster! Aroma has notes of grapefruit, citrus and tropical fruits and sweet caramel malts. Hazy medium orange hue with a large off-white head that left great lace. Flavor is sweet and crisp with a nice bitter finish. Palate is medium bodied and oily soft. Very good and fruity aroma. So incredible well done. I wanted to hate this beer for it’s stupid ass label but my god is this beer beautiful. I don’t think a IIPA can actually get any better than this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
detroital (3) - USA - MAR 13, 2009 does not count
I’m very partial to IPAs and on a recent visit to Santa Rosa, I downed a couple pints. Amongst the world’s best.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2009
2009 Bottle - 1 month old - Pours a lt orange with a lasing off white head...aroma is amazing, pineapple, pine, grapefruit and caramel, melon...flavour is big and bold, mineraly, dry hop bitterness on the front end that meets a clean maltiness in the middle, and finishes beautifully...hoppy with enought malt to be balanced, but far from cloying...the driest DIPA I’ve had, and a welcome change form the malt-bomb hop-bomb formula...sweetness...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (6232) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle (50 cl), thanks larsniclas. Cloudy golden, medium white head. Hoppy aroma with notes of elderberries, sauvignion blanc wine, and black currants, on top of a slightly earthy malt base. Medium bodied and very smooth. Nice long bitter finish. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9281) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 First rating
50 cl bottle thanks to larsniclas
On March 7, 2009
BB or bottled 012309
Hazy golden color, white head. Cream, hoppy, pienapple, grape scent. Sweet, bitter, gooseberry, pienapple, grape taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.

Bottle thanks to Gusgus! Bottled on 04.17.12, sampled on August 11, 2012
Hoppy, citrus, malt, caramel, sweet scent. Cloudy golden color, lasting off-white head. Bitter, hoppy, mango, citrus, malty taste. Bitter aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Medium to spritzy mouthfeel, high bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PolishHammer (124) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Citrus, particularly grapefruit in the aroma, subtle pine, not sticky sap. Appearance is a cloudy, semi-translucent golden, with an off-white, tightly nit one-finger head that dicipates quickly. Good malty sweetness to balance the strong hops. Overall, a very well balanced, smooth drinking IPA. The hops aren’t too overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2009
Bottled. Thanks to larsniclas. Light hazy dark amber clour with solid white head. Aroma is heavy from the hops, there is plenty of grapefruit and oranges along with bit of pine. Flavour is loaded with hoppy grape-juice and its very clean overall. There is vanilla ice-cream, pink grapes, gooseberries and oranges. The hop bitterness, that is said to be monstrously high, is sensed early and last all the way from sippin till long after. The malt sweetness is there, yet due to the well attenuation and a low starting gravity, this is a pretty dry beer and very balanced at that. Solid 2IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (329) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2009
Bottled@home I owe some big thanks to fellow beeradvocate kplynch for hooking me up with this beauty! Apperance: Hazy orange with a nice white foam and lots of lacing. Aroma: Exotic fruit, Caramel, Pine and plenty of hops. Lovely! Flavor: Caramel, Exotic fruits, Citric notes (grapefruit overdose!), and yet again pine. Palate: Quite oily and full of flavor. Solid maltbase with a good bitterness at the end. Truly one of the best DIPA’s i’ve ever had the pleasure to try. A work of art!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eyesolus (64) - Mill Creek, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
500ml bottle; amazing fruity aroma; first sip zinged and tingled the palate; smooth going down and warmth lingered in the back of the throat; excellent summer beer; succeeding taste was much smoother and lingered just like the first sip. Definitely a keeper. What a great beer for my first eval. (#1)

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