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RATINGS: 2450   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
This is my favorite DIPA, hands down. The depth of the hop bill and the perfect malt balance make this one of those beers I can always fall back on. Perfection.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sandler52 (2) - California, USA - APR 20, 2006 does not count
This is one of my favorites, next to SPF 15 from pizzaport. This is a review from memory, so actually I will wait until I fill the growler. What it comes down to is if you like 2IPA, the buy a pint. Thanks Vinnie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2006
Had this on tap at Union Jack’s. In a word excellent. Almost perfect balance of malt and hops. Excellent job on the aromatic hops. very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2006
On tap at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco. Sweet Jesus this is good stuff! Gold with a thick white head. The strong hop aroma smells like pine. Very thick body. Grapefruit anyone? Ouch, this is a gorgeous beer. Has the aroma of a fresh floret of C. sativa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2006
Tap @ Union Jack’s. Pure hops goodnees with a nice sweet maltiness that balances this brew to make it an amazing experience. You can feel the hops in the aroma. This is top quality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Tap, O’Briens. Pours a medium golden/reddish color. Super hoppy aroma. All of the IPA qualities are there in full force. Wonderful beer full of everything you could want in a 2IPA. Best I’ve had, I think.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2006 My absolute favorite IIPA. Luckily, this beer is found at numerous establishments throughout San Diego. Im glad Vinny is a native Southern Californian! The color, fragrance and taste of this beer is amazing. It truly deserves all of the praise it gets. If you get a chance, you must try this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2193) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
6th annual Bistro IIPA fest. Despite the fact that the Younger is slightly more highly rated than the Elder, I prefer the Elder. Somewhat faint, hoppy aroma that I don’t really care for. Hazy body with some bubbles. Lighter in color than the Younger. Excellent lace. Noticeably less alcohol than the Younger (8% vs. 11%), but similar taste. Imminently more enjoyable. Nevertheless, this brew is nothing overly amazing. A very nice, very hoppy IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2006
On tap at O’Briens - Deep golden color with a light head that last. Big citrus aroma. Lots of hop flavor with just tad caramel malt sweetness. Medium body. Pliny is the grandaddy of Imperial IPA’s, so it’s a must try when in So. Cal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2006
12oz bottle hand bottled via trade with awaisanen! - Thanks Andy - Pours deep amber with a short offwhite head that settled back to a ring and laced a little from then on down. Aroma is oranges, pine, grapefruit, and a bit of grass. Flavor is very citrus dominated too. Oranges, grapefruits, pine over caramel malts. Pleasant spicy bitter finish. A nice agressive IIPA. Full bodied and warming with nice balance. Enjoyable!

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