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RATINGS: 2758   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (5307) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Fantastic IIPA shared by xmarcnolanx. Pours hazy amber / orange with a minor soapy off-white head. The aroma has lots of danky hops, some grapefruit, green onions, garlicy and heavy smooth toasted malt. Medium smooth body that is lightly resiny with a grapefruit pith feel and gentle carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of dry full grapefruit, earthy, pine and lots of smooth rich malt. The finish is resiny, dry and hoppy. Very well made beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2008
pours gold, thin off-white head. wonderfully hoppy, grapefruity aroma. creammy, caramel, pine, grapefruit flavors. creamy mouth-feel, bitter finish. a wonderful, wonderful brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2008
draft at the memphis taprooms- pours cloudy orange nose is grapefruit, pine very strong notes of both. head is white malt as well. very well balanced finish goes on forever. its so hoppy. but fruity, its more like drinking a ruby red grapefruit juice than a beer. intense.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2008 Great hoppy, citrus aroma. A classic from Russian River. Leaves you with a great hoppy aftertaste on your tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (855) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Draft (and #300!): pours a cloudy orange with a frothy white head, nice hoppy aroma with some citrus as well, taste is resiny hops, citrus, nice balance, medium body. Very good DIPA. I wish more had this kind of balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle. Poured a cloudy gold color with a two finger white head. Aroma of citrus, pine and malt. Flavor is pine hops with good malt balance, with a grapefruit/citrus finish. Medium/full body with good carbonation and a oily feel in the mouth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2008
An absolutely splended DIPA. When describing the flavors in this beer it seems like you’re talking about the standard "by the book" IPA, but there’s just something different here, it’s just done absolutely perfect. Citrus fruits are obvious, lots of juicy hops, bitter but not the puckering type of bitter - more like a sweet juicy grapefruit and pineapple juice type of bitter. Malt profile is absolutely perfect. Amazing on the Palate, not too thick - definitely not too thin. Looks great. Nice head that does become just a frothy top, but leaves great lacing. Nice sunburst hue. There is only one problem with this beer and it has nothing to do with the beer itself, it’s the age of the beer. You have to drink this one fresh and I mean FRESH. No more then a week or two after bottling. After a couple weeks it becomes a ho-hum beer. The bottle makes it very clear that this beer needs to be drank absolutely fresh so I’m rating this beer based on a perfectly fresh one I had, rather then the... more common (unfortunately) slightly aged one you are likely to find in the stores. Try to get the freshest you can find! It really does make a world of difference with this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Re-rated with the freshest bottle I’ve had yet. Bottled on 3/8 and rated on 3/14. Gotta bump this up.... Quality and still un nder $5... Simply astounding. Bottle via trade with hophead22.Pours a nice murky dark golden color with a soapy white head. Aroma of hops, pine, malt, grass, grapefruit. Flavor is piney citrusy hoppy goodness along with some floral notes and a bitter grapefruity finish. Very well balanced and amazing oily slick mouthfeel, not to mention super easy to drink. Great IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4526) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Deep golden color with a good sized cream colored head. Aroma is of hops with some spicy notes. The taste is the same. This ale goes down very easily with a pleasant hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cajundodger (1) - , California, USA - SEP 25, 2008 does not count
It is so hard to find but taste so good. It is so well worth the hunt to find it.

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