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RATINGS: 2476   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2006
Tap @ Union Jackís. Pure hops goodnees with a nice sweet maltiness that balances this brew to make it an amazing experience. You can feel the hops in the aroma. This is top quality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Tap, OíBriens. Pours a medium golden/reddish color. Super hoppy aroma. All of the IPA qualities are there in full force. Wonderful beer full of everything you could want in a 2IPA. Best Iíve had, I think.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2006 My absolute favorite IIPA. Luckily, this beer is found at numerous establishments throughout San Diego. Im glad Vinny is a native Southern Californian! The color, fragrance and taste of this beer is amazing. It truly deserves all of the praise it gets. If you get a chance, you must try this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
6th annual Bistro IIPA fest. Despite the fact that the Younger is slightly more highly rated than the Elder, I prefer the Elder. Somewhat faint, hoppy aroma that I donít really care for. Hazy body with some bubbles. Lighter in color than the Younger. Excellent lace. Noticeably less alcohol than the Younger (8% vs. 11%), but similar taste. Imminently more enjoyable. Nevertheless, this brew is nothing overly amazing. A very nice, very hoppy IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2006
On tap at OíBriens - Deep golden color with a light head that last. Big citrus aroma. Lots of hop flavor with just tad caramel malt sweetness. Medium body. Pliny is the grandaddy of Imperial IPAís, so itís a must try when in So. Cal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2006
12oz bottle hand bottled via trade with awaisanen! - Thanks Andy - Pours deep amber with a short offwhite head that settled back to a ring and laced a little from then on down. Aroma is oranges, pine, grapefruit, and a bit of grass. Flavor is very citrus dominated too. Oranges, grapefruits, pine over caramel malts. Pleasant spicy bitter finish. A nice agressive IIPA. Full bodied and warming with nice balance. Enjoyable!

   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 (3336) - 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.

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