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RATINGS: 2673   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (3686) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2008
At Oregon Brewers Festival 2008 Pours out a copper topped with a tall cream head. Aroma of sweet floral and citrus hops. All most has my mouth watering just thinking about the aroma. Tast was great fresh hops and nice bitterness. A nice sweet blend. Top dawg at the Oregon Brewers Fest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle courtesy of AgentSteve. Much thanks!
Pours a light amber in color with a huge, ginormous 4 inch head. I could smell the deluge of hops as soon as I popped the cap and began to pour. Smell is amazing. Very citrusy, juicy, bittering hops. Taste is much the same, but comes across much more balanced than the smell would lead you to believe. Good mouthfeel and very nice lacing on the glass. Glad I finally got the chance to try this behemoth. It definitely deserves it’s spot up there with HopSlam, Dreadnaught and Hop 15. My dream would be a blind tasting with all these on draft!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2008
First of all pat my self on the back and big thanks to Casey for getting me two of these in a trade. I did a blind tasting with middle ages 10 (rated at 92%) just to see if i could pick the better beer. The winner was the elder although appearance wise middle ages looked like the superior brew. Pliny won me over with the aroma sweet pine, that definitely changed my mind. Flavor is superior much like the aroma, sweet hops pine citrus and grapefruit all in the flavor profile. Very clean finish not overly bitter like some dipas. Worthy of the hype. I put this as my favorite dipa with hopslam and dreadnaught.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle from Monument Liq in Concord, CA. I heard that Pliny the Elder was hoppy, but it’s not the hoppiest I’ve had. I’d think Moylans Hopsickle is hoppier. In any case, Pliny has a much more controlled palate than the latter. How they do it is anyone’s guess, but there’s not much maltiness to cover. At 8%, RR does a great job with a sharp DIPA. Very, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Thanks to Bman113VR for the bottle! Bottled 7/10/08 Gold pour almost transparent. Citrus and grapefruit on the nose. Clean crisp mouth-feel, malty backbone and a nice hoppy finish. Seriously does Russian River make any bad beer?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Tap at SD Brew Co. Aroma full of peaches and pear and citrus, along with a fresh, piney aroma. Appearance is IPA-typical golden and very clear. HOPPY HOPPY HOPPY!! Very sharp and piney. Sweet malt to balance but not too much as to overcome the hops. Much alcohol and a slight bit of fruit in the taste. Hits you square in the mouth and is clean and smooth. Easy on the palate. Overall, my impression is quite good! I"ve had pliney several times before and it will continue to be one of my top couple double IPAs!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
budobrewery (6) - , California, USA - JUL 28, 2008 does not count
In bottle from Monument Wine and Spirits Concord. Floral, multi-layered hop aroma. Lots of citrus and pine in the taste. Bright and crisp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2008
On tap at OBF 2008--Poured a rich copper body with a thick white head. West Coast IIPA! Beautiful piquant bouquet with waves of complexities surrounding the art of hops. Grapefruit notes linger and the tongue is assaulted but shown lots of love. This beer rules!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 27, 2008
First of all, thanks to my buddy Shane for sending me this gem. 500 ml bottle. Poured out a hazy pale ale golden yellow color, with a massive, sticky, tan colored head. Aromas are strictly hops. Massive hop aroma, followed by malts, way off in left field. Flavors are hops controlled, with a smattering of malts thrown in for luck. Sticky, gooey body, chewy mouthfeel. It’s all about the hops in this brew. Thanks Shane, and Vinnie for sending me this sparkling example of a true American classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008
Had another bottle today that was about a month old and got a distinct cantaloupe note. This beer just keeps getting better and better.</br>

From a bottle: 7/4/8/4/17 Thanks to mwompus on BA for some fresh bottles. Pours a bright, glowing orange with a beige head and sticky lacing all over the glass. Smell is tons of Pine, grass, floral, grapefruit and also some honey and biscuit malt. Sort of understated smell really, it just doesn’t jump out at you. The taste is just an extremely smooth blend of pine and grapefruit hops. I’ve never had a DIPA go down this easily.

From a growler: 8/4/8/4/18 Many thanks to ricand for sending me an extremely fresh growler. It pours a golden, straw yellow. With a creamy white head and tons and tons of sticky lace left on the glass. Pine, pine and more pine. Just tons and tons of glorious, dank hoppage. A slight bit of pineapple and grapefruit and maybe the tiniest amount of maltiness. Chewing on pine cones. Not much other hop flavor is coming through and only the slightest bit of malt. Highly unbalanced but it is an amazing hop bomb. Again, a chewy resinous mouthfeel. Medium bodied with just enough carbonation. So incredibly drinkable. I couldn’t detect the ABV at all and just zoomed through the first pint of this one. An exceptional DIPA.

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