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RATINGS: 2461   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10907) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 Draft at the brewpub. Huge aroma of grapefruit - but so much it was nearly resin. Golden color with a beige head that looked almost whipped cream in texture. Tiny bubbles. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Grapefruit and a touch of resin for flavor. Pale malt sweetness in the background. The finish is not that dry, but the bitterness stays with the edges of the tongue. Clean and refreshing. 08/17/2014: Still good!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Taverner (1089) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 Had this stuff on tap at The Hopyard in San Ramon, CA. This stuff is amazing! Very piney - and very strong in flavor. But don’t let that scare you off - it’s very good. The hops hit you from the first sip and don’t let go for quite a while.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2007
On tap, PP Carlsbad 9/17/07. Second time I’ve had this glorious beverage, last time was at RR in jan 2007. Pours a deep golden amber color with nice white foam that leave great lacing. Flavor is a beat down of hops, but never completely over the top, just full of piney goodness. Just a fantastic beer, I dread the day when I can find this within driving distance for I fear I may slip into a Pliny induced hell that I may never escape.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2376) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2007
On Tap at the BP Clear unimpressive looking light yellow amber. Another very nice merengue looking head. What is it with rhis place. Nice citrusy aroma and huge flavor of grapefruity hops. Some sweet carmel malts come through but this is bigger and much better balanced than their other two medium weight hop bombs. Again more IBUs thn I would have guessed. That and the 8 ABV are sneaky. This DIPA is all that they say YUM

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Had this from bottle from a growler. I am glad that I was able to finally get my taste buds on this as I have had the younger long ago but just could not seem to get this one. This is one of those macically done IIPA’s that have complex blend of an exotic fruit salad. Tropical fruits like mangos blended with a mix of very ripe citrus. heaven.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3001) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2007
(Bottle thanks to Ughsmash) Pours beautiful hazy, glowing yellow-ish orange. Fat hop aroma with strong notes of pine, apricot, grapefruit, orange, tangerine and flowers. Tropical tones of pineapple, starfruit and mango. Undertones of sponge cake mixture, resin, green pepper honey, strawberries, white bread, oregano and some almond glue-ish hints. Very hoppy, very fruity and a nice, balanced malt sweetness in flavour along with a decent bitterness. Pine, orange peel and grapefruit comes through as the most notable hop tones flavour wise. Sponge cake and green pepper are other things from the aroma that are represented in the flavour. Salty, clean but smooth mouthfeel. Bitter finish with tropical fruits lingering. Medium full bodied. A fantastic and lively beer in the grey zone between IPA and IIPA. Love it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Draft: Pouts a clear golden color with a 1 finger white head. Aroma is pure citrus hops. Clean and inviting. Citrus and pine drive the taste in this beer. The alcohol at 8% is well hidden. Definitely a great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: November 30, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Nija’s
Appearance: clear yellow, thin white head
Aroma: sweet piney aroma
Overall: big balanced sweet malt and bitter hops, long bitter finish

Date: December 04, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: O’Brien’s
Score: 3.2 to 3.5
Appearance: clear gold, fine dirty white head, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: hot sweet caramel and pine aroma
Flavor: hot sweet crystal malt flavor, lots of sweet pine and tangerine, big bitterness adds balance but the hop flavor keeps in control

Date: August 19, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: south bay drugs
Score: 3.5 to 3.8
Appearance: cloudy orange, wispy off white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: huge explosion of sweet pine and caramel aroma, lots of citrus with tangerine and orange
Flavor: big sweet and fruity flavor, lots of citrus hops, nice balancing bitterness rises out of the malt to leave a long bitter finish, no trace of alcohol
Overall: the bottle is as good or maybe even better than draft

Date: October 19, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: south bay drugs
Score: 3.8 to 3.6
a lot drier and with more citrus and bitterness,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Poured a bright copper color with a thick white head, that left a beautiful lace on the side of the glass. The nose was a huge blast of grapefruit, orange, pine and grass. The flavor starts fruity-hop bomb of gratefruit, lemon and tangerine, all backed up by a huge malty base. There is a bit of caramel sweetness on the finish. The bitterness is ever-present, but not dominating. the feel was rich and full. This was a full-on orgams in my mouth. Every gulp was absolutely delicious. A wonderful example of an American Double IPA. One of the best beers I’ve ever had.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Growler shared with after4ever. Thanks! Pours a clear dark gold with a fluffy white head. Aroma of pine and pineapple. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Sweet taste of fruit and citrus, with a softly bitter finish.


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