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RATINGS: 2567   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (933) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Growler shared at the Columbus Tasting V, brought by moejuck via trade with ty592, big thanks go to all involved. Ornage pour with an off white head. Killer aroma of resiny hops...lots of pine and grapefruit, perhaps a bit of lemon zest as well. The flavor was bitter, resiny hops jsut about all the way through...amazing amount of flavor to where the intensity doesn’t die down, but none of the elements are overpowering(unless of course you’re looking for a strong malt backbone, which I was not). Smooth mouthfeel, bitter throughout with a bitter/clean finish. A hop lover’s dream come true. I actually recall smelling the empty growler long after the beer was poured...amazing stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
On tap from Pizza Port in Solana Beach.Nice murky golden hue in appearance. Medium white head with beautiful lacing. Aroma was awesome with pine, bannana, pineapple and pear. Smooth on the palate with a strong dose of hops and bitterness. Crisp lingering finish. An excellent Double IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
acearl (401) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2010 Hop, hop, hoppy...Yellowish in colour, white lasting head, bitter, creamy and flat, had this on tap and it was very complex, hops were floral and perfumey...Most enjoyable!!!Re rate 3/13/2010...On tap and in bottle, orangey goloden hue with white creamy head, light lemon citrus, medium mouthfeel, way lighter than other imperial IPAs but much more drinkable, smooth and balanced, slight bitterness in the back, rates near the best for a reason.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2007
From growler obtained in trade. Coolest looking growler out there. Big frothy white head, aroma is all citrus and pine,absolutely no malt making its way through,taste is a silky smooth pine and citrus with a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness ending in tongue twisting bitterness. With every passing swallow,the beautiful pine fragrance becomes stronger,towrds the middle the malt is there strictly in balancing,you don’t actually taste it the hops overcome all. Classic

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2007
Amber with a nice lasting head. Aroma was rich of hops, citrus, pine and herbs. Flavour was rich with a great balance of malts to match the zealous hops. Full and flavourful with a nice hop and dry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
A Mes rate: Handbottled sample while at ZBF. A healthy serving was kindly poured into my glass by Mads. Yet another HUGE thank you sir. Jeeeeesus WHAT a smell. More than anything (superb quality of the rest of it aside) this is all about the smell. Imagine a perfect summers day and laying in a field filled with the most aromatic smells that summer has to offer. Pine, spruce and a full rack of even the most impressively stocked kitchens spice and herb rack. Was funny to watch the sheer glee on the face of every one who smelled this. My glass seemed to last a hell of a long time and I eventually realised it was because I was just sat there sniffing at it rather than drinking it. The flavour follows on where the aroma left off. It’s a full on hops fest. All the same stuff as the nose really but who are we to argue. Almost chewy in the body superbly balanced, herbacious, floral and as Mads noted a infinitely satisfying warming finish. Truely sublime on every level but that smell... it is clearly one of the best experiences a man could have. Almost a crime to drink it but hey, its just so tasty. I owe you one Mads.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (10592) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2007
Handbottled. Courtesy of mwsf - huge thanks. Light orange coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Impressive looks. Aroma of pine, flowers and light herbs. Is quite spiced. Balanced and smooth aroma. Flavour lives up to the aroma without problems. Herbal, sweet and flowery. Loads of pine and spice. Flavour as well is very smooth and balanced. Impressive and complex. Is quite full bodied and has a distinct dryness. Has a warming herbal bitterness in the end. Great, great brew, that I can only thank for again. One of the small miracles that happens when you meet kind ratebeerians around the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1842) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Coppery brown with big dimpled whipped cream head. Sweet floral aroma with all the standard stuff... citrus, pine etc. Fantastic beer, but not clearly head and shoulders above its ilk, as had been hyped to me before. I am looking definitely forward to the younger.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Sampled on 2/17/07 with turdferguson and the rest of my wife’s family. Aroma is pine, orange peel, floral hops, honey. Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Flavor is pine, grapefruit, bready malts, yeast and palate is creamy. Overall yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
riversideAK (5695) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 There is a total pine and grapefruit aroma coming from this beer. Bitter, bitter, bitter with great pine and citrus and light sweetness. Body was pretty full of hop resin, but was still not too hard to drink. A damn fine IIPA. God I love this stuff. I wish I could get it up in WA.

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