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RATINGS: 2689   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Thanks to session1979 for this one Growler poured into a pint glass had a good finger worth of off white head that went to a good thick lace .The body was reddish amber in color and clear Growler The aroma of this brew is mostly fresh hops although not as much as expected The growler was a little more than a week old so that may account for it. The pine and citrius still is there but some caramel malt to the nose as well I’m on the second glass from the bomber and I will say that the taste is not what I expected from a west coast DIPA the hop bitter was there but it was well balanced with the malts. Almost a little watery not as oily as I would expect either the carbonation was good. I will have to try a bottle of this one as well to double check this It could be a case of expectations not living up to reality don’t get me wrong the flavors are still great but not as much of a hop bomb as expected I’ve had two pint glasses already and will finish this growler of this afternoon so the drinkability is just fine by me Bottle Revisited this one thanks to the bottle thethrone sent me. This bottle is much better than the growler I received. Clear hazy copper body some small sediment floating in it. Big white head much lace ensues after it goes Aromas’ of big pine and citrus filled the air and my head. Flavors are extremely hoppy and the mouthfeel is nice and oily. Yes I like this beer it is an Incredible DIPA. Drinkability is off the charts. I am glad they started to bottle this; I will defiantly search this one out again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2008 Bottle from Monument Liqour in Concord, CA. Poured a copper color with a good sized white head. Smelled of citrus and floral hops. Tasted of citrus hops, pine hops, whatever hops they could find went into this beer. Too much for me. All in all a good beer, but if you’re not a hop lover it won’t be one of your favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle pours a clear golden color with a nice frothy white head. Has a real nice aroma to it. It reminds me of pine and citrus right away. The mouthfeel is medium and leads into a great upfront citrus blast. That leads to a great caramel malt flavor that finishes with a pine flavor. Overall this is a really nice brew. I am not sure how they managed to avoid hop haze with this one. It was so clear. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aquilo (594) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
This stuff is annoyingly hard to find. But today I found it. And I am not disappointed. Pours light yellow-brown, with a medium white head. Smells like a barley wine. A bit of hops, but mainly rosemary and pine. There is a nice layer of peaches to offset the bitterness. The hops are stronger in the flavor, and there is a resiny pine flavor as well. A bit of lime. I like my imperial IPAs to have a creamier mouthfeel that this. But overall, this is not bad. Not bad at all.

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