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RATINGS: 2792   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 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2008
An absolutely splended DIPA. When describing the flavors in this beer it seems like you’re talking about the standard "by the book" IPA, but there’s just something different here, it’s just done absolutely perfect. Citrus fruits are obvious, lots of juicy hops, bitter but not the puckering type of bitter - more like a sweet juicy grapefruit and pineapple juice type of bitter. Malt profile is absolutely perfect. Amazing on the Palate, not too thick - definitely not too thin. Looks great. Nice head that does become just a frothy top, but leaves great lacing. Nice sunburst hue. There is only one problem with this beer and it has nothing to do with the beer itself, it’s the age of the beer. You have to drink this one fresh and I mean FRESH. No more then a week or two after bottling. After a couple weeks it becomes a ho-hum beer. The bottle makes it very clear that this beer needs to be drank absolutely fresh so I’m rating this beer based on a perfectly fresh one I had, rather then the... more common (unfortunately) slightly aged one you are likely to find in the stores. Try to get the freshest you can find! It really does make a world of difference with this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Re-rated with the freshest bottle I’ve had yet. Bottled on 3/8 and rated on 3/14. Gotta bump this up.... Quality and still un nder $5... Simply astounding. Bottle via trade with hophead22.Pours a nice murky dark golden color with a soapy white head. Aroma of hops, pine, malt, grass, grapefruit. Flavor is piney citrusy hoppy goodness along with some floral notes and a bitter grapefruity finish. Very well balanced and amazing oily slick mouthfeel, not to mention super easy to drink. Great IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4568) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Deep golden color with a good sized cream colored head. Aroma is of hops with some spicy notes. The taste is the same. This ale goes down very easily with a pleasant hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cajundodger (1) - , California, USA - SEP 25, 2008 does not count
It is so hard to find but taste so good. It is so well worth the hunt to find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Thanks Weeheavy! Pours deep amber color with tons of off white head. Nose is fresh pine and grass. Flavors are citrus and early hops. An amazingly easy drinking beer. ARealTreat for sure. Now go get yourself one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2511) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2008
About a 3/4 inch thick head of very fine and very dense bubbles. Amazing succulent aroma. Bursting with hoppy citrus notes. Lots of mandarin oranges, grapefruit juice (not the rind), some malts and flowers. Color is a bright orange. Light to medium body that is a little bit thinner than I expected. Lots of bitter flavors of dry roasted peanut skins, grapefruit, some fresh grass and pine. Palate is sort of oily and finished dry. Decent flavor but the aroma was much better. Still good but a slight let down. Long bitter finish with lingering peanut and pine notes. A very good IIPA but not quite as good as I expected. Big thanks from etowneraser for bringing this back for me from San Diego.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2009 Finally, RR in CO! Pours sparkling clear, orange in color, and a head which is off-white, creamy, full, and fluffy; lace is drippy with some lasting ability. Nose is pleasant for the style with great pink grapefuit notes, light resin, light grass, and faint candied apricots with minimal warmth noticed. Flavor is bitter throughout with pink grapefruit peaking first but immediately followed by dry grasses, light pine resins, even a floral hint. Malt notes include dry toast and lightly candied apricots. Palate is medium, nearly lively, dry, and almost oily. Finishes very long and bitter with lots of dry grass and some notes of floral and dank. It was good and definately a hop bomb, but the dryness is a bit much and there are just not the complexities of some of my favorite examples of the style. Still, a nice beer with plenty of bitterness but I was a bit disappointment of the high ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2300) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 24, 2008
Two week old bottled sample via (and shared with) oakbluff. Gold in colour with moderate carbonation. Huge American hop aromas dominate the nose, with notes of sweet pink grapefuit, flowers, sweet grasses, and a bit of orange. Quite dry in the mouth, with clean pale malts, more grapefruit, and some slightly under-ripe apricot notes. Very refined bitterness, and very drinkable. A top class IIPA to say the least. HUGE thanks to oakbluff for sharing this gem with me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
500 ml bottle. Pours clear light orange with a big airy head and lively carbonation. Flavor and aroma is big citrus and pine. This is a hop monster, but not overbearing. Perfect balance and easy to drink. Oily mouthfeel and a long bitter lingerness. This is perfect representation of a IIPA. I must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Last glass of the keg at monk’s. Pour is orange, but almost pink. Nose is pine sap and bitter citrus.. The flavour is a very balanced hop bomb. The malt is there in your mind but you dont taste it. In stead is grapefruit and pine. The hop bitterness all hits in the back of the throat, no flavour of alcohol. In shock on this one, The flavour of hops is no where near astrigent, unlike the nose.

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