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RATINGS: 2626   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2009 Finally, RR in CO! Pours sparkling clear, orange in color, and a head which is off-white, creamy, full, and fluffy; lace is drippy with some lasting ability. Nose is pleasant for the style with great pink grapefuit notes, light resin, light grass, and faint candied apricots with minimal warmth noticed. Flavor is bitter throughout with pink grapefruit peaking first but immediately followed by dry grasses, light pine resins, even a floral hint. Malt notes include dry toast and lightly candied apricots. Palate is medium, nearly lively, dry, and almost oily. Finishes very long and bitter with lots of dry grass and some notes of floral and dank. It was good and definately a hop bomb, but the dryness is a bit much and there are just not the complexities of some of my favorite examples of the style. Still, a nice beer with plenty of bitterness but I was a bit disappointment of the high ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2086) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 24, 2008
Two week old bottled sample via (and shared with) oakbluff. Gold in colour with moderate carbonation. Huge American hop aromas dominate the nose, with notes of sweet pink grapefuit, flowers, sweet grasses, and a bit of orange. Quite dry in the mouth, with clean pale malts, more grapefruit, and some slightly under-ripe apricot notes. Very refined bitterness, and very drinkable. A top class IIPA to say the least. HUGE thanks to oakbluff for sharing this gem with me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
500 ml bottle. Pours clear light orange with a big airy head and lively carbonation. Flavor and aroma is big citrus and pine. This is a hop monster, but not overbearing. Perfect balance and easy to drink. Oily mouthfeel and a long bitter lingerness. This is perfect representation of a IIPA. I must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Last glass of the keg at monk’s. Pour is orange, but almost pink. Nose is pine sap and bitter citrus.. The flavour is a very balanced hop bomb. The malt is there in your mind but you dont taste it. In stead is grapefruit and pine. The hop bitterness all hits in the back of the throat, no flavour of alcohol. In shock on this one, The flavour of hops is no where near astrigent, unlike the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle thanks to Hophead22, Thanks. Poured clear orange in color, with nice white fluffy head. Aroma is nice fresh hoppy scent along with citrus. Taste was very fresh smooth hoppy along with citrus. Finished smooth with a creamy feel. A well balanced IIPA. Would like to have this available more often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
RSRIZZO (1882) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2008
On draught at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs. Aroma is a bright fresh hop scent. Color is golden brown with light carbonation and a thick tight head. Taste is grapefruit. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a creamy feel. Finish comes in with a bold citric hop flavor then some mild malt and an even bitterness. After taste is more bitterness and lingering grapefruit. Its well balanced but the grapefruit taste is too strong for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Fresh fruity citrus hop nose, floral fresh hop juice flavor, perfectly balanced without even coming close to being over bittered. Alcohol disguised with care. Delicate hop flower flavor, so good. I can;t express this to you enough, this ale is of a very high quality, so clean and light, yet so robust and distinct. I had no idea that I was buying such an incredible ale when I was at the shop, I’m new to the area and this came as an absolute shock to me, I was told that I actually scored a bottle from the first batch ever to be bottled, HISTORY! Proud to be a part of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2008
<b>Bottle:</b> Courtesy of bvc...thanks Brandon. Pours a light copper-orange with a two-finger white head and excellent lacing/retention. The nose hints at massive amounts of citrus, specifically grapefruit, apricots and peach with some oh-so-subtle grassy and resin notes. Decent so far...immediately upon tasting this I was a bit let down, I was expecting a hop-bomb and got something much less. The hoppiness is present but not in the blow-my-mind sense and frankly I was a bit disappointed especially considering all the hype around this. It is very clean and dry with a very good hop profile but I would not put this in Hopslam or Dreadnaught’s league when fresh...and I’ve got to assume I received a fresh bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
This is a powerful, but flavourful, full-bodied double IPA that deseves its high repuation for the style. It has plenty of bitterness and hop power, but keys to it are the strong, rich malty-alcoholic backbone, complex range of full flavours, and overall relative balance. It is amber with hints of copper, big, creamy, off-white head lasting and slowly shrinking, great rings of even lace. Tha aroma is mostly muscat grapes with pine, grapefruit, pineapple, honey, overall very fruity and flowery take on IPA. The taste is predominantly sweet wine, honey, with a lot of pine, grapefruit, hints of bread and grain, especially in the finish, it has firm sweetness under the dominant bitterness, being mostly sweet wine and hops. The bitterness is soemwhat drying but not overly so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raphael (973) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Had it at festivals and now in bottlke! Full flora aroma, nose tickliing-- I cannot pull the parts apart, a little honey getting through. Frothy white head with a golden glow. While the hops are strong, the sweetness pokes through, almost watermelon, then lemon, then comes a bitter rasp that doesnt linger. Smooth, oily, lightness on the palate.

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