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RATINGS: 2807   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 Bottle shared by Crosling, thanks man. Poured a clear golden-copper color with a thick off-white head that slowly diminished to a layer and left decent lacing. Aroma of moderately resiny, oily hops with some light citrus (grapefruit and orange, predominantly) and a hint of pine. Light, sweet maltiness with a bit of citrus leads into a earthy hoppiness with a bit of light pine in the finish. Nice carbonation and a pretty light hoppy bite. Pretty good for an IPA , but doesn’t seem at all like an IIPA, but it seemed more reserved and balanced than I anticipated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
scoth (667) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle dated 073008. Pours cloudy and golden. Thin head, and not very much carbonation, but nice lacing. Effervescent smell of pine and grapefruit. Smooth and delicate palate. Wraps your tongue with a delicious bitter hop flavor, and a understated malty sweetness. Consistent taste from beginning to end, closely matching the smell. Bitterness is mild and nicely-balanced for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
500 ml bottle, dated 073008. A great hazy apricot color with just the lightest lacy off white left after the dense initial head dissipated. Smell is more full and rounded than many sharp IPAs. Great hoppy smell, with fresh green grapes hidden, and alcohol. Roasted first flavor. IPA/hoppy sharpness is not shockingly strong and likes the back of my tongue. It’s not overly sharp, nor is it overly sweet. It’s hard to describe the dominant taste sensation. There IS a big taste there, just not comparable to other big IPA flavors I know. Very interesting. It definitely sticks to the back of my tongue/throat. I was hoping for a religious experience, but instead I just really like this, and need to try it a bunch more times to understand it, I think. I’m going to give it a rating, but come back and revisit the rating when I drink another, and another... Later, I mean. Not tonight. Hmmmmm. I do like it a bunch, just not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Tasted on vacation in CA. Thanks Jeff and Jer! Amber color, grapefruit and peach nose, with a bright, almost sour edge, may sour cherry. The taste really surprises you. Sweet pine nuts and plum with a grapefruit and bitters aftertaste that only begins long after you have savored the flavor. An inspired brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - AUG 22, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 ++++ Re Rate 29 Sept 2009 ++++
500 ml bottle purchased at Argonaut Liquors in Denver, Colorado. Bottled on 083109 marked on the label. Pour is hazed golden orange with a perfectly formed two inch slightly off white head that falls slowly with think patchy lacing. Wonderfully inviting beer. Aroma is present on pour, big dank resin pine citrus hops. Very natural, soft, rounded and inviting. The malt is present as well, earthy hay and toasty. Nice balance. Taste is big resin hop right away, really grabs the taste buds and goes. The mango pineapple citrus and pine follow shortly after, in concert with the toasty mineral earthy malt. The balance and transition of flavors is just superb. Palate is medium bodied with a nice carbonation, which dries the mouth with a slight bitterness. Such a clean and drinkable beer - no wonder I keep buying it at every opportunity. (9,5,9,4,18 - 4.5)

++++ Original Rating 22 Aug 2008 ++++
500 ml bottle generously shared by mreusch. Bottled 7/10/08. Pour is hazed golden with a two inch white head. Great lacing as it settles. Aroma is really fresh resin citrus hops. Some orange peel in there as well. Great nose. Taste is big hops, resin, pine, some bitter citrus grapefruit notes. There is some malty sweetness near the middle, then quickly drys out to a bitter hop finish. Palate is nicely mouth coating, lingering hop biterness and resin. Wow, this is a nice one. Thanks for sharing this one Matt! (9,4,8,4,17 - 4.2)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 bottle thanks to ricand from BA site. This pours a clear, honey color with a nice white head, which lingered to give good head. :-) Well, the nose on this was quite beautiful with a mix of pine and citrus, but not overpowering. Perfect. The taste was citrus, yet not harsh. Very balanced. Delicious! Mouthfeel was medium with carbonation and bitter, but not overly so. I was tasting this for awhile after and did not drink anything else because I didn’t want to end the sensations of this masterful brew. Downright exquisite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
bottle shared by JMFG: pours a georgeous golden honey with a nice white head. aroma is the perfect hops of a mixture of citrus and earth slight grapefruit and awesome malt. flavour is a great full of hop bitterness earth and citrus twirl together to form almost perfection of the hop, the malt then comes through to give a good balance, fantaastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2008 Amber pour with a very thin white head. Pine and citrus hops as well as a bit of honey in the aroma. Flavor is pine hops, herb, caramel, toffee. Finised very bitter, dry. Only complaint is I’d prefer a bit more carbonation...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerman6686 (6329) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 Poured a hazy orange color with a big off white head. Aroma is incredible, fresh pine trees and grapefruit, slightly under perfect. Flavor is also very tasty, but is a little disappointing for such a great aroma. Excellent pine hop flavor but a little light on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2008 I’m comparing this to Blind Pig, well because BP was incredible. This is not quite as good but still an awesome brew. Aroma isn’t as strong and nice as I hoped for but still good. Hops and pine balanced well with notes of citrus. Appearance is a light gold copper that gets darker as it reaches the top near the thick white head. Flavor is actually on the lighter spectrum of a DIPA. Light on hops, pine and citrus. Palate has good bitterness great mouthfeel. Overall its a really good beer and even better second time around :)

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