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RATINGS: 2660   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Growler @ ORL throwdown, courtesy of dchmela. #100. Golden body, topped with a white head. Hops! Floral, citrus, pine, just huge. Multi-layered hop aroma waft around a nice malt backbone. Pineapple, apricot, some citrus hop flavor and then a nice drying bitterness wraps it all up. A touch of acidity and nice medium mouthfeel with a nice bit of carbonation that I bet would just increase if out of a bottle or straight from the tap. This is amazingly drinkable, just lovely!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Draft @ Liars Club. Clear amber with a tight head. Big grassy and floral hop aromas. Smooth medium body. Nice hop party flavors are grapefruit, flowers, with some light malt sweetness to balance. Very easy drinking double IPA here.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Nik925 (773) - USA - JUN 2, 2008
Amazing, hands down the best use of hops I have ever had. Strong grapefruit over bitter hop flavor. Best Double IPA out there.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (2827) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Growler courtesy Taverner. I couldn’t wait to crack open this bad boy and it did not disappoint. Pours out a golden orange with a thin foamy head. Big huge hoppy aroma. Very orange, grapefruit, hell all of the citrus you could find in this aroma with a woody pine in there also. Definitely something to sit and ponder for awhile. Taste has tons of grapefruit dryness with just hints of malt, yet somehow keeps all of this balanced and smooth. I did not feel like this was too over the top at any point (though, my taste buds might have been shredded at this point). Just a classic DIPA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2641) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Throwdown. A pleasure it was to finally try this great beer. And that is a serious hop aroma. All sweet pine and grapefruit. Clean bready malts provide a good foundation for more majorly citric hop flavors, with touches of pine. Pretty huge on the hop front. Clean all around. Amber color.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Growler, courtesy dchmela. First off, what a cool looking growler! I practically expected a genie to come spewing out of the vessel. The pour is a clear, shining golden orange color. A foamy white head leaves soapy, spotty lacing behind. The nose simply explodes from the glass with striking notes of juicy, fresh-picked oranges, grapefruits, and lemons. A lightly sweet, pale malt background sets the perfect backdrop for the massive hop profile to do its thing. The flavor is deliciously juicy, with bitter, resinous citrus and lemongrass hops shining amidst lightly toasted toffee malts. There’s nothing overly complex going on, but it is so well blended it is incredible. Medium-full, smooth, slightly sticky body. This is so incredibly drinkable. A delicious IIPA that ranks right up there with the best of them.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2008
On tap at the pub. Yep...this is a very nice IPA. Although I admit I had proped this up in my head for some time...so I was a wee bit disappointed. Very rich hops, surprisingly creamy body. I prefer some of Ballast Point’s IPA more, but this is still a damn fine IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlizard (8) - Richmond, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008 does not count
This is a tasty IPA...extremely hoppy with a great degree of bitterness with some sour citrusness to boot...my only complaint is I wish the aftertaste was drier, like a dogfishhead90.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2969) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Sampled @ O’Brien’s San Diego. Just what one would expect; a great IIPA!!! All of the typical players are there...biting citrus that makes you pucker, freshly cut douglas fir/ponderosa, sweet malts & a touch of honey to balance out those aggressive flavors. A very tasty beer...but I’m not sure it is worth the hype.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 June 27th re-rate. Growler courtesy tpd975. The last growler I got to sample was open for a while and I wanted to give it a fresh rating. Pours the same with a huge off-white head that lasts leaving great sticky lacing. Aroma is more intense with wonderfull notes of citrus, pine, floral, and grassy hops. Every thing else is spot on as before. A damn fine brew!!!

Growler courtesy tpd975. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and grassy hops with a solid sweet malt backbone. Taste is full on pine, citrus, and grassy hops with just the perfect amount of sweet malt to balance it all out. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. This is the most drinkable IIPA ever. If this beer was a woman I would have sexual relations with it.


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