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RATINGS: 2768   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tomatohead (3) - , Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2008 does not count
I approached this beer like you might the most popular television show that you’ve been too cool to even turn on once. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, it’s LOST. "Yeah I know that everybody I know (whose viewing opinions on electronic media I generally trust) loves the show, but I don’t have time to even bother with caring, much less take on a new television series into my otherwise full viewing schedule." You’re a good speaker. Let’s move on. One of your friends hands you the first season of LOST on DVD and makes it apparent that if you don’t watch at least the first episode that you will be offending them. You watch the first episode while making dinner with your girlfriend. Two days later you have watched all 22 hour-long episodes and the two of you are standing outside your friends place at 3 in the morning to see if you can trade him for season 2. My experience with this beer was exactly like that. I knew it was highly rated. I got one when I probably shouldn’t have. I drank it with high expectations and didn’t have any complaints. Hours later I was recreating its pine-y smell in my head and wishing I had another one. It had a small taste of apple in the background. The blume was more dense and hung around longer than I expected. The longer I go since I had it, the more I want one again.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2008
500 ml. bottle, bottled on 08/13/08, drunk on 10/03/08, bottle courtesy of CelticBrew - thanks much for this, Jim! Clear gold body under a medium, but very lingering head, and a ropey, adherent lace. As expected, the hops are all over this with citrus and pine predominantly, but a healthy dose of some floral notes as well. However, not to be lost in the aroma are significant malt contributions in the form of toffee and stone fruit. The flavor is a well tuned balance between a light malty sweetness and the typical citrus zest bitterness of Northwest hops. Medium body and carbonation, resinous, but not excessively so, startlingly smooth, and a pleasingly dry palate. This beer arrives with quite a reputation, and it certainly lives up to it. In this increasingly ubiquitous style, it is not the best, but it is right up there.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Pliny is very good. I think some people are over-enamored with it’s reputation however. Appearance- Orange in color with good clarity, it has a decent head that sticks around for a little while. Aroma- A very hoppy aroma, smelling of Piney and/or citrusy hops. Taste- Extremely hoppy. Very heavy bitterness, the hops attack at every level. I tasted a little sourness from the malt, but it did a decent job at trying to balance the beer. The high alcohol level is not obvious, but the high hop rate might inhibit the drinkability of this beer. Not me however, I liked it alot... It could be more balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2008
[Thanks to drewbeerme and xnoxhatex for sharing] Wonderful grapefruit aroma with some notes of sweet honey. Flavor is straight-up grapefruit and honey. Smooth medium body, pretty viscous for an IPA with light soft carbonation. Thanks for sharing!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Rating #200 for me, and thanks to BOLTZ7555 for the trade on this one! Pours an orange hazy body with a thin, but quite bubbly white head. Aroma is floral, citrus, and grapefruit hops. The bottle isn’t too old at 2 months, but the hops are definitely fading in the flavor, which is kind of disappointing. It’s still quite good. Nothing but piney hops and sweet malts, but certainly not a hopbomb, possibly due to the 2 month bottled on date. It’s quite balanced though, which is enjoyable. Palate is medium bodied, but quite creamy. Pretty nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Looks like a pretty standard, but solid double IPA. Awesome aroma - runs the gamut in terms of hop notes, lemony citrus, grapefruit, pine, and a light floral aspect as well. The flavor is a slight step down from the aroma. The orange/grapefruit dominates first, then gives way to pine, the finish sweetens things up slightly, but is mostly defined by a dry, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is incredibly soft, almost to a fault. I could almost use a little more carbonation. Very smooth, medium bodied. Awesome beer overall.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Bottled on 7/30/08. Aroma is delicious; very sweet & full smelling. Hops are floral. Palate starts slightly thin, but seems to thicken up into the finish. Very nice finish that leaves pure raw hops on the tongue.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gsteph (322) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Pours a darkened orange with an off-white, frothy head. Leaves sticky lacing on my snifter. Soft floral nose, grass, grapefruits, pine and weed. Flavors of lemon pith, pine resin, spring flowers, ruby red grapefruit, and semi-sweet malt. The flavors are so soft and balanced it’s hard to imagine this is a DIPA. Where is the tongue thrashing that I’ve grown accustomed to. Not bitter in the least. This is pure hops flavor at its finest. Finishes sharp with a dry piney, hoppiness. This is a smooth, creamy elixir. Body has medium density and has some yeast floaters throughout. Man this stuff is great.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (2233) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2008
50 cl bottle, Seattle, WA. Slightly hazy golden colour, very floral hop marijuana aroma. Thick mouth feel, sharp hop/alcohol bite, and a warm flowery finish that intensifies. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Strong piney hop aroma, lemon, orange juice, and grapefruit. Pours completely transparent, dark orange and heavily carbonated. Thin white head. Very soft hop flavor, followed by a creamy orange, with a nice bitter lemon rind finish. Palate is a bit sharp upfront, but it mellows into a nice creamy finish, Creamy Creamy Creamy. How many times can I say that without it sounding gross?


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