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RATINGS: 2672   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   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 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 16/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
As per the beer advocate suggestions, I poured this beer into a snifter. It pours a reddish amber color with a white head. The aroma is very pungent with piney and citrusy aromas, but also has a subtle sweet aroma. It reminds me of DFH 90 or 120 minute. The taste makes the distinction between this beer and DFH though. There isnít the high residual sweetness with this beer as there is with the DFH varieties. Also, it isnít as bitter as I expected. It is actually a very balanced beer. I detect a bit of grapefruit in the flavor and a bunch of pine. I am not generally a fan of DIPAís, but this is really good because of the balance. My girlfriend is going to CA later this month, so Iím going to have her bring a growler back. I donít know how long it will take me to finish, because it might hard to drink several pints in a row.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MMMBEERLS (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Aroma comes off fruity peach/orange not really the best aroma for what I was expecting. Amber color is reminiscent of every other out there. Flavor was right in the middle for me, perhaps a bit to ordinary? I picked up some acidity in the flavor with slight diacetyl. Heavy on the hops but more earthy than fruity. I would definitely drink again!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
deline7 (13) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Ahhhhhh.....mmmmmm...good. (Inserrt Homer voice) Amazingly clear, aroma of Americana hops, IPA color. Nice medium body with a dry finish. A little clingy bitter finish, I bet they use pellet hops. The hops are great. A nice mix of stuff that does not remind me of just cascade. Very good, very homebrewy. The double iPA is well hidden, like all great double IPAís. Why do west coasters call this a double? This is like a regular Michigan IPA. Being from Michigan I must thank the unknown rate beer person who delivered this to Mike. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Hand-bottled by Richard, aka, Irishboy. Thank you VERY much for this heavenly libation!
Pours a beautiful cheddar amber with an aroma of stark peach picked from a tree that grew amidst a forest of pines. I poured this 20 minutes ago and the aroma is still as strong as it was 20 seconds out of the bottle. Notes of strawberry in there as well. Flavors of pine, grapefruit, orange, cedar, rose, strawberry- all the choice ingredients of a great IIPA. Average mouthfeel, but letís not dwell on small details... This is an OUTSTANDING beer. Utterly, fantastically, and (almost) completely perfect. I feel sorry for anyone who isnít fortunate enough to enjoy this beer. Richard: Send more!!! : )

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MadIndian (2614) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 On draft at capones. GOD DAMN THIS WAS GOOD !!!!! Good hop presence smooth and blended well. I hear the younger is better but this was great. Re-rated in 2014. The best IPA

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
agl108 (928) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 On draft at Caponeís (originally) and several times since including 16.9 oz. bottles. Poured hazy orange with fluffy white head that left wonderful rings of lace. Aroma of freshly cut citrus fruits. Flavor chalked full of fresh citrus fruit: orange, tangerine, grapefruit and peach. None of that tongue stripping bitterness that would detract from such a glorious hop profile. Dangerously easy to drink and sessionable as fuck. This beer is perfection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Hops nirvana with this thing. Sweet without reaching cloying. Gold color. Excellent floral and pine hops on the aroma with mostly citrus hops on the body. Solid finish. GABF2007

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1694) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Tap: Clear light copper color with a wonderful fresh floral hop aroma and light juniper. The flavor is intense hops with a great bitter aftertaste. Your taste buds scream for more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkerofbeers (18) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
draft. poured a clear light copper color. thanks to kenny for this beer. tons of floral and citrusy hop notes. oozes fresh vibrant flavors. extremely well rounded brew. complex and very very drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gail (4) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007 does not count
To my taste this is much better than the too-hot Pliney the Younger. The pleasure of all the flavors hitting the tongue, from sweetness to a complexly hoppy bitterness, make this one of the most dependably delicious double IPAs.

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