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RATINGS: 2796   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Draught. Hop pellet nose, musky pine and citrus. Clear orange-amber with a thin white head. Flavor is phenomenal. Orange juice hop character at a perfect level of bitterness interplaying with fruity sweet notes all the way to the finish. Extremely clean, chewy but still highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Poured (5000ml) a light orange, with a golden hue, forming a good size white head of foam. Aroma pine, hops with a tinge of citrus tones. Flavour was full bodied, hoppy, malts, pine resin dominate as sweet carameled malts and tropical fruit balance this wonderful beer. Mouthfeel was sticky, and lacing beautiful. Highly quaffable, as this beer is smooth, yet bitterly delicious. Alcohol hidden, thus dangerous. Beer drinkers delight!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13334) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy spruce citrus hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a oily slick texture. Moderate alcohol bite at the finish. Very good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 Re-Rate 1/13/10. One of my favorites. Orange-gold, thick head, nice scattered lacing. The aroma is a wonderful and a powerful blend of pine, grapefruit, lemons, herbs and flowers. The flavor follows; nice and hoppy but far from massively bitter and perhaps less intense than the aroma. Delicious and a very drinkable IIPA. Original Rating: Big thanks to zythum for this one! Pours an orange-golden color with a thin frothy off-white head with some pretty nice retention and lacing. Aroma is lots of hops, especially pine, with some citrus there as well. The hops up front are sticky pine needles with some lemon, honey, and caramel notes. The finishing hops are juicy grapefruit. Crisp, bitter, and dry. This has lots of hops, yes, but what I love about this beer is that it is extremely drinkable. I imagine this will find a spot close to the top of my list. Thanks again zythum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3811) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Unassuming, modest bronze body, but with an absolutely luscious, creamy, hop-resin filled head.. Aroma is sharp Chinook some fruity & grapefruity Crystal and some pine,.Perhaps a hint of Simcoe passionfruit. A fully hoppy flavor that is rather grapefruity and touches of over-ripe fruit. High, but manageable amounts of bitterness. Still, a couple of these are sure to give you a hop-headache. Co-humulone factor seems high. A solid IPA, but not quite a world-beater.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2008
1000th Rating, big thanks to RiversideAK for this one! Pours a clear light copper/amber body with a frothy off white head and medium carbonation. Aroma is medium sweet with grapefruit, pine, bread and caramel sweetness. Flavor is grapefruit, pine and caramel. Very simple yet a wonderful blend. Medium to full body, thick texture. Sweet bitter/caramel flavor lingers nicely. Great beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3792) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2008
Hazy orange amber,small lasting white head.Strong cat piss musty nose. Piney grapefruit hop profile, thin bodied but still has good malt presence. Long long finish Not bad, but certainly not worth all the hype!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2008
On tap at Father’s Office. Pours a copper amber color with a big white fluffy head that leaves very creamy lacing. Nose is big on citrus, pine, and a general giant barrage of hops and lemony goodness. Flavor is huge on citrus, grapefruit, some tropical influence, big pine, etc. Finish is real bitter and has a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. Very tasty, impossible to stop drinking. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1276) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2008
[Bottle, thanks Guerde] Pours amber with a small off-white head that leaves good lacing on the glass. Really nice big citrusy aroma; tangerine, grapefruit rind, lime, maybe even some lemon, also noticed some little grassy notes towards the end. Taste is predominantly grapefruit with a solid caramel backbone. Good mouthfeel with a fairly long, dry finish. A very good IIPA...but I would still take fresh Hopslam over this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2008
(bottle, generously sent by Sparky27, thanks Eric!) pours hazy golden orange with a soapy white head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is full of citrus with orange peel, tangerine, mandarin oranges, a sweet undercurrent of caramel, The caramel starts to dominate as the beer begins to warm, with a slight scent of pepper as well. The taste is loaded with citrus, orange, a lot of lime, pineapple, and some caramel as well. The mouthfeel is medium with a lingering bitter finish. Quite a solid IIPA.

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