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RATINGS: 2724   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
elcaballo (101) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
exceptional hop flavor in this, the hops are jst bursting out this and it avoids the sweetness and thickness that i find in so many dipas and that what makes this beer stand out. the bitterness hits like a hammer but does not linger unpleasently. Most striking is the amazingly dry finish. Probably the best beer i have ever had

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
on tap at brewery. Good hoppy beers. Reminds me a lot of Stone brews. Strong in every way but fairly well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Man do I enjoy this brew. Intense, huge hops, grip and a long finish. But will caressing texture that binds the nose to the finish. Maybe the textbook example of how great DIPA’s should taste! Had to keep the score somewhat low as the Younger is of another world. Cask at O’Briens’s SD, it didn’t last long. 30 minutes or so. Cask Conditioned Pliny Elder, a very rare treat. Great nose, even better texture and an explosive mid. Maybe less on the pine, but the main difference is the mid palate. Though it was huge and dominating. Maybe a bit more amber? and I thought a tad more sweet though others didn’t. Really excited to try and felt it was different and maybe a tad better than regular kegs. Some felt recent bottles are the best Pliny Elders because the freshness. Would not pass up on another opportunity to try a cask of Pliny. Score goes up a tenth of a point from cask...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Well, I have been regularly consuming this beer for years now but now noticed that I never rated it. Well, since we have bottles now, this is the bottled version that was bottled 2 days ago. It pours with a nice orange copper color and a nice fluffy medium sized head. The aroma is very pleasant and strong. The fresh hops aromas just start flowing out of the glass. The flavor is as expected" lost of grapefruit and pines, a bit of caramel in the back. The finish is insanely bitter. One of the great DIPAs. P.S. I wonder if I should age it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6356) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
on tap,color of fresh orange juice, nose is a huge pine tree but flavors did not keep up with the aroma, flavor was not nearly as pronounced and lasting as the Younger, finish is good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
larryLSB (480) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
On tap at the Brewery. Great nose, lotta hops. Beautiful dark gold color with nice big white head. Great taste, just what I’d expect from a beer like this. Nice aftertaste. Overall one of the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Tried at Toronado SD. Pours orange with a big cream head. Aroma of big hops, mostly pine. Taste is similar with some malty sweetness to balance the hop load. Finish is nicely bitter. Mouth is thick and stickey.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 An incredibly good DIPA. On tap at Father’s Office. Pours with a large, thick, off-white head covering a slightly cloudy orangy body. Aroma is quite nice blend of toffee, some spice and lots of pine. Taste is very piney, with some spicy hops and a nice sweetness backing it all up. Great aftertaste and the alcohol strength in the taste is quite nice as well. Lightly bubbly with a syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 Bottle and probably my favorite Dipa. Pours a dark copper amber body with an off white head. A beautiful grapefruit nose. Hoppy sweet and piney, citrus, orange and earthy. Flavor is sweet grapefruit and pine. Wow this beer is outstanding, even better fresh out of the bottle. Incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (10412) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2008
On draught at Pizza Port Solana Beach. This beer pours a clear orange-gold color with a thin and foamy light beige head that recedes steadily. Sticky sheet of lacing on the glass. The nose is seriously hoppy with notes of pine and citrus, as well as some bready malt. Rich and hoppy character with flavors of grapefruit and pine, plus a sweet malt underbelly. The finish is resiny hops with a lingering bitterness that lasts awhile. Very good IIPA all around.

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