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RATINGS: 2659   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (11111) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2009
Fresh bottle from FlacoAlto. Blonde. What a strong aroma! Loads of pineapple, plastic and leather. Loads of hopbitterness in the flavor. Piney. Oily, but there is enough malt to compensate the hops. Satisfylingly balanced, therefore. Long firm oily hopbitter aftertaste with pineapple. Thanks Sebastian, for sending me this top class beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Golden in color with a large off white head with good lacing. The aroma is very hoppy with notes of caramel and citrus with a hint of spice. The flavor has a strong overtone of hops but isnít overwhelming with a citrus backbone and a hint of pine. The texture is syrupy. Id say its a first class double IPA...HOPS CITY!!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
From a 0.5L bottle purchased at Hi Times Cellars in Costa Mesa. Aroma is thick with hop oils, musky, like I stuck my head in a bag of Cascade or Centennial. Golden yellow with a fluffy off-white head. Flavor is again bursting with hops, orangey pine. Amazingly the malt still balances and t is not over the top. Clean and dry with some lingering bitterness that is quite refreshing. Just about the best Double IPA I have ever had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5183) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium bitter hops notes with some well crafted citrus notes also dominating. I thought the taste of malt was somewhat subtle and overshadowed by some citrusy and bitter hops. Full body with great carbonation. Although this is a very well crafted IIPA is still think it is lacking some of the grapefruit notes that can elevated the style to another level.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2009
On tap at SPTR. Here it goes, as an "hop hater" I dig this brew. What I like is the fantastic combination of strong, sweet malts and potent, fruity hops - not just bittering hops. Peach, grapefruit, pine, grass and more combine with the potent malt backbone creating an unforgettable experience. And, this is the single creamiest IPA Iíve ever had. Really this beer is something else that lives up to itís names. Absurdly good IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4826) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2009
Aroma has pine, american hops, grapefruit. Hazy, orange coloured with a lasting head. The taste is quite bitter, has pine, citrus (grapefruit, some aprikot), some sugar. Good beer, well brewed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Fantastic beer and a rare treat to find on the east coast. Great drinkability and a powerful rush of hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8423) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2012 Re-rate 8/8/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Idoís place. Thanks kerenmk. Clear deep golden. Lovely hoppy aroma full of tropical fruits and citrus. Good flavor of fruity hops with a lingering moderately bitter finish. Rounded mouthfeel. A very good IPA. 8/3/7/4/15=3.7

(10/28/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Clear golden color. Aroma full of piney hops, some resinous notes, citrus and tropical fruits noes. Strong bitter hoppy flavor with some pine, some citrus and some malt and caramel in the back. Medium-bodied with a rounded mouthfeel. A nice DIPA but not one the best if you ask me. 7/3/7/4/15=3.6

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stchloe (873) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2012 Holy buckets is this beer hoppy. The first sip knocks you down but afterwards is wonderful experience of drinking pureed hops. Nothing compares for IPAs.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 UPDATE. 500ml bottle, FRESH from south bay, bottled 10/8/09. Pours a gorgeous, golden peach color with a full, one-inch, soft, fluffy, pure white head and perfect lacing. aroma is simply amazing with huge, FRESH, fruity hop notes of pink grapefruit, peach, apricot, prickly pear, passion fruit, and lime zest with lovely spicy notes of douglas fir needles and gin botanicals with by sweet touches of rose petals, vanilla, and light caramel malts. flavor is nothing short of a perfect mirror image of the aroma with a fruity hop note cornucopia filled with pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, apricot, peach, pineapple, stonefruit, and key lime with one of a kind spicy, sharp, notes of fresh cut pine needles balanced by slightly sweet, doughy, caramel malts. palate is medium bodied and elegantly bitter with perfect carbonation and not a trace of alcohol. i had this rated a 4.9 but thatís simply to low for such a superb rendition of an imperial ipa. simply put, one of the best of the best.


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