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RATINGS: 2437   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 16/20
notalush (4748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil - extremely smooth and drinkable for a double IPA - the hops certainly pack a punch, but don’t destroy your palate like a lot of other west coast IIPAs - because of this, the fruity malt sweetness doesn’t have to be so powerful either, creating a great balance and drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Clear orange with a very creamy white head. Strong mellon and grapefruit hop aroma with hints of orange peel. Hoppy bitter taste with some orange. Long thin dry bitter body with loads of alcohol. Although this was a great brew, in my opinion it wasn’t as bitter as I’d have liked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 Poured light golden with a thick white head. Good retention and lace. Aromas of graitfruit, citrus, pinapple, mango and orange enticed me. The taste did the same. Graitfruit is not a fruit I care for, however it worked for me here. Perfect palate because of the smoothness. Drinkability was exceptional for Double IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2006
(02.04.06) On tap at RFD Washington, Washington, D.C. Leftovers from RFD’s Lupulin Slam III Festival held in late January 2006. Light golden amber having a giant white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Mouth-watering hop aroma. Medium bodied ale that starts with light sweet malt and hoppy/resiny pine flavors. Finishes with light hop bitterness. Well-balanced with pronounced assertive hop profile. Nice firm malt foundation to support the giant hop flavor. An excellent hoppy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 Bottle courtesy of BeerandIT on 04/30/2009. Slightly hazy pale amber body with a medium frotyhy off-white head. Citrus, piney and resiny hop aroma. Sweet citrus pine and resiny flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 8/4/8/4/17 - 4.1 02/08/2006: Clear amber color with a cramy white head. Mild hoppy aroma. Bitter flavor while somewhat syrupy. 7/4/9/4/16 - 4.0

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2006
On tap at Spuyten. Pours a clear light amber, almsot a plisner like gold. Very sticky and rocky white head and great lacing. Aroma is very sharp and pungent with grapefruit and pine hop character. Some mango hoppiness and sweetness in the flavor with more pine in the end. Orange and citrus all the way through. Sticky hoppy bitterness in the end. I felt that this was hoppier, more bitter, and yet more balanced and easier to drink than say a ruination for example. This is a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Sheesh. What a beer. Vinny is an incredibly talented brewer and one that I admire. This one makes lager lovers simply cry. First, pour is a golden orange color with minimal head. To say there is hops in the nose is to say that Frank Sinatra had a decent voice (for my buddy Bri). This is one major hoppy SOB and its phenomenal. I think that after trying Drakes Denogginizer and then this in the same week I’d better let my taste buds rest a week or so. Not sure if they can stand up to the onslaught that is hops. WOW. GET THIS WHEREVER YOU CAN!!!!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Draft @ Najas from early December. Golden clear pour with decent head. Big citrusy greapfruity aroma with a touch of oranges, and a very nice malt backing. More light-caramel malty flavors with generous amounts of citrus greapefruit-rindy and pine hops. Well balanced for me. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2006
On tap at the Pizza Port brew pub in San Clemente, CA. Beautiful, clear golden coring with a nice, creamy, even froth. Luscious aromas of cookie dough and freshly baked bread underneath the wonderfully hoppy residue. Nice lacing on the glass. Towards the finish, some notes of carraway and cardamin seed shine through. Very piney hops resin coats the tongue. Yummy. Clean finish to a very nice hoppy IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Sampled at Lupulin Slam III, 2006. Wow. Beautiful clear copper with a thick off-white head. Intense piney grapefruit PacNW hop aroma. Flavor is just beautiful; notes of pine, lemon, grapefruit and spiciness underneath an undercurrent of sweet pale malt and a little caramel. Medium bodied with with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. My only criticism is that it could have a little more body. Great head retention. Awesome beer.

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