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RATINGS: 2508   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - MAY 27, 2007
Birght fresh hop nose - amazing aromas. Hazy orange-gold color, lacy head. Bright high res hp with dry gritty bitter end in the corners of the mouth. Sharp and biting. Too much hops? Nah. This shows quite a lot of control for such an agressive beer. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Draft @ Pizza Port (Solana Beach). Orange in the glass with a creamy off-white head that leaves a thick skin down the glass. The aroma finds hoppy grapefruit citrus with a pine and malt background. Big pine and citrus flavors backed with some caramel malt and floral. Medium body with a moderate bitterness throughout. Very nice!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Far and Away the best IPA i’ve ever had. The Chardonay barrel storage makes this brew exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Handbottle, with an enormous THANKS to john_adam2002 for sharing his acquisition from realale420! Pours a crystal clear golden with a fizzy off-white head that drifts down to a thin covering, little lacing. Aroma is a blast of hops - strong grapefruit, citrus, and just a whiff of caramel maltiness. Flavor is a nice hops bite, but not puckery and sticky bitter, just a long spicy hop finish. Palate is medium carbonation and mouthfeel. I have found HopSlam’s West Coast equal and it’s name is Pliny the Elder! Awesome stuff, and big thanks again to john_adam2002 for getting this into my appreciative hands and mouth! Now I just need to find my own keg, or better yet, get RR to bottle this stuff and distribute my way...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 16, 2007
$4 Poured from tap at Stone Brewery restaurant. Huge hoppy aroma. Stone always does a spectacular job with carbonation: thick creamy, tiny bubble head. Great lacing. Taste has nice hoppy bitterness. Like stuffing a wad of mild hops into your mouth. Very drinkable, especially as it warms up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4220) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
25April07 on tap @ Russian River. orange color. great white lacing. lots of citrus, grapefruit. wonderful hop flavor. light malt character, creamy chewy texture. medium bodied. My glass is sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Really happy that this was at the Pizza Port in Solana Beach (only location that had it on the day I went to all of them). A more gold than orange amber. Aroma was citrus and pine hops; with some caramel malt and a general sweetness. Flavor was much of the same. Dry finish. Very hoppy finish. Sticky mouthfeel; some toasted malt in the flavor. Rerate; probably overrated it thefirst time, but it is still good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Enjoyed this one a O’briens. A nice clear amber with a thick white head. Smells of sweet and refreshing hops. Strong citrus and pine the malt at the end evens out would you would wxpect to be very bitter. Very nice DIPA.

   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 I’ve 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 wasn’t overpowering. Very smoothe.

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