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RATINGS: 2703   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Pours a less-than-appetizing straw-colored yellow with a quickly receding head. Smells delicious, like straight-up hop flowers. Could use a tiny bit more carbonation, but otherwise, I have nothing but praise for this beer. I would drink this every day if I could.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2008
bottle. purchased from South Bay Drugs... pours a dark golden w/ 1/4" white head which lasts throughout at a bit smaller size. wonderful aroma of piney hops. big full body which is incredibly soft over the tongue. really fresh hops dominate the beer with some other citrus fruit notes coming through as well. full of pine / grass notes. resiny feel on the back of the palate and a long bitter finish that lasts all night. incredible IIPA... lives up to the hype and deserves it all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013 On draft at my local pub (RR): Pliny pours deep golden with slight white head that leaves lacing. Aroma is bitter grapefruit rind, hop resin and a slight mineral note. Flavor is built on ripe citrus fruit and a rind bite over a touch of honey. Pliny is medium-lean in body, with a plush palate. It pulls off huge IBU’s along with (sometimes) lush apricot and touch of pineapple with slight astringent crispness in finish. Very integrated hop bitterness and flavor without caramel in malt backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Aroma is very fruity, grainy, hoppy. Sweet malt scent comes out as well, with little bits of hay. It pours with a very clear amber hue under a frothy white head, that stays for quite some time, but then diminishes into nothingness. The flavor is initially sweet and then goes into a medium-heavy bitter finish. Medium mouth feel with light carbonation. Great lacing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Finally I got to drink this...and it was worth the wait. WOW. Gold pour, nice white head. Nose is just pure hop heaven. Citrus hops, like a ripe pink grapefruit hits your nose and some nice pine aromas are there too. Flavor is just so damn juicy and good. Citrus hops bite you, mellow malt caresses you. This is one fine beer. MORE PLEASE!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Gold in color pouring resinous with low carbonation and a small head. Quite dank and resinous in aroma with peach, apricot, orange, passion fruit and a little green onion. Lighter in body than expected. Bright, clean hop flavor mostly of tropical fruit. Moderate bitterness. Good stuff and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2008
On tap at the Rock. Translucent gold pour....fluffy white head. Big hop nose, evergreen, citrusy. Flavor is top notch. Uber-hoppy flavors, pine, sticky lingering sweetness too. One of my favorites. I would’ve swore I rated this before. I’m drinking more of this tonight!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 I tried this on draft at Falling Rock. It was the first beer I tried. I like it even less now.

Bottled on 090208. Yellow to light orange. Soft soap bubble white head. The aroma is and flavor are full of pine and citrusy goodness, but to be honest, I feel Blind Pig really have a better aroma and more hop flavor. This was very easy to drink and pretty enjoyable, but I’d never think of it as Imperial or Double. I guess that is a good thing. If I were to compare this to Dreadnaught, it would lose badly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Sampler at the RR Brewpub (Santa Rosa, CA). I drank the sampler from the other people I was with too! I anxiously await the arrival of the bottles I bought. A golden amber with a decent head. Some pine and citrus notes on the nose. Bitter tart bite, big chunks of grapefruit with pine in the body. Equally assertive maltiness that attempts to balance this bad boy. Finishes smooth with same great bitterness. Wonderful. These are the beers that truly make it worth being a beerian. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Draught at Bella Vista Opening, Phila.: Wow-- this pushed me over the edge. A tremendously tasty, hazed over beer that just fills up your mouth and completely takes over. After two little tasters of it, I made the mistake of going for a whole pint as the party was breaking up. Definitely a powerful but oddly drinkable brew.

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