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RATINGS: 2366   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (9062) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2005
On tap @ Russian River poured a clear bronze with a minamal off white head. Smooth but resiny palate. Bitter pine flavor with carmel and a pleasently bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3189) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Draft at Capital Ale House, delighted that the Russian River stuff is heading out here finally! Medium gold, orange, nice and compact creamy head. Aroma was pleasant, citric with grapefruit and orange notes, definitely hop focused. Flavor was almost all hops, with just barely enough biscuit malt to hold it all together. Grapefruit, anise, pine, all working together towards a resinous bitter finish. Nice! Comes up just a little bit of malt short of being a masterpiece.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005
sampled at O’Briens in San DIego. Very hoppy beer with a little maltiness and a very sweet undertone to the whole pint. smells great and tastes even better when it hits your tongue. This is one of my favorite beers of all time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Clear orange amber colour with thin off white head. Robust citric hop nose. Strong hopp taste with mild lingering malt finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2005
BlueDevil0206 and I went up to Richmond on a run for Stone Imperial Stout and stopped in at Innsbrook Capital Ale House to find this beautiful little surprise. Orange/coppery color with a thin white head. Aroma is in your face amarillo hops as soon as the glass was set down. When I first smelled it, I was instantly reminded of DFH 90 min. Some malty notes made their way through the citrussy pine forest in the aroma, too, but hops dominate. Palate is good and full, though not oily. Just a slick, big DIPA. Flavor is incredible as well. Strong citrussy, piney amarillo flavor. Malt is sweet caramel and bread, but it’s very much in the background. The bitterness in the finish was IMMENSE. We ordered samples of 90 Minute, Ruination, and Stoudts DIPA and found them all blown out of the water in terms of bitterness (that gave us a nice perspective on their respective malt profiles.) The bitterness is clean, though -- in your face sharp, but not harsh. Impressive as all hell. I’m excited about the younger.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Wow, what a surprise. Rolled up to the Captial Ale House (Innsbrook) for a Richmond beer run. To our surprise the front cover of the beer menu listed a few Double IPAs and Pliny was one of them. Didn’t see this coming.

Draught. Appeared a orange copperish color with a small white head. Lacing was decent. Aroma was bursting with hops. Everywhere hops. Citrus, piney, floral, spicy hops. Hop heaven. Oddly enough, some great bready/caramel malt notes were in the aroma as well. How they made its way through the hops, I do not know. Flavor was equally hoppy. Floral and citrussy and intense. Bitterness was pleasantly lingering and in your face. Some moderate ester profile was present: slight apple and peach. Doughy malt and some caramel sweetness was also present though it finishes dry without any astringency as I would expect from a beer as heavily hopped as this. Body is perfect for a DIPA and perfectly silky smooth with perfect carbonation. Man I loved this. Side by side with Ruination, 90 minute and Stoudts DIPA, the latter 3 tasted like Sierra Nevada. Excellent beer. Yes this is a 5 to me though let me note that it doesn’t top or equal Dark Lord. It is just the top DIPA that I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2005 Couleur bronze aux reflets orangés coiffés d’une belle mousse blanche pleinement adhérente à la paroi du verre. Très fruités, agrumes variés, énorme verdure rappelant le persil fraîchement haché., un brin d’alcool réussi à passer au travers de ces intenses arômes. Construit sur une très respectable base de malt, vive amertume ne cesse de grandir en bouche tout en restant sur la limite de l’acceptable dans sas balance. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, carbonatation bien active. Un sport extrême exécuté avec classe. Échantillon en fût au American Beer Fest, Boston, 18 Juin 2005.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 Cask @ 05’ Pizza Port Real Ale Fest: Clear orange color, light clean white head. Nose of creamy wang malt flour and grassy strong hops. Nice 2-dimensional hop character with light malts (again). Very strong hops and not much of anything else. Better after trying some off regular tap, a bit more balanced and fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saarlander (1685) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 22, 2005
Had tonight on tap at Hollingshead deli. Great beer, didn’t feel it until about 1/2 hour after I finished it, but it was a really great beer, hops.hops. hops! Alcohol was very well hidden, quite smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Finally got to try this. Had a fruity aroma with a lighter hop background. Very piney hop taste. 100 IBU, but seems like less, maybe around 80 or so, or maybe my palate was extra hard today. Alcohol is well hidden.

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