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RATINGS: 2768   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Clear golden, Hoppy, citrus, floral, spice, caramel, malty, nutty, very tolorable, and balanced for a double IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2008
On tap @ Toronado SF. Orange with a slight dark tinge, thin even white head. Hop aroma detected from across the table. Rich citrus/grapefruit mix with some floral notes, strong without being overpowering. Smooth taste - hoppy as hell, but not overly peppery or alcoholic. The citric hops linger long on my palate as I anticipated the next sip. Great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Slight hazy orange pour with a white head. Looks beautiful! The aroma is simply amazing. I wish I could get a car freshener that smells like this. It is by far the best aroma I have ever had in a beer. Floral, fruity, peaches and grapefruit as well as bitter piny hops. Intense but not overpowering. Complex with a lot going on. The flavor packs a lot of punch as well. Completely dry but still very fruity. Very balanced with a nice malt back. This stuff is incredibly fruity. I love the double IPA’s but they always seem to have a harsh bitter alcohol end, but not this. It’s got all the intense hop character but goes down incredibly smooth and all the alcohol is hidden. I docked it 1 point because my personal preference is to have a little bit of sweetness in the flavor, but otherwise this is a perfect beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. I had always meant to taste this when I seen it on tap at local spots but just never got around to it until they bottled it. Pours a dense golden brass color with a fluffy patch of white foam. Nose is a fresh and pure serving of wet sticky green hops that are mellowed out and calm unlike some other imperial IPA’s on steroids—not that it is a bad thing to smell an overloaded double IPA. The flavor is pure fresh hops yet balanced with a background of malt and metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1538) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2009 Pours a murky orangeish amber with a *perfect* head. Thick and pillowy with good retention. Aroma is a powerful burst of herbal hops, with a wonderful balance of malts. *Unbelievably* smooth for something at 8% with this much hops. The carbonation is there, and it’s fairly thick, but almost feels as if nothing is in your mouth but a burst of flavor. Has yeasty notes of a Belgian saison-style ale, with (obviously) plenty of hops and the malts to counter. Also notes of grapefruit and light brown sugar. Simply wonderful - a near-perfect IIPA. I cannot wait for this to hit the shelves in Seattle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2303) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 500 ml bottle from Bev4less in Santee. Pours a copper color with a big sudsy white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is on par with the best IPA’s; this one has a big green chlorophyll bouquet with pungent, pollen-loaded, lantana blooms. The taste lacks the big biter hoppy bite that I expect from an IPA. The flavor continues--smooth with mild hops, sweet cotton candy, caramel malts and biter walnuts. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The finish clean and dry. Overall: I have waited a long time to try this beer and it is a great one. It goes down smooth and easy, perhaps the most easy drinking IIPA yet. Congrats to RR for this beauty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Richmond Summer Gathering. 500ml bottle courtesy of cdumler. Clear gold with a small white head. Big herbal hop nose that seemed to morph into grapefruit. Soft malt flavors melded well with the herbal and citrus. A good beer, but don’t get the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oscbert (1214) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
~Pours a light copper color with lasting white head. Good lacing. ~Good sweet grapefruity hop scent. ~Sweet malty and citrusyhoppy taste. ~Sticky creamy feel. Bitter finish. ~A nice Double IPA. Easy to drink and a nice bitter bite!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2008
Tasted @ the Toronado.in SF.
Very nice brew! Citric, hoppy aroma. Strong hoppy flavor, nice smooth hopbitterness. Great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (729) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 22oz bottle. Pours clear gold, strangely lighter than the Blind Pig. Big huge citrus notes in the nose with a lovely floral underpining. Flavor is very hoppy, not really my thing but a remarkable beer because I actually enjoyed drinking a imperial IPA. Very refreshing with perfect malt/hop/carbonation balance. Slightly caramely and with some vanilla bean notes to take some of the bite off the really piney citrus hops that dominate the first 2/3rds of the beer. Very well done. Rerate 3/5/09. Better than I remembered. Complex and lovely. The best of a style I don’t particularly care for.

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