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RATINGS: 2509   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Dark golden color with a bright white head that laces the glass. Aromas of sweet piney hops with orange peel and coriander. Flavors of hops, orange peel, and again a healthy dose of pine. Finish is smooth and luxurious, with a richness that perfectly complements the hops. I am glad to say this lived up to my high expectations.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2008
At City Beer, San Francisco, July 08. The aroma on this thing is huge: fruit, citrus like orange, grapefruit, grass, wood and floral aromas. This beer will knock your socks off. Flavour is as balanced as IIPAs get; citrus in the hops, peach and apricot, great body nice carbonation, full head to hold in all those aromas. On my next trip to San Francisco, I will make a b-line for Toronado hoping for this brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coldbrewky (1428) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2008
.5 L bottle via Stefanje. Pours a hazyish amber orange with a oily rocky head that hangs about a bit. Nose bursts with floral hops with a zingy snap that would make Sammy Davis Jr. sit up in his coffin and say "Hey man, that is some zesty stuff!" Mouthfeel is of tangy hops and a good amount of maltiness that is overshadowed by the sheer volume of fresh hops inth this puppy. Finish followed thru with the same hop intensity. Wow. This beer would have been lost on Dean Martin though

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 500ml bottle. Thanks to kegbear for hooking me up with this brew. Pours orangish amber with creamy white head. Aroma is huge with floral hops, pine resin, caramel malts and citrus. Flavor is bursting with pine resin and citrus. Big hops punch with balance of caramel malt and some spices. Outstanding IIPA that has great balance even with all the hops. Would love to try next to Dreadnaught to see which one is better. had right after HOTD Blue Dot and Pliney crushed that one.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thejiggy (1) - , California, USA - AUG 31, 2008 does not count
Perfect balance between malt flavor and hop bitterness. Aroma is just like smelling fresh hops - citrus, pine and some floral notes. Appearance is golden-copper with a foamy white head and medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle via Dunk, huge thanks! I couldn’t wait any long, this one has been staring me down for a week now! Pours golden copper color with a medium beige colored head. Aroma is citrus, pine, and light caramel. Flavor is huge blast of grapefruit and pine, then some caramel backbone, then more grapefruit. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished ultra bitter and slightly dry. Word!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerFanDan17 (1001) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Sampled at 2008 Oregon Brewer’s Festival. Easily one of the THE best double IPA’s out there. Spicy and smooth--hoppy and sweet. A perfect balance and a true treat!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4053) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Thanks turd for acquiring these. Poured a copper amber with a slight haze. The head was about a finger thick creamy and white. Looks very unassuming. Has a huge nose, lots of citrus, apricot, grapefruit rind, oranges, very pungent floral hop nose. The flavor was also quite citrusy, tended more towards a grapefruit rind bitterness than the resinous hop character exhibited by the nose. Still very citrusy and hoppy, a tad sweet, nice malt character. The mouthfeel was mildly bitter with a subtle malt sweetness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Oh baby, its an IPA, but so much more. Pours creamy amber golden color, hazy but not super opaque. Gorgeous aromas of orange peel, lite malt, almost tropical. Rich on the palate but not heavy. Layers.Pretty much the perfect double IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a half finger beige head. Nose is ripe grapefruit, floral hops and light caramel malts. Taste is orange, pink grapefruit, malt and a nice resin finish. Medium mouth feel. This is definitely a balanced IIPA. Good stuff. I think I built it up in my head to be better than what it is, but it’s certainly up there with the great ones


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