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RATINGS: 2690   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   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 uncleís 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2198) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2010 Bottle. Bottled 8/25/08, sampled fresh on 9/6/08.

Everything they say is true.

Light gold with a beautiful white head and tons of lacing. This is the IIPA to beat all IIPAs, hands down. Beautiful perfumy nose with some peach and hay, leafy and floral and glorious. This is a rare 10 for aroma. Lovely flavor, totally avoiding the too-much-caramel-malt trap, never sticky or sweet, minimally astringent, just hop-juicy. I love it. The palate is a little hot as the beer warms for its 8%, but thatís a minor quibble. Fantastic.

2-month-old bottle: I should have read the label before buying four at the local QFC. Itís already losing it. This one is just a good IPA now. Maybe 4.0, but certainly not 4.4.

Tap: 7/10/09 at Naked City. Iíve heard that this loses something on tap compared to fresh in the bottle. Maybe it does, but it still easily made its way into the mid-fours. The aroma is there, the flavor is there, it drinks like 6%. Splendid.

Tap8/09 at Fiddlerís. What beer is not Plinyís bitch? Tonight, head to head against the very worthy Port Wipeout (quite similar, more apricot in Wipeout, more herbalness in Pliny), Pliny came through as cleaner and better. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DialSquare (3581) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2013 been looking for this for a while (not so easy as an east coaster). 500ml - bottled on 8/25/08 - from bottleworks in seattle. grass, citrus, floral and pine aroma. perfect texture and balance is my first thought. tastes of dry citrus, floral hops, light caramel and malty sweetness to balance it all. did I mention itís well balanced? great stuff. going to buy more tomorrow. perfect example of my favorite style of beer. K-8.5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 500mL bottle, purchased locally...whoo Hoo to that! 081308 bottling. Itís a really nice beer. The hops blend into the malt so beautifully. Nicely sweet with an awesomely hoppy bitterness. Great balance, there is a reason this beer is one of those "must have, everyone talks about it, no really will you trade me some, ISO, etc. etc. etc." beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2008
500 ml bottle, courtesy of the kind and generous golubj. 071008 bottling. Oh my goodness, what a beer. Pours a clear, golden color. Large, foamy, fluffy white head. Tons of lacing. Beautiful aroma of pine, citrus. Flavor is a wonderful mix of floral hops and thick, sticky pine resin. Just the right amount of sweetness. Nice carbonation throughout. Long, bitter finish. This one is a knockout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
spikester (604) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Enjoyed right after a Bind Pig from R.R. Probably should have waited until the next day for a proper eval. Oh well, that gives me a reason to buy some more. Huge cream colored foamy head with plenty of lacings. Very smooth drinker for the style. About as balanced as a DIPA can be. Aromatic, piney, orange pineapple resininous, pine needles, and alcohol is well hidden. What a treat. I wish I had a 15 gallon keg of this in a kegerator. I probably would never get my lawn mowed again. Or go to work! Bottled on date: 8-13-08.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Bottled on 081308 courtesy of FlacoAlto. Freash pine and citrus hit the nose and new this was good. Orange cooper body with white head. Flavor had the dry citrus vine along with enough grapefruit flavor as so not to feel too dry. Thirst quenching experience cool and crisp on the palate. Really enjoyed this one thanks Sebastian

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle thanks to Kegbear: Deep golden pour with strong citrus, peach, fresh resiny hop aroma. Very sweet flavors of malt, floral hops, light alcohol, spice, and deliciousness. Very smooth brew. I could drink one of these every day.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle courtesy of mashmaster. Pours amber with a nice white head. Smells of pine, citrus, spice, pepper, some touches of caramel. Tastes mildly bitter and resiny with some hard to describe doughy hints. This is in a class of its own!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SCBrew (31) - San Clemente, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Fantastic, overwhelming hop aroma!! It seems as though they have squeezed every bit of aromatics from the hops. Beautiful copper/amber color with a lasting white head. Good body, not too chewy. Malty sweetness is overwhelmed by bitter and citrusy hops. The aroma stays through the end. It leaves your empty glass smelling like hops. PHENOMINAL.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
yogy (2) - USA - SEP 4, 2008 does not count
on tap at tj’s in paoli, pa. An amazing double ipa. If you ever have the chance to drink this beer you should. I wish it was more commonly found on the east coast.

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