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RATINGS: 2440   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HellesBunny666 (146) - Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Super hoppy and intense herbal notes on the nose. So smooth and velvety, light caramel, juicy and spicy. Fresh herbal flavors, grassy, fresh and delicious, juicy. Gawd!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (861) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Aromas of citrusy, tropical, and piney hops, some honey. Clear golden orange with a fully lasting white head. Dry, bitter, hop-forward, but with a great nutty, honeyed malt backbone. Light-medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsandman (188) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Willy J, thanks for the coast to coast same day transport. First, off... not the first to the (pun)chline here I’m sure, but it’s more like "Piney the Elder" if you ask me. Pours super clear gold, small white head. Aroma is major pine, hop resin, grapefruit rind, sweet malt, caramel. Taste is a very sweet and delicious hop bomb. Super smooth, med body... Really beautifully executed / amazing balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaiho (70) - - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle kindly brought to the UK. Beautiful golden with a bit of a head. Incredible citrus aroma. Thankfully not sweet, instead a crisp dryness that sets it well apart from a lot of American IPAs. An ode to hops, and a beautiful one at that.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lizardking3 (42) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2014
I’m not sure it gets much better than This for an IPA. It just smells wonderful, I literally smelled this like 10 times before sipping. When I did sip, I was blow away. The hop characteristics are at an elite level, and the way it balances at the end with a malty sweetness is unparalleled. The reputation of this is warranted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (1966) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 18, 2014
510ml bottle thanks to one of the cousins from the barrio. - nose is citrus and already screaming malty back bone. Smooth for the ABV. Top 50? Really. Fairly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1031) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2014
I’m a rebel, a wild child, a misfit, an anarchist without any respect for the authorities. I mean, the other day I took TWO paper towels from the paper towel dispenser at work, even though a sticker on the dispenser clearly reads "One paper towel is enough". Oh yeah. This is how it is to be living on the edge. So, when I get a 15 month old Pliny the Elder, what do I do? Do I adhere to the orders given by the label: "Consume fresh or not at all"? Oh no, not me, not this crazy bastard. I open the bottle, and I pour a glass of crystal clear, medium amber liquid, with a large, off-white head that is pretty short-lived, but the thin layer that is left is fully lasting, and here be laces. The aroma is strong and is heavy hoppy and moderate malty. Lots of overripe tropical fruits, the mango and peach are in place, also orange and orange marmalade. And to back up the hoppiness there is a wall of caramel malt. The flavour is also strong, the overripe tropical fruit basket still have contributions from the mango, but also pineapple and melon. Lots of sweet caramel, and orange marmalade and orange peel freshen things up. The taste is moderate sweet and the long finish is heavy bitter with resinous notes. Smooth and oily on the palate, mid-bodied with a soft carbonation. A wonderful beer! If this one really is that much better fresh, it must be utterly amazing!
[51 cl bottle, courtesy of Cunningham a.k.a. The Kindest Man In This Part of the Galaxy, enjoyed 15 months after bottling]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bellco33 (245) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Poured from bottle into a tulip: Pours golden with a decent white head. Aroma is grapefruit, resin, and malt. Flavor is a bit malty, but is nicely balanced with the resinous hops, and a touch of citrus / grapefruit. Medium body, bitter on the back end, fairly dry finish. This is a really nice IPA but is overhyped in my opinion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dandeman (484) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
Des arômes parfaitement équilibrés de conifères, de fruits tropicaux, d’orange, de miel, de caramel, de fruit de la passion et d’ananas.Les accents de houblons sont herbacés, résineux et s’entremêlent de façon parfaite. Un profil aromatique complet et parfaitement représentatif du style. Le visuel est doré / ambré, clair, à la mousse généreuse, de bonne densité et au maintient très long. Les traces sont bien présentes et la dentelle bien définie. Le gustatif présente une explosion de fruits tropicaux en attaque. Les notes de mangue, d’orange, d’ananas et de fruit de la passion introduisent à merveille une longue finale de résineux aux accents de cèdre et de pin. On y perçoit également une touche de poivre. Une texture ronde et pleine, un équilibre parfait, ainsi qu’une effervescence douce et bien dosée, font de cette bière un des plus beaux exemples du style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Modularman (97) - - JUN 14, 2014
Smell of sweet tropical fruit, appearance is clear gold with fluffy white head, taste is nice juicy fruit with a malty smoothness that kills the hoppy bitterness.

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