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RATINGS: 2725   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2009
On tap at SPTR. Here it goes, as an "hop hater" I dig this brew. What I like is the fantastic combination of strong, sweet malts and potent, fruity hops - not just bittering hops. Peach, grapefruit, pine, grass and more combine with the potent malt backbone creating an unforgettable experience. And, this is the single creamiest IPA I’ve ever had. Really this beer is something else that lives up to it’s names. Absurdly good IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5003) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2009
Aroma has pine, american hops, grapefruit. Hazy, orange coloured with a lasting head. The taste is quite bitter, has pine, citrus (grapefruit, some aprikot), some sugar. Good beer, well brewed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Fantastic beer and a rare treat to find on the east coast. Great drinkability and a powerful rush of hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2012 Re-rate 8/8/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Ido’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Clear deep golden. Lovely hoppy aroma full of tropical fruits and citrus. Good flavor of fruity hops with a lingering moderately bitter finish. Rounded mouthfeel. A very good IPA. 8/3/7/4/15=3.7

(10/28/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Clear golden color. Aroma full of piney hops, some resinous notes, citrus and tropical fruits noes. Strong bitter hoppy flavor with some pine, some citrus and some malt and caramel in the back. Medium-bodied with a rounded mouthfeel. A nice DIPA but not one the best if you ask me. 7/3/7/4/15=3.6

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stchloe (911) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2012 Holy buckets is this beer hoppy. The first sip knocks you down but afterwards is wonderful experience of drinking pureed hops. Nothing compares for IPAs.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 UPDATE. 500ml bottle, FRESH from south bay, bottled 10/8/09. Pours a gorgeous, golden peach color with a full, one-inch, soft, fluffy, pure white head and perfect lacing. aroma is simply amazing with huge, FRESH, fruity hop notes of pink grapefruit, peach, apricot, prickly pear, passion fruit, and lime zest with lovely spicy notes of douglas fir needles and gin botanicals with by sweet touches of rose petals, vanilla, and light caramel malts. flavor is nothing short of a perfect mirror image of the aroma with a fruity hop note cornucopia filled with pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, apricot, peach, pineapple, stonefruit, and key lime with one of a kind spicy, sharp, notes of fresh cut pine needles balanced by slightly sweet, doughy, caramel malts. palate is medium bodied and elegantly bitter with perfect carbonation and not a trace of alcohol. i had this rated a 4.9 but that’s simply to low for such a superb rendition of an imperial ipa. simply put, one of the best of the best.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5087) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Quite a strong grapefruit aroma. Orange-yellow color. This has a strong grapefruit flavor but without being fruity. A truly excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours a solid amber with full white head. Strong nose of fresh hops, citrus, and caramel malts. Flavor is possibly one of the most balanced IPAs I’ve had to date. Predominantly hop flavor but the malts add a full and sturdy flavor that really allow the piney hops to bring this beer to life. Great IPA all around

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2009
2008-12-19. Crisp golden-amber body with a good sized creamy white head. Strong hoppy aroma, grass, resin and straw. Flavour is exceptionally well balanced, modest resin throughout, bitterness is restrained, alcohol is barely noticed. Palate is on the light side of average but refreshingly so. Very good, eminently drinkable. I normally like more citrus in my IPA, but this was rather good. <i>Bottle c/o trade with acrdz, many thanks!</i>
"One can only hope that this nectar will never reach the hands of you ticking pillocks. I would hate to see bottles spoiled whilst traveling through the post, just so a bunch off tosspots can sip thimble’s full" - LyttonSprings on Pliny Sadly I forgot to drink mine out of a thimble...

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerthusiast (5) - , Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2009 does not count
Bottle from Total Beverage, pours out a light yellow with little head and a small amount of lacing, this is one of the most complex and amazing DIPA’s I have ever had, It didn’t hit me over the head with a ton of hops but it was very complex and balanced. I love this beer and if I could drink it everyday I would.


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