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RATINGS: 2450   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAR 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 second time...a year later that I had this at pizza port sanni. Still not sure what the hype is about. *** on tap pizza port sanni...this beer is a clear golden lager color with no head. Aroma is strong bitterness and its friends citrus and grass. Flavor isnít what I was expecting...or rather...as good as I expected. Itís hoppy yeah...but not that hoppy. Tasted pretty much like a finely crafted IPA...nothing imperial about this one...besides the alcohol which isnít noticeable. Oh well...flavor also has some creamy sweetness and lots of cirtus and pine...a bit of malt too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Tap at The Liarís Club. The beer pours to a clean golden body with a thin white head and excellent lacing. The flavor is a lot like Dreadnaught and Oggiís Hop Juice. Caramel malts topped by tons of oranges, pine, sweet hoppy juiciness. The aroma just insnít there. The palate has some spicy kick to it that Dreadnaught doesnít have. Perhaps itís the yeast that they used? A good beer to be had with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2011 Light copper color, fragrant hop nose, plenty of citrus and caramel malt evident. Sweet malt at the front of the palate, a little caramel and sugarry, but plenty of citrussy hops in the finish. Like Stone IPA but with a sweeter caramel body. ABV bearly noticeable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
Excellent example of the style. What else can you say? Huge hop aroma noticable from at least a block away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Handbottle Serene Bavarian wheat fields on a dusky half clouded morning, brimming with Aegean sea foam, oh-so-white. The olfactories are punched with a Holyfield-esque assault of Great Smoky Mountain pines. It takes me to a campfire on the Mexican border, searing hickory, blue spruce and australian pine into the humours. A small Asian man is cutting lemons, limes and oranges for vodka tonics, rum & cokes, and wheat beers on a sandy Texan barrier island. On the tounge, a paltry ascension of crisp clean linens wafts in a flow of citrus splendor, yet drenched in the syrupy density of turbid malts. Here, Iím stubbled with Mayflies, calling to the low lying blueberry shrubs for a another round. Give me your sweet juices and another afternoon of pescatory adventures. Someone on another boat yells, "Layoff the coriander!" Resins capitulate my taste buds to rise once again. Is there are green fringe to this beer? Delicate. Nicely malted. Fantastic example. Original rating 838417=4.0 on March 8, 2006.

500mL Bottle. After having the Blind Pig, this comes across as so much juicier and crisper. Aroma is a piquant citrus wafter. Pour follows in bronzed gold and a rim in white, clear. Flavor is tight and succinct. Rich citrus-heavy hop character, bright fruits and a delicate, richly nuanced fruity and estery malt profile that beautifully compliments the hops. Stunning, even in bottle form. Thanks Andy! Re-rate: 848417 on September 13, 2008.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2006
On tap at Mugís Ale House. Clear golden color with a small white head. Strong grapefruit hop aroma with a bit of pine and just a touch of toasted malts. Flavor was almost all hops. Lots of citrus and pine with a bit of caramel malt. Somewhat one dimensional to me, but it is one hell of a good dimension. Very rich, full palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Was happy to find this on tap at capital ale house. Got the large beer, so this one started my night off well. Very full flavored beer with obviously lots of grapefruit bitter hops. If you are a hop head, dont pass it up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Tap - Brilliant golden body with a very clean white head that diminishes very slowly. Much more pronounced hops in this beer than the regular Russian River IPA. Heavy citrus is also present. Extremely heavy pines and hop character in the taste, so much bitterness that it almost burns, outstanding! This beer is very similar to the Stone Ruiniation IPA, though a bit more watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 On tap at the pub. Nice deep gold with a white head. Good hoppy aroma with a goodly amount of hoppy bitterness! Rerate 2/11/07 8/4/4/4/17 4.1 Bottle from Odeed; Nose of ivy and a little citrusy hops; clear dark gold with a medium off white head; Flavor is very citrusy with a bigger hop bitterness hitting a second or so later; finish is lightly bitter. Pretty good even in the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Sampled from the unofficially bottled from a 5 gallon keg into 22 oz. bombers by BA RedwoodGeorge, the beer came out well carbonated, and free of oxidation, thanks to the counterpressure filler used during bottling. The body was clear pale in color, and the head was frothy and stable. The aroma was a milder version of the grapefruit and pine hops than the nephew beer. The hop flavor leaped off the taste buds with a citric and salty vigor. The malt was primarily a supporting player here, with a clean unobtrusive semi-sweet character. This was more of a spicy rather than bitter hop profile, which suited me just fine. The mouthfeel was medium and slick, with hops fading off rather than sticking around as a teeth coating film. This beer was very easy to drink, with no hint whatsoever of the 8% ABV. Different than Pliny the Younger in several ways (not quite as sweet, nor as aromatic), but I can still see the family resemblance.

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