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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 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theisti (3590) - Kansas, USA - AUG 22, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 ++++ Re Rate 29 Sept 2009 ++++
500 ml bottle purchased at Argonaut Liquors in Denver, Colorado. Bottled on 083109 marked on the label. Pour is hazed golden orange with a perfectly formed two inch slightly off white head that falls slowly with think patchy lacing. Wonderfully inviting beer. Aroma is present on pour, big dank resin pine citrus hops. Very natural, soft, rounded and inviting. The malt is present as well, earthy hay and toasty. Nice balance. Taste is big resin hop right away, really grabs the taste buds and goes. The mango pineapple citrus and pine follow shortly after, in concert with the toasty mineral earthy malt. The balance and transition of flavors is just superb. Palate is medium bodied with a nice carbonation, which dries the mouth with a slight bitterness. Such a clean and drinkable beer - no wonder I keep buying it at every opportunity. (9,5,9,4,18 - 4.5)

++++ Original Rating 22 Aug 2008 ++++
500 ml bottle generously shared by mreusch. Bottled 7/10/08. Pour is hazed golden with a two inch white head. Great lacing as it settles. Aroma is really fresh resin citrus hops. Some orange peel in there as well. Great nose. Taste is big hops, resin, pine, some bitter citrus grapefruit notes. There is some malty sweetness near the middle, then quickly drys out to a bitter hop finish. Palate is nicely mouth coating, lingering hop biterness and resin. Wow, this is a nice one. Thanks for sharing this one Matt! (9,4,8,4,17 - 4.2)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 bottle thanks to ricand from BA site. This pours a clear, honey color with a nice white head, which lingered to give good head. :-) Well, the nose on this was quite beautiful with a mix of pine and citrus, but not overpowering. Perfect. The taste was citrus, yet not harsh. Very balanced. Delicious! Mouthfeel was medium with carbonation and bitter, but not overly so. I was tasting this for awhile after and did not drink anything else because I didnít want to end the sensations of this masterful brew. Downright exquisite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
bottle shared by JMFG: pours a georgeous golden honey with a nice white head. aroma is the perfect hops of a mixture of citrus and earth slight grapefruit and awesome malt. flavour is a great full of hop bitterness earth and citrus twirl together to form almost perfection of the hop, the malt then comes through to give a good balance, fantaastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DietPepsican (1560) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2008 Amber pour with a very thin white head. Pine and citrus hops as well as a bit of honey in the aroma. Flavor is pine hops, herb, caramel, toffee. Finised very bitter, dry. Only complaint is Iíd prefer a bit more carbonation...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 Poured a hazy orange color with a big off white head. Aroma is incredible, fresh pine trees and grapefruit, slightly under perfect. Flavor is also very tasty, but is a little disappointing for such a great aroma. Excellent pine hop flavor but a little light on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2008 Iím comparing this to Blind Pig, well because BP was incredible. This is not quite as good but still an awesome brew. Aroma isnít as strong and nice as I hoped for but still good. Hops and pine balanced well with notes of citrus. Appearance is a light gold copper that gets darker as it reaches the top near the thick white head. Flavor is actually on the lighter spectrum of a DIPA. Light on hops, pine and citrus. Palate has good bitterness great mouthfeel. Overall its a really good beer and even better second time around :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Poured orange from the bottle. Huge juicy orange and bitter hop on the nose. Taste is nice big grapefruit, more sweet ripe orange, pine, nice sweet malt character. Big and full, just what I was hoping it would be. Floral hops, sticky and delicious. Update: On tap at Toronado San Fran. No change in my rating, just a confirmation. Really nice and juicy, very floral on tap and well balanced. Super drinkable and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Pours dark amber brown with very nice white head. Aroma is sweet citrus and pine with a background of hops. Flavor begins with a great and unique palate of roasted nuts, almost like creamy peanut butter. Nice finish of hops and citrus. Great medium body, very easy to drink. Unique and amazing double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Deep orange pour with a thick creamy head that lasts throughout the glass. Big hoppy pine and grapefruit peel aroma. Flavor starts with a sweet caramel malt but quicly turns to citrus and pine hops. Medium bodied, but with a long lasting mouth coating feeling. Biting, but not overly bitter finish. Great IIPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Draft @ PP Carlsbad. WOW!! Pours orange with thick white head. Aroma is HUGE piney hops. Big grapefruit and citrus hop taste. The hop bite is big. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. The last sip is as good as the first. A wonderful hop bomb. This was the beer I had to try on my first SD trip. Just awesome!

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