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RATINGS: 2451   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 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oscbert (1013) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
~Pours a light copper color with lasting white head. Good lacing. ~Good sweet grapefruity hop scent. ~Sweet malty and citrusyhoppy taste. ~Sticky creamy feel. Bitter finish. ~A nice Double IPA. Easy to drink and a nice bitter bite!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2008
Tasted @ the Toronado.in SF.
Very nice brew! Citric, hoppy aroma. Strong hoppy flavor, nice smooth hopbitterness. Great.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 22oz bottle. Pours clear gold, strangely lighter than the Blind Pig. Big huge citrus notes in the nose with a lovely floral underpining. Flavor is very hoppy, not really my thing but a remarkable beer because I actually enjoyed drinking a imperial IPA. Very refreshing with perfect malt/hop/carbonation balance. Slightly caramely and with some vanilla bean notes to take some of the bite off the really piney citrus hops that dominate the first 2/3rds of the beer. Very well done. Rerate 3/5/09. Better than I remembered. Complex and lovely. The best of a style I don’t particularly care for.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GMCC2181 (1500) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 10, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 Bottle shared by sloth on Aug 1st at SL. Thanks bert for sharing! Aroma was grassy... Gold in color. Taste was grassy and piney as well. Smooth and delicious, it will definitley satisfy a hop heads thirst! Texture was medium with an average carbonation. Overall a good DIPA. Thanks again bert for sharing some awesome brews!*****Another bottle shared by wolf...super smooth.Almost to easy to drink. Still has a hop bite but well balanced****On tap at capones. Drank side by side with the younger I like the elder better....*****Last update**** Bottle given to me as a gift by wolf. Thanks bro. Awesome piney/citrus aroma. Taste is also piney and citrus. Super smooth... Really easy to drink. Great beer. Definetly one the best DIPA out there.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
500ml bottle fresh from cloudskipper. Poured deep gold in color with a thick white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Tastes is of large amounts of sticky piney and citrus hops, light caramel malts, and mild spices. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2008
500 mL from agentsteve, very first bottling, schweet. aroma is huge citrus hops with a little pine. mouthful is surprisingly not all hop but a a nice citrus almost water... very easy drinking and yummy.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Orion1800 (51) - Piedmont, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Great beer, extremely well balanced with great bittering and flavoring hops. I always enjoy this one

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2010 2010 - Rerated - bottle that Greg brought over...Much better the second time. Maybe it was an old keg at Henry’s? Nice floral aroma with a hint of citrus. Went very well with fajitas. 2008 - On tap at Henry’s - I was pretty excited to try this one, but I must admit that I was a bit disappointed. It didn’t have the hops flavor I would expect from an Imperial IPA (especially one rated this high). It’s a bit like a decent karaoke singer on a cruise ship.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle from trade with golubj. Thanks Jon! Pours a nice orangish amber color with big fluffy white head. Heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, pine, hops, citrus, hops, spices and hops. Did I mention hops? In true west coast fashion, this is a hop bomb and half. However, it is still easily drinkable and a hint of malt can still be detected. has amooth semi bitter finish. As far as DIPAs go I think it is a very good version and deserves the praise even if it really isn’t my preferred style of beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrDogbeer (6) - weymouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2008 does not count
Huge thanks to swnicholson for this baby! What a day!- Blind pig and supplication in the afternoon, great dinner, then Pliny before bed! Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Nice bright orange color with a sticky white head that lasts and produces tons of sticky lace. Smell is intoxicating. Tons of citrus hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit and orange. One of the best aromas in a dipa I have smelled. Lately it seems most of the dipa’s have been hop heavy but really malty as well. Not this one. Great balance, but the hops are the heroes! Wonderful, zesty hop flavor throughout the mouth! Nice and full flavored as well- I just want to swich it throughout my mouth- does not kill the taste buds, just the right amount of hop bite with a sweet, sweet finish. Maybe a bit of damp hop taste as well (funky?) This may be the best beer I have ever had. I am going to have another tonite to make sure, and I am really looking forward to it!!


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