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RATINGS: 2438   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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle shared by cdumler at the 2008 Richmond Summer Gathering in Williamsburg. Thanks Chris! Yellow amber pour with a medium head. HUGE hop aroma with earthy, citrus and herbal notes. If this isn’t a perfect aroma, what is? Earthy, vegetal and citrusy taste which is very nice, though it doesn’t hold up to the amazing aroma. Full bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (3831) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Copper colored some haziness with a good white lacy head. Less intense bitterness than I expected. More spicey in the hop aroma, good fruits aromas as well as caramel. Bitterness at finish. Good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at OBrians. Pours almost clear and golden orange with a creamy and lacing white head. Dense fruity hops and smooth caramel malt showing through. Extremely smooth mix of caramel and dense hoppy oily flavours, yet in no way overempowering. Smooth peachy and light fruity hops finish with a little persisting caramel malt presence.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2008
500ml. Bottled on 071008. Jesus... this stuff smells like the nectar of the gods. Rarely, have I encountered an IIPA with a nose as complex as this. It’s earthy, fruity, funky, dank. Wow. Dripping with pine and citrus oils. Plenty of freshly harvested cannabis. Fresh cut wood (pine and oak with a touch of cedar)? Wet grass. Candied oranges. Apricots and mangoes. Behind the woodsiness and sweetness a delicate floral aroma gently emerges... Seriously could smell this and be happy. Thick, oily dark orange pour with a sustained white, frothy head. Palate screams with balanced excessiveness. Oily, juicy and resinous hops. Tropical fruits... mango and pineapple. Slightly woody... chewing on wet oak. Definitely a thick, but not overbearing sweet malt base. Slightly spicy. Shit this is good. Thick and mouth coating body never becomes oily or cloying. Stays surprisingly crisp throughout. Wet grass and pine resin on the finish last forever... A wonderful and top notch example of the style. Dripping and oozing with oily and resinous hops throughout but still manages to show a wonderful balance. Thanks a ton Brian!

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2008
500ml bottle, bottle date 071008. Thanks to cdumelr at Richmond Summer Gathering @ Williamsburg. Pours clear golden in color with white head. Aroma is amazing of sweet floral and citrus hops. The amazing aroma does not match the taste. Taste of grapefruit hops with bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (2603) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2008
At Oregon Brewers Festival 2008 Pours out a copper topped with a tall cream head. Aroma of sweet floral and citrus hops. All most has my mouth watering just thinking about the aroma. Tast was great fresh hops and nice bitterness. A nice sweet blend. Top dawg at the Oregon Brewers Fest.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle courtesy of AgentSteve. Much thanks!
Pours a light amber in color with a huge, ginormous 4 inch head. I could smell the deluge of hops as soon as I popped the cap and began to pour. Smell is amazing. Very citrusy, juicy, bittering hops. Taste is much the same, but comes across much more balanced than the smell would lead you to believe. Good mouthfeel and very nice lacing on the glass. Glad I finally got the chance to try this behemoth. It definitely deserves it’s spot up there with HopSlam, Dreadnaught and Hop 15. My dream would be a blind tasting with all these on draft!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2008
First of all pat my self on the back and big thanks to Casey for getting me two of these in a trade. I did a blind tasting with middle ages 10 (rated at 92%) just to see if i could pick the better beer. The winner was the elder although appearance wise middle ages looked like the superior brew. Pliny won me over with the aroma sweet pine, that definitely changed my mind. Flavor is superior much like the aroma, sweet hops pine citrus and grapefruit all in the flavor profile. Very clean finish not overly bitter like some dipas. Worthy of the hype. I put this as my favorite dipa with hopslam and dreadnaught.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle from Monument Liq in Concord, CA. I heard that Pliny the Elder was hoppy, but it’s not the hoppiest I’ve had. I’d think Moylans Hopsickle is hoppier. In any case, Pliny has a much more controlled palate than the latter. How they do it is anyone’s guess, but there’s not much maltiness to cover. At 8%, RR does a great job with a sharp DIPA. Very, very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Thanks to Bman113VR for the bottle! Bottled 7/10/08 Gold pour almost transparent. Citrus and grapefruit on the nose. Clean crisp mouth-feel, malty backbone and a nice hoppy finish. Seriously does Russian River make any bad beer?


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