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RATINGS: 2771   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
My Pliny the Elder poured a vibrant gold color into a Duvel tulip glass and I was suprised that when I completed the pour a great white head arose from the bottom of the glass and gave me a nice big piney, hoppy aroma that was so refreshing. The taste does not disappoint either. For a hop lover this beer is great. The bitter hoppy taste and citrus on the tongue and all through my mouth make this a very drinkable beer but at around 8% it is dangerous to put down and not have another. You can definitely taste the hops in your mouth long after the beer has gone down your throat as if you are sucking on a pine cone. I will be sure to savor this one over a night or 2 until the growler is all empty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brokephibroke (307) - Mead, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Cloudy gold/yellow pour with large creamy head. Wonderful nose. Floral, pine some citrusm but best of all it makes me salivate (seriously). Bitter, lingering fruity and drying.It is a chewy big beer The further into the glass, the more I appreciate the sweet balance of the malt, but it is the hops here that star.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (9232) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 "piney and floral, inticing to the nose, and the mouthfeel and flavor are not a letdown. Big, resiny, almost chewy. Great double IPA!!! overtaken ruination and hopsickle in my book. more consistantly great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle: Golden pour with a large, ceramy off-white head. Tons of sticky lacing. Sweet and fruity hops mixed with a little pine. Tastes smooth with fruityness and sweets into a lingering citrus hoppiness. Lightly piney. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2015 [January 3, 2014]
Pint from draft at the Falling Rock. Iíve had this a few times again around town and a nice fresh bottle while I was in San Diego. Itís a great double IPA. I feel like with all the hype it gets, all I can think of is how it measures up to others in the style. Itís not lacking in hop character and I find it to be amazingly drinkable for the style. Itís grassy with a nice herbal backbone. I like it a lot and will definitely come back for more. But there are several others that I prefer more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2009
Big pine needle hoppy aroma, very floral, fresh and big. Taste is very resiny but also lovely dry and refreshing. Caramel balances it out nicely. The alcohol and the overpowering sensation of it all makes me feel a bit woozy but this is a terrific beer, almost worth all the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4675) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2012 Sampled at Vintner Wine Market, thanks to gottalottaibu. Golden-amber with a small lasting disc of bubbles. Big aroma of grapefruit, resin and catspray. Flavor is big grapefruit and resin, with some nice backing caramel. Light medium body is slightly watery, tingly and lightly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle from joint trade with markwise. Pours a hazy caramel golden color with a one finger white head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, honey, floral hops, grapefruit, pine, malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of honey, caramel, grapefruit, floral hops, citrus, pine, and hints of ripe fruit. Generally medium body with a bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (8267) - 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.

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