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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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (7744) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2009
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear orange amber color with a small fine white head. The aroma upon opening the bottle was inviting: caramel and toffee melded with a bevy of fruits (citrus, grapefruit, pineapple,), pine and floral notes. The flavor balances nicely between the moderately sweet caramel maltiness and the bitterness of the hops; pine, floral, and resiny. I donít get much in the way of alcohol, probably because the aroma and flavor are too distracting. This is an excellent beer. Medium-full bodied and super easy to drink. I canít wait to try this on tap someday.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2009
[Bottle] brought back from S.D. and split with my dad. Pours a crystal clear orangey amber with a soapy, fluffy off white head. Aroma is packed with grapefruit and sweet caramel malt. Flavor reminds me of hopslam without the honey, which lends itself to a less sweet, more dry beer. There is some grassiness in there too. Ends with a nice lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timbeer (69) - Rosemount, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle shared with MatSciGuy. This one was fresh - bottled on 2/3/09. Pours a crystal clear amber tone with a one-finger head. Outspoken, fresh citrusy hop aroma. A big beer with a huge hop flavor some grapefruit, orange spritz with a dry bracing bitterness that hangs around a bit. Very good - well balanced and not too sweet which is one of the things that I donít like about some double IPAs

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2009
First off, this beer looks great. Clear orange, nice. It smells seriously hoppy and tastes very hoppy, bitter and piney but is not overdone. It is super hoppy without being tacky about it. It has a slight dryness to it but doesnít seem astringent. The label is entertaining and I have to agree with the sentiment... update 11/04/08 bottle date Smell is awesome, resin, pine, hop essence. Taste is every good as bit as I remembered from the last one I had a month or two ago. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-21-2008 03:15:53

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Draft @ Monkís: Poured an amber color with not much head. The aroma was grapefruit, pine and hops. The flavor was pine, lots of hops, grapefruit, and bitters. Overall, a well balanced, not overly spicy, smooth finish on the tongue DIPA. One of the best Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5011) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Wow. This is an incredible IIPA. Pours yellow gold with with noticeable particulates in the glass. Nose is citrus, lemon, tart orange, grapefruit, and some pine and floral hops. Starts like red grapefruit and finishes like a tart white grapefruit. Solid beer that seems to contain every type of hop available. World class...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
The head of itís class. I donít have much to add that hasnít been added already, but I am thankful to have traded for this. Beautiful beer and worth the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleyin (14) - Murrieta, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
500 ml bottle from La Bodega. Amber pour, grapefruit hoppiness with pine and yes, a little melon flavor.Mostly good balance of bitterness, could be a touch less sweet for my palate. Nearly white head. At $5 for 16 oz+ a little pricey but it is a well deserved legend. Would drink again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
skmikeg (1544) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015 Pour a nice looking amber color. hoppy aroma of grap fruit and pine and some fruits. hops hit you with flavors of grapfruit, and tropical fruits. this is a very aromatic beer. overall, this has one of the most unique flavors among the best ipa?s and and for sure deserves to be ranked among the best ipa?s in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Poured from a 500ml bottle (Bottled on 12/30/08) provided by snojerk321. Served in a tulip. Poured a mostly clear amber with a somewhat diminishing head of beige foam. A heavy coating of lace was left around the glass. The aroma was full of stong hop vapors of grapefruit, mango and peach. Super fragrant! The flavor included tropical fruits, grapefruit, and a very light residual sweetness. A mostly dry, crisp bitterness lingered on the tongue long after each sip. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and clean. Just a slight oiliness. Lightly carbonated. A nicely crafted DIPA. I would love a chance to try this fresh on tap at the source!

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