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RATINGS: 2490   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
On tap at Russian River. A beautiful beer with a big hoppy aroma. Pine and citrus notes in the taste with a good finish. A damn good IPA; second only to Pliny the Younger.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2007 This is the best IIPA Iíve ever had. Poured a goldern color with a nice size white head that lingered. Smell was of hops, citrus, and light malt. Taste was a great balance of hops and malt. Very hoppy brew but it wasnít overpowering. Very smoothe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7146) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2007
Special thanks to MrBendo and mwsf for the hand-bottles! Mr. Pliny poured a clear, deep, and fiery red with a beautiful initial cap of creamy off-white head... receded to a wispy dusting and a looser ring after a few minutes. The aroma picked up rich, pulled caramel and a faint hint of chocolate surrounded by one of the grandest hop bouquets I have come across... a delectable blend of pine resin, grapefruit, and pineapple.. leaning slightly toward the fruits.

This lost nothing in the flavor department... syrupy foray onto the palate brings heavier caramel and pine resin notes.. bitter pineapple emerges around the tongue and and through the finish while the grapefruit dances through intermittantly... rather high bitterness is adequately balanced by the maltage... leaves very lenghty residual resin bitterness and toffee sweetness for the finish. Just a fantastic brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007
Handbottle from MrBendo. Aroma: Lightly sweet maltiness with a touch of caramel. Lots of citrus hop with notes of grapefruit, apricot, and pineapple. Some light pine with a trailing edge of resin. Some great floral aromas. Appearance: Deep amber in color and faintly hazed. Off-white head was full and foamy with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Some light bready malt with a bit of caramel. Ton of hop flavor running the gamut: Piney and resinous, grapefruit and orange, floral and grass. Bitterness is pretty strong, but very smooth at the same time. Dry finish with a bunch of hop flavor carrying over. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: Great IIPA. This was really good from a handbottle, and I have to imagine itís awesome fresh from the tap.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 Growler from Caponeís tasted head to head with Younger. Nice golden amber color with a small head. Aroma is a pleasantly sweet citrus-floral hop. Flavor is a nice citrus-floral hop presentation with bits of biscuity malts. Really a classic DIPA without the mega stickyness of Younger and other mega-hop members of this category. Well done - If they ever bottled either Pliny it would sell like crazy!!! Awesome brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4045) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1681) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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