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RATINGS: 2723   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2008
500ml bottle. yellow golden color, with a white head, nice floral hop nose of resinous pineniddle, coniferous, cedary accent, with some lime citrusy esters, and a hint of toastiness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet toasted malt, juicy piney, resinous character, with a good flowery hop leafy, coniferous, cedary flavor, with a mild minty accent, with some lemon citrusy fruitiness, leading towards a warming sweet malty, fruity, grapefruit, peachy, hop resiny bitterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2008
500ml, bottled 9/22/08. Piney, citric hop nose, fresh, strong and leafy, with lighter notes of honey, bubblegum and faint vanilla. Mostly clear medium golden color, head is very fine and slight. Flavor is massively hoppy and bitter thoughout, resinous pine, citrus fruit (particularly lemon) and peppery spice abound, with lighter aspects of pale, grainy, honeyish malt, but managing to remain dry beginning to end. Finish seems to go on forever, with coating hop resins supplying ample bitterness and flavor well after quaffing. Oily, rather thin mouthfeel, not much effervescence to speak of, body is certainly full enough. This is seemingly lacking a bit in depth and construction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2008
O’Brien’s in San Diego. Pours a warm golden color from the tap with a firm white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Perhaps the best IPA I’ve ever had. Balanced flavors of bitter hops, cream, pine needles, and citrus. Worth the wait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Thanks to ucusty for this splendid brew! Pours a bright hazy pumpkin orange amber, very nice effervescent white head, leaves a bit of dirty looking lacing. Smells great - powerful pine, citrus, and hops. Taste is sweet up front with bitter citrusy hops, lupulin, and good malt undertones. The mouthfeel is very nice, coats the mouth, is on the very lowest end of thick, warms as it goes down. Overall - this is a great IPA that doesn’t quite seem to be thick or strong enough to qualify as a IIPA or imperial. It reminds me of a less thick and alcoholic Dreadnaught. I’d drink this stuff every day if I could!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Wow. A beer that actually lives up to the hype. The smell is perfect, like a pine forest. It’s a golden color with a small, sticky, white head. Taste is piney and straight grapefruit. Ultra hoppy, without being bitter in the slightest. Just a perfect-made hop bomb. A little light on the palate, but still superb.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 On draft, in Philly, Monk’s Corner. This beer is phenomenal! And I thought you could get anything in NYC, wrong—I wish California had better distribution. I’ll use one word: GRAPEFRUIT! I’ve got to hunt this one down...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Bottle... Poured orange with a thin, bubbly, white head. Nothing but floral hops on the nose that were intense and vibrant. Dry palate, but the higher alcohol kept it lively feeling on the tongue. Citrus fruit flavors mixed with overpowering hops. This beer is a must have for any IPA and IIPA fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpjuart (1093) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 Many thanks to BlackForestCO for the hook up. Pours orange with light yellow hues, great effervescence and a small, rimming white head. Big citrusy, resiny, hop nose, bubblegum, lemon, grapefruit. Tate of light caramel background with lots of hop flavor and bitterness, citrus, lemon, grapefruit and resin. Dry finish and mouth feel is slightly lacking. Absolutely freakin’ amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2008
From bottle courtesy of dpjuart. Super hops aroma. Fresh and juicy and fruity. Apricot and grapefruit and pine. Outstanding aroma. Amber gold body with haze and a thin white lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body, not quite chewy, with medium carbonation. Awesome flavor with pine and grapefruit. Sweet pilsner malt, turbinado sugar and caramel. Finishes really bitter with juicy hops and mild sweet acidity. Dry after bitterness and watery hoppy notes. Nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2008
Great honey hop aroma. Decidedly unbalanced hop. Punched me in the face. Lightly syruppy. Just didn’t think this lived up to the hype. Not well balanced.

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