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RATINGS: 2461   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Amber color. Smell of hops, malt, pine, grapefruit, apricots, caramel, sugar, honey, grass and flowers. Tastes the same but also with some toffee, spice and orange zest. What a brew. Thanks brewblackhole!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear golden color. Head was thin, white, and left only a bit of lace on the glass. Pleasant grapefruity aroma with some pine resin. Distinct malty caramel flavor which was more pronounced than it was in the RR IPA and Blind Pig IPA, but was still overshadowed by the citrusy hops. The alcohol was well disguised and the hop bitterness was on the high end of the spectrum. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Draught @ the brewery. Jeez, this was good. Extremely well composed for an imperial/double IPA. Very bitter and rich; made me salivate while drinking it. Best beer I had all night there. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
drafts at liar’s club and pizza port carlsbad. the former gave me the wrong beer since it was super farhouse style. i wish i knew what that was because it was awesome. i had this actual beer at PP and it was a pretty good DIPA. the most balanced of the 3 DIPA’s me and my friends had gotten then. strong malt presence in spit of a ton of hops. ipa’s are a dime a dozen and they all taste the same. i don’t

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (926) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Growler shared at the Columbus Tasting V, brought by moejuck via trade with ty592, big thanks go to all involved. Ornage pour with an off white head. Killer aroma of resiny hops...lots of pine and grapefruit, perhaps a bit of lemon zest as well. The flavor was bitter, resiny hops jsut about all the way through...amazing amount of flavor to where the intensity doesn’t die down, but none of the elements are overpowering(unless of course you’re looking for a strong malt backbone, which I was not). Smooth mouthfeel, bitter throughout with a bitter/clean finish. A hop lover’s dream come true. I actually recall smelling the empty growler long after the beer was poured...amazing stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
On tap from Pizza Port in Solana Beach.Nice murky golden hue in appearance. Medium white head with beautiful lacing. Aroma was awesome with pine, bannana, pineapple and pear. Smooth on the palate with a strong dose of hops and bitterness. Crisp lingering finish. An excellent Double IPA.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
acearl (385) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2010 Hop, hop, hoppy...Yellowish in colour, white lasting head, bitter, creamy and flat, had this on tap and it was very complex, hops were floral and perfumey...Most enjoyable!!!Re rate 3/13/2010...On tap and in bottle, orangey goloden hue with white creamy head, light lemon citrus, medium mouthfeel, way lighter than other imperial IPAs but much more drinkable, smooth and balanced, slight bitterness in the back, rates near the best for a reason.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2007
From growler obtained in trade. Coolest looking growler out there. Big frothy white head, aroma is all citrus and pine,absolutely no malt making its way through,taste is a silky smooth pine and citrus with a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness ending in tongue twisting bitterness. With every passing swallow,the beautiful pine fragrance becomes stronger,towrds the middle the malt is there strictly in balancing,you don’t actually taste it the hops overcome all. Classic

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2007
Amber with a nice lasting head. Aroma was rich of hops, citrus, pine and herbs. Flavour was rich with a great balance of malts to match the zealous hops. Full and flavourful with a nice hop and dry finish.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
A Mes rate: Handbottled sample while at ZBF. A healthy serving was kindly poured into my glass by Mads. Yet another HUGE thank you sir. Jeeeeesus WHAT a smell. More than anything (superb quality of the rest of it aside) this is all about the smell. Imagine a perfect summers day and laying in a field filled with the most aromatic smells that summer has to offer. Pine, spruce and a full rack of even the most impressively stocked kitchens spice and herb rack. Was funny to watch the sheer glee on the face of every one who smelled this. My glass seemed to last a hell of a long time and I eventually realised it was because I was just sat there sniffing at it rather than drinking it. The flavour follows on where the aroma left off. It’s a full on hops fest. All the same stuff as the nose really but who are we to argue. Almost chewy in the body superbly balanced, herbacious, floral and as Mads noted a infinitely satisfying warming finish. Truely sublime on every level but that smell... it is clearly one of the best experiences a man could have. Almost a crime to drink it but hey, its just so tasty. I owe you one Mads.


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