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RATINGS: 2806   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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (6689) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2009
Bottled Hazy golden with a medium, white head. Loads of grassy hoppiness in the aroma. High bitterness. Fresh and sursprisingly light. Elder-berries and notes of tea.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2009
Pours a hazy orange with medium white head. Aroma of hops, mostly citrus, hints of fruit. Taste is similar with extra hints of spices and pine. Bitterness is up front, but finishes in a very pleasant manner. just a wonderful all around IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaulusHumulus (47) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2009
Man, I gotta tell you, I fell in love with this straight away. Pours golden tinged with orange and hazy. Pretty thin, lacing, white head. A wonderful aroma of tropical fruit mix, mango, peach, loads of pineapple, and a nice, intense presence of bitter hops. Astonishingly rounded, fruity, crispy, hoppy taste hit your palate hard. Aftertaste of bitter, spicy, peachy hops is just amazing, it lasts and lasts for ages. All this is supported with a perfectly balanced malt base and soft carbonation. I really had some hard time finishing this, since I knew that it would end. More of this and a lot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1452) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 1, 2009
Bright golden-orange beer with lacy, off-white head. Big nose loaded with citrus and tropical fruit, wet greenery. Quick, juicy, sticky sweetness consumed by high, sticky, long-lasting bitterness. Fantastic aroma but not exactly drinkable nor refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle. Average, though not bad, on the appearance. Light straw yellow pour with a small-ish head that laces the heck out of the glass. Nose is a slightly muted mix of bitter, stiky citrus and tropical fruit over top of an earthy fruity sweetness. Flavor starts with a hefty slap of bitterness, though not as aggressive as one might expect. Hop profile shines through immediately- dominant sharp, crisp citrus with loads of grapefruit and lemons. Dank, earthy resinous notes blend in as well. Some light sugar cookie malt sweetness balances nicely with the fruit notes on the back end. Palate lacks some of the dry crispness one might have hoped for, with some lingering semi-oily sweetness, though not enough to detract. Overall very good DIPA- maybe not the best around, but certainly one of the better examples.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2009 Unbelievable. Incredibly drinkable without the candy sweetness that so many doubles have (admittedly usually east coast ipas). Flawless for the style, I wish I could drink a growler of it every day. RE-RATE: Had on tap instead of a bottle. My god, this is ridiculous. Maybe even UNDERrated.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle from Alex, thanks a ton! Pours clear gold with serious lacing and a nice tight head. Aroma is hugely citrusy and piney, with fresh pineapple, grapefruit, and sweet tangerine. The flavor here is actually substantially more subdued than the aroma, but no less special. Some nice upfront lemonade flavors, fragrant soap, and mild honey. Middle flavors bring on more hop characteristics, perhaps even of floral varietals. Finish lingers teasingly, with tart/acidic notes, full of grapefruit, still well balanced. Palate is light on the tongue, just dancing around with flavor. Finish is appropriately dry. This review is starting to sound like the product of free association, so I’d better cut it short. Just a beautiful beer, you really get the sense you are drinking something special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sundevil27 (47) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Ordered a bottle of this at a restaurant out in SF. Really nice aroma with and a very smooth taste for what I was expecting to be a super hoppy taste. Overall very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fallingleaves (32) - Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2009
On Tap at the Catalyst, beautiful copper-orange color, with a persistent carbonation. Mixture of both citrus and pine upon first hit of lips, taste moves back and forth between citrus and hops as the beer lingers on your taste buds. One of my favourites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
italianjohn (2890) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2011 Golden amber pour off white creamy soapy head .... Perfect piney citrusy hop aroma .... taste is of piney and citrusy hops just the right amount of sweetness and a load of citrusy hops grapefruity and piney .... very smooth and highly drinkable such a dangerous and great brew ... there is not one bad thing about this brew if this is on the menu order it!

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