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RATINGS: 2768   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of pine, hops, and grass. Taste is dominated by the hops but not in an overly overt sort of way. nice and not overly carbonated. smooth. a great offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (4038) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
On tap at Russian River. Wow, I’d like to have this every day. Golden-amber color with an off-white head. Piney, delicious hops with sweet malt on the aroma. Excellent hop flavor - piney, citrusy, and a little floral - with sweet caramel malt providing that perfect balance. Smooth mouthfeel with hop oiliness. Heavenly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
natejgood (465) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - FEB 3, 2009
This is a very solid offering for a double IPA. It is very hoppy, but not so overhopped that you can’t taste anything else after drinking it. It is pretty easy to drink and has an enjoyable aroma, flavor and aftertaste. There is definitely some pine and citrus mixed in with the flavor as well. A great offering if you have a while to enjoy a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehurt01 (262) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle. The beer poured a slighty cloudy dark gold with a foam small head. The smell is a blast of pine and grapefruit. The taste is like the smell with a crisp finish and not too bitter. Good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2009
Draft @ Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol, CA. Pours an amber/orange color with a small off-white head. Has a malty grassy hoppy pine needles aroma with hints of grapefruit. Sweetish slightly malty bitter hoppy grassy piney flavor with some hints of grapefruit. Has a long bitter hoppy piney finish with a long bitter aftertaste. Very nice!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
In short: An archetypical IPA that brings together all that is good about American IIPA. One of the best American hop fix. Second only to Masala Mama (imho).
How: Bottles. Many times from many people (Hophead84, Kegbear, more…). Thanks a millon to you all and keep these coming!!! Always consumed fresh immediately upon reception.
The look: Glowing dark orange body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose brings oranges, foresty notes, citrus notes, grapefruits notes, resinous elements. Basically this beer smells like a resume of the all-in-one American (I)IPA. At first I was surprised at how soft the body and carbonation were with its soft airy bubbles and soft velvety body but the more I drank it the more fitting I thought it was. All the fruity elements of the nose are present in the taste but the foresty character takes over in the finish with a tasty pine-tree bitterness. Nice fruity caramel. The beer has a pleasant dryness with a little dry orange peels and sawdust sensation. A very tasty brew but unlike many top-rated IIPA this one focuses on high drinkability more than intensity. No alcohol apparent, drinks like a like 5% IPA. Definitely in my Top-5 IPA/IIPA. Ok now for the first time in my life I have respect for the Elder.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2009
bottle...hazy yellow pour,decent head good lacing.aroma of citrus and grapefruit.citrus hops upfront to a piney resinous bitterness.medium bodied ,very smooth for the hop profile

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Floral lemon candy nose. Rich amber with a frothy medium head. Resiny sweet with multiple layers of hop bitterness, extraordinary balance and depth. Massive effervescence, fruity piney and finishes smooth and long. Extremely well put together beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 500 ml bottle obtained by trade with toncatcher. The pour was amber and clear with substantial floaties in glass #2. Slick white head trailing minor lacing. Aroma is killer - honey malt with a sharp blast of grapefruit and pine hops. Citrus hops are very upfront and tingly on the ton, followed by resinous pine and finally settling into the sweet malt. More balanced than many IIPAs, and dangerously drinkable despite the ABV. Mouthfeel was sticky and slick with lower carbonation than described in other reviews. Would love to try this one a little fresher to see if there’s a substantial difference in the hop profile. (Bottled 9/4/08)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Big thanks to drgonzo (of BA fame) for obtaining and sharing a fresh growler of this fine treat with me. Light copper body with a heavy orange tint. Frothy white head that diminishes leaving a steady trail of lacing behind. Slow carbonation, we felt this was due to the growler being a few days old but nonetheless it didn’t seem to affect any of the important attributes. Powerful grapefruit nose joined by lemon and evergreen aromas. Nuts and bread scents could be had as well, this smells awesome. Hearty, filling brew that is exceptionally creamy and remarkably drinkable. The ability to drink this with ease may be it’s best quality. Big bitter aftertaste with a resinous feeling. Fresh citrus fruit flavors followed by pine and doughy malt. A hint of caramel and a solid nutty taste help add plenty of substance to the flavor.

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