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RATINGS: 2465   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 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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2007
Draft at Caponeís. Poured a clear honey amber with an average head. Aroma is all hops with greapefruit being dominant. Very smooth for an IIPA but the bitterness does kick in a little more as it warms. Quality beer all around.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1680) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
Draught at Capones Tasted with the Younger. Golden amber body with thin head. Hoppy aroma - lots of grapefruit. Taste is sweet, grassy with a mouthfeel that is not as thick in syrup as the Younger. Heavy alcohol tasted. Pretty smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
On draft at Caponeís for the Pliny tasting event. Pours clear amber/copper with a one finger thick off white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel malts, and citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet caramel upfront, small touches of fruit, citrus, and a bitter hoppy finish.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alohaC (12) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
On tap at Toronado, Ben ní Nickís, Liarís Club, OíBrienís and too many times to count, so itís about time I review my boy, Pliny. Pours golden and slightly amber-ish with a nice, rock steady head. Sticking your nose in the glass in one of the true pleasures in craft beer - lots of sweet, fruity hops and caramel malt in a near perfect symphony. Tastes like it smells, only better. Resinous, sweet citrus hop candy with just the right balance of caramel and biscuity malts. It glides across your tongue and finishes super clean, a bit dry and with no alcohol burn. For me, this beer defines everything a IIPA should be. Extremely drinkable, sessionable - a brewing masterpiece. My favorite/#1/ if stuck on a deserted island beer of choice.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pbrick (13) - Roseville, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
Scores so high because I honestly feel this defines the style. 0.1 left just in case this really isnít the best double IPA in the world. Wonderful in every way, in every sip - light color, lighter body than expected, wonderful aroma and a taste that is both exciting and wonderful. Bready up front, slightly sweet, quickly followed by the amazing citrus taste and perfect bittering. Finished dry, lingering bittering pleasant and alcohol warmth that is slight, but apparent. I love this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 On tap at Liarís, Obrienís, Hamiltonís...etc...I am a HUGE fan of this beer. It has the perfect balance of hops, malts, alcohol, and flavor. Nice blend of citrus, pine, and bittering hops. A great sipper or a good session beer - good for any occasion. Great at 8% and not too in your face. A staple in my diet!

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2007
(On tap - Toronado) Clear, pale amber golden with a small, white head. Very fresh piney aroma. Medium body with a dry malt base and an extremely dry hopping - a bit too dry for me. But a very lovely and complex hop structure. Astringent bitterness in the finish. 290307

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (932) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2007
F***ín great double IPA, one of the best Ive had, maybe except for Pure Hoppiness. On tap at Liars Club. I was surprised at the color, expected it to be a little darker for an imperial, but the aroma was fantastic. Excellent lacing. Floral, rich and green, smells of pine forest, orange and ginger...and of course the all-glorious hops! What amazed me the most about this brew was the balance, the hops were near-perfectly compensated by the malts, and the palate was not stingy or too bitter for that matter, but polished in a way that makes you look that much forward to the next sip. Bomb!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hayduke (3344) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 8, 2007
This was on-draft in a 16 oz glass from the Russian River Brewpub in Santa Rosa. I have heard a lot about this, so was looking forward to seeing if it lived up to its reputation. The brews were all listed in various color chalks on a board behind the bar, and according to it this one checked in at 92 BUís and 8% ABV. When it was set in front of me I could smell the hops from two feet away. This one is potent! The odor just leaps out of the glass with piney and floral hops. You donít need to take a big sniff to get what is going on here. Besides the hops, there are also some wonderful rich malts, nuts toffee, caramel, and fruit. I cannot imagine a beer smelling any better than this. As a pub pour it came without any head, but after drinking off the first inch, and almost swooning in the process, I swirled it and got a nice fat off-white head that left lots of fat chunks of lacing on the sides of the glass. A beautiful light orange, this is a feast for the eyes and as the head slowly settles down you are so taken by its overall beauty you almost hate to disturb it. The flavor is similar to the nose, and while the malts and the hops dominate, there is a serious bitter finish worthy of a DIPA. The mouthfeel was excellent, very rich and creamy and simply glides across the teeth and tongue. It tastes just as good going down the pipe as it did at first sip. The brew is simply incredible. It has that wonderful bitterness that all great DIPAs should have, and hides the alcohol very well. It is too bad this is only available on tap, because I would love to share this with my friends so they can appreciate it also. I have been saving a second 4.8 for just a brew like this. Ranks with the best beer I have every had the pleasure of drinking. Maybe Pliny the Younger will be that perfect 5.0 if I ever get to taste it

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2007
Rating from memory. On tap upstairs at the Brickskeller, D.C. Having been supping on fresh hop brews, I wasnít prepared to be as knocked over by this as I was. Wow, a rich and fresh IIPA on a par with the mighty Ruination. Not sweet and cloying, but definitely some tasteful bready malts in there, this one comes on all citrus and grass but has a long, well balanced finish. Awesome.


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