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RATINGS: 2482   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 uncleís 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Handpump(???) at Lanesplitter in Berkeley. Gorgeous: mostly-clear amber with a huge off-white creamy head, mostly still. Aroma is lovely and clean: fresh cascade hops (citrus/pine, slightly floral) over a background of sweet malt. Big bitter kick at first taste, resinous/piney hops are the main flavor component. Grapefruit comes through in the moderately-dry finish. Bitterness and grapefruit flavor lingers. The malt is a bit understated for my taste; could be sweeter. Medium body with a nice alcohol tingle but definitely undercarbonated. Why on earth is this on a handpump? I brought a growler home from the brewery a couple weeks ago, and the carbonation level was much more appropriate, though unfortunately I drank the first glass much too cold and subsequent glasses (days later) showed definite oxidation. Based on a small taster I had at the brewery, it seems likely the beer would deserve a higher rating if served properly.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlySwatter (34) - USA - JUL 11, 2006
Growler courtesy of The Fly. Fantastic hoppy aroma that lingers on and on. great balance between the malts and hops with a nice bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Tap @ Toronado. Transparent and pale golden rod in color with recessing marshmallow lace and a creamy, thin, off-white layer to fill the bill as the well-retained head. Honeydew, simcoe reverence, melon drops, sugary fried grapefruit, honey dipped lemongrass and sugary accolades through the roof. Starfruit, kiwi and dried apricots bring up the aromatic rear. If the nose ran the show, this beer would be filed under "perfect." Fulfilling flavor achieves fruity dryness with orange powder and strawberry kiwi. Subtle flavor composure leads into a bitter exposure that is then translocated to honey brushed grapefruit pulp. Medium bodied, good temperature and great tempo. An absolutely solid, balanced, imperial IPA. Grapefruit and kiwi chunks floating in clementine juice stir up a stark revelation of a dry, clean and bitter finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 Bottle courtesy of cloudskipper. Bottle 071008 and consumed exactly one month later. Pours a pale golden topped by a sticky white lingering head. Gorgeous aroma. Bright clean grapefruit and pine resin with a light spiciness over the top. Lots of light resinousness on the back as well. Crisp maltiness on the back that just lets the bright hoppiness shine through. Zesty and very bright with a long lingering hoppy finish. MMMMM. Why canít I get this stuff here?

Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Hazy light amber beer, thin white head. Beautifully fresh hoppy aroma. Grapefruity citrus, cascade, pine resin. A bit of pepper which adds nicely to the refreshing aroma. Flavour is well-hopped, citrus/pine, a touch of tropical fruit and orange. Strong enamel-peeling resinousness flavour. Great bitter finish. A touch of bready sweetness but only enough to suggest that this isnít straight up hop juice. Oh, yeah, did I mention itís awesome? 9 4 8 5 18

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
What a treat! I was surprised to see this on tap. Iíve read about this, and was wondering if i would get a chance to taste this. Wonderful Hollinghead Deli in Orange apparaenlty has this or one of his nephews on tap regularly. Nice amber color, with good creamy head. Very hoppy/grassy, slightly flower aroma. Very sticky lace all the way down. Very balanced malt and hop flavor, but that could be the hop-head talking. Would love to have a 90 minute, ruination, Buzz Saw, and Pliny the elder taste off. But would need to take a nap afterwards. Love this beer

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2006
On tap at Sputyen. Clear amber orange in color with a little white head. Nice citrusy hoppy aroma. Grapefruity notes. Malty and hoppy flavor. Nice bitter dry finish. Well balanced. Medium bodied. Very nice. It was a treat to drink this.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6517) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 26, 2006
On tap at Russian River Brewery. This blonde ale poured with a thin white head. This beer is very highly hopped! There is a pleasant malty flavor, followed by a long bitter finish. A real treat for hopheads, and a fine brew for all.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Growler: Courtesy of Styles. Great aroma with lots of sweet citrus and grapefruit. Pours a transparent golden-orange with a huge white head with great retention and lacing. Lots of sweet citrus flavors up front. Finishes with a well balanced grapefruit hoppiness. One of the most well balanced IIPAís Iíve had and definitely one of the best.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Growler thanks Styles.. A tad bit of oxidation oh well.. A noticiable aroma of pine with an array of hop aromas citrus, grapefruit and some spice in there. Appearance was a brilliant golden head was minimal due to growlers age. Nice balance to its overall flavors. Not to citrusy malt balances it out very well

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 4, 2006
On tap at OíBrienís. Murkey Sundown pour with a slight head. Huge amount of malts and hops. Grapefruit, pines with good carbonation with a tangy and sweet and salty finish. Problem was it was too resiny for me. Lots of hop resins present give it a nail polish hint. But overall pretty good.


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