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RATINGS: 2807   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2009
Bottled. Thanks to larsniclas. Light hazy dark amber clour with solid white head. Aroma is heavy from the hops, there is plenty of grapefruit and oranges along with bit of pine. Flavour is loaded with hoppy grape-juice and its very clean overall. There is vanilla ice-cream, pink grapes, gooseberries and oranges. The hop bitterness, that is said to be monstrously high, is sensed early and last all the way from sippin till long after. The malt sweetness is there, yet due to the well attenuation and a low starting gravity, this is a pretty dry beer and very balanced at that. Solid 2IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (333) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2009
Bottled@home I owe some big thanks to fellow beeradvocate kplynch for hooking me up with this beauty! Apperance: Hazy orange with a nice white foam and lots of lacing. Aroma: Exotic fruit, Caramel, Pine and plenty of hops. Lovely! Flavor: Caramel, Exotic fruits, Citric notes (grapefruit overdose!), and yet again pine. Palate: Quite oily and full of flavor. Solid maltbase with a good bitterness at the end. Truly one of the best DIPA’s i’ve ever had the pleasure to try. A work of art!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eyesolus (64) - Mill Creek, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
500ml bottle; amazing fruity aroma; first sip zinged and tingled the palate; smooth going down and warmth lingered in the back of the throat; excellent summer beer; succeeding taste was much smoother and lingered just like the first sip. Definitely a keeper. What a great beer for my first eval. (#1)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 On tap at Naked City. Pours hazy amber with a decent off-white head. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine. Tastes much the same. Pretty well balanced, but the malty tastes don’t ever really break through like they do in some IIPAs. Nice full mouthfeel and hop finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drjay44 (3410) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
500 ml. bottle. Pours an initially thick head, which diminished into a thinish layer with some areas reminiscent of sea foam, some lacing, over a slightly cloudy golden body with a bit of sediment.....nose is a pine forest with attendant citrus groves, pine, resin grapefruit, lemon.....tastes initially of sweetish malts the hop build occurs with resiny citrus tones, ending with solid short lived bitter finish with grapefruit dominating...mouthfeel is lighter than anticipated...the high ratings on this are most certainly based on the incredible balance and its relative lightness in spite of the amount of ingredient.

   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 (310) - 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 18/20
slowrunner77 (10146) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2016 "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 (3444) - 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.

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