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RATINGS: 2796   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle (1.23.09), nice sweet caramel aroma with pine and citrus hop notes. Very smooth and with piney hop taste that has a strong caramel malt compliment. I was expecting and hoping for the hops to be all up in your grill. They are subtle maybe because I had a beer before. Nevertheless you can taste the quality.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Awesome, beautiful, bloody good, cool, divine, delicious, excellent, funky, fantastic, Godzilla, gonzo, great, hoppalicoius, incredible, jammin, killer, knarly, lovely, luscious, magnificent, mezmerizing, noteworthy, outrageous, perfect, quaffable, radical, sweetness,supreme, trendsetter, unbelievable, venerable, world class, xxxxx, yowzaaa, Zao.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MegaMan2OO6 (21) - Los Gatos, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
(03.15.09) 500 mL bottle. Thanks CaryTheDude! Golden-orange pour with slight haze & a large, fluffy white head. Some lacing. The nose is sweet hops - grapefruit + floral deliciousness - with some malt backbone. Hop aroma is somewhat resinous as well. It’s a little lighter than it might be in the mouth, but still very tasty, hops & malt are both present though it leans hopward. A+ beer. RR have accomplished something here that belongs in the rare air with Hopslam & Dreadnaught.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
savatar (10) - USA - MAR 15, 2009
When this beer first came into our market I was skeptical of all the hype surrounding it. I guess I mostly distrust the opinions of others when it comes to IPAs. This beer lives up to the hype as well as surpases it. Upon opening the bottle I knew I was in for a treat. As the aroma blasted my nasal cavaty, my mouth began watering. The mouthfeel and flavor profile from the forest of hops in this beer are nothing short of spectacuar. This one is tough to beat, and a must try for anyone who considers themselve to be any kind of IPA snob. MUST TRY

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle thanks to the mashmaster! Aroma has notes of grapefruit, citrus and tropical fruits and sweet caramel malts. Hazy medium orange hue with a large off-white head that left great lace. Flavor is sweet and crisp with a nice bitter finish. Palate is medium bodied and oily soft. Very good and fruity aroma. So incredible well done. I wanted to hate this beer for it’s stupid ass label but my god is this beer beautiful. I don’t think a IIPA can actually get any better than this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
detroital (3) - USA - MAR 13, 2009 does not count
I’m very partial to IPAs and on a recent visit to Santa Rosa, I downed a couple pints. Amongst the world’s best.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2009
2009 Bottle - 1 month old - Pours a lt orange with a lasing off white head...aroma is amazing, pineapple, pine, grapefruit and caramel, melon...flavour is big and bold, mineraly, dry hop bitterness on the front end that meets a clean maltiness in the middle, and finishes beautifully...hoppy with enought malt to be balanced, but far from cloying...the driest DIPA I’ve had, and a welcome change form the malt-bomb hop-bomb formula...sweetness...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (6489) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle (50 cl), thanks larsniclas. Cloudy golden, medium white head. Hoppy aroma with notes of elderberries, sauvignion blanc wine, and black currants, on top of a slightly earthy malt base. Medium bodied and very smooth. Nice long bitter finish. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9543) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 First rating
50 cl bottle thanks to larsniclas
On March 7, 2009
BB or bottled 012309
Hazy golden color, white head. Cream, hoppy, pienapple, grape scent. Sweet, bitter, gooseberry, pienapple, grape taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.

Bottle thanks to Gusgus! Bottled on 04.17.12, sampled on August 11, 2012
Hoppy, citrus, malt, caramel, sweet scent. Cloudy golden color, lasting off-white head. Bitter, hoppy, mango, citrus, malty taste. Bitter aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Medium to spritzy mouthfeel, high bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PolishHammer (124) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Citrus, particularly grapefruit in the aroma, subtle pine, not sticky sap. Appearance is a cloudy, semi-translucent golden, with an off-white, tightly nit one-finger head that dicipates quickly. Good malty sweetness to balance the strong hops. Overall, a very well balanced, smooth drinking IPA. The hops aren’t too overpowering.

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