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RATINGS: 2703   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Super pineapple hop aroma. Perfectly balanced flavor with just a hint of sweetness. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Dark golden color with a bright white head that laces the glass. Aromas of sweet piney hops with orange peel and coriander. Flavors of hops, orange peel, and again a healthy dose of pine. Finish is smooth and luxurious, with a richness that perfectly complements the hops. I am glad to say this lived up to my high expectations.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2008
At City Beer, San Francisco, July 08. The aroma on this thing is huge: fruit, citrus like orange, grapefruit, grass, wood and floral aromas. This beer will knock your socks off. Flavour is as balanced as IIPAs get; citrus in the hops, peach and apricot, great body nice carbonation, full head to hold in all those aromas. On my next trip to San Francisco, I will make a b-line for Toronado hoping for this brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coldbrewky (1536) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2008
.5 L bottle via Stefanje. Pours a hazyish amber orange with a oily rocky head that hangs about a bit. Nose bursts with floral hops with a zingy snap that would make Sammy Davis Jr. sit up in his coffin and say "Hey man, that is some zesty stuff!" Mouthfeel is of tangy hops and a good amount of maltiness that is overshadowed by the sheer volume of fresh hops inth this puppy. Finish followed thru with the same hop intensity. Wow. This beer would have been lost on Dean Martin though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 500ml bottle. Thanks to kegbear for hooking me up with this brew. Pours orangish amber with creamy white head. Aroma is huge with floral hops, pine resin, caramel malts and citrus. Flavor is bursting with pine resin and citrus. Big hops punch with balance of caramel malt and some spices. Outstanding IIPA that has great balance even with all the hops. Would love to try next to Dreadnaught to see which one is better. had right after HOTD Blue Dot and Pliney crushed that one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thejiggy (1) - , California, USA - AUG 31, 2008 does not count
Perfect balance between malt flavor and hop bitterness. Aroma is just like smelling fresh hops - citrus, pine and some floral notes. Appearance is golden-copper with a foamy white head and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle via Dunk, huge thanks! I couldn’t wait any long, this one has been staring me down for a week now! Pours golden copper color with a medium beige colored head. Aroma is citrus, pine, and light caramel. Flavor is huge blast of grapefruit and pine, then some caramel backbone, then more grapefruit. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished ultra bitter and slightly dry. Word!

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