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RATINGS: 2468   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Hand bottled sample from Sean. Thanks. Pours out a dark brown color without much of a head on it at all (I think this is due to the hand bottle). Smell is heavy of grapefruits, citrus fruits, pine, and sugars. Taste is sweet and bitter at first, and then the hops really kick in and take over, leaving nothing but a huge hop bomb in your mouth. I can still taste it, and I havent drank any of it in 3-4 minutes. Really good stuff, not as good as the younger, but this is certainly an awesome IPA. Thanks for this one Sean, it is well appreciated.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Slightly hazy golden color with a thick white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Pungent aroma of hops (grapefruit, pine, melon, and citrus). Rich malty base with hints of caramel and of course a huge burst of hops. Grapefruit, melon, pine, overall a very intense but well-integrated bitterness. Amazingly soft mouthfeel--very rich and initially slightly syrupy, but of course the hops eventually take over and create a supremely dry and astringent finish. I could drink this all day if it weren’t for the hefty abv. Just amazingly rich, complex, and well-balanced. A great experience.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 Growler from Capones. Many thanks go to Jasonmech77 for putting me in contact with Matt at Capones. I have been looking for both Plinys for quite a while, the kegs always ran out before I showed up. Pours a hazy amber orange with an eggshell head. Aroma of grapefruit and floral hops. Initial flavor of toffee, caramel, and even a hint of biscuit. All this transitions to a juicy hop middle that is sweet and citrusy (orange, grapefruit, tangerine). What I really enjoy about the hop profile is that it is aggressive without being overdone or puckering. The finish is perfect, which leaves a pleasant leafy- resiny bitterness on the palate. What a masterful use of hops. I can’t wait to try the Younger. Please, someone hook me up with that. The Elder also stays on my wants list. This beer lives up to the hype. Vinnie, please do the world a favor and bottle the Plinys.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2007
On tap a Stone World Bistro and Gardens. Sampled in unioniso with stone 10th, and Pliny to younger. Golden orange with a good white head. Very piney hop aroma. some grapefruit and over citrusy hops balenced with a good amount of carmely malt. A lot less agressive then younger or tenth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (4325) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2010 On tap at stone. Golden, slightly orange pour with a good white head. Aroma of hops, sweet malt, grapefruit, and light fruit. Flavors of piney hops, citrus, caramel, malt, orange, and slightly floral. Smooth and easy to drink for a IIPA. Very well done. 7-29-10 Fresh bottle one week old. Super fresh resinous hops, tropical fruit, extremely piney and bitter, dank, almost tastes like the ocean. Love it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2007 Goldish golour with a medium sized white head. Kind of has a sweeish aroma with lots of piney hops in there as well, a bit of grapefruit in there as well. The tatse is very dry and well hopped. Has a pretty astringent finish ut it is still quite yummy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29224) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2007
(hand?) Bottled. A golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet hoppy and malty with a lovely fresh grapefruit note. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of fruit - especially grapefruit - leading to a good bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Courtesy realale420. Pours a relatively clear copper color with a medium off white head. Big, fresh piney hop aroma fills the nostrils, along with some grapefruit citrus. Smells fresh. Really smooth taste, goes down easy. Seems to be balanced really well. Big hops, but not really bitter as some are. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste, but finishes really clean. Not a monster of an IPA, but a really nicely flavored delicious one. Great hop balance. Excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2352) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2007
12 oz hand bottled by Brian. Pours a clear orange gold color with a medium white head. Nice lacing. Floral aroma with hints of apricots, grapefruit and pine. Taste is crisp apricot flavor with hints of grapefruit, pine and orange peel. Excellent !! Not on par with the Younger, but exceptional nevertheless. one of the best IPA’s out there.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Draft-A hop lovers dream!!! light, brown in appearance, you get the lacing and the head retention. super piney pnw taste, really crisp and dry. Malts dont ever factor in, at least, on the surface, which I love. This beer is about high quality hops, and a lot of them at different stages in the process. Best beer I have had thus far.


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