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RATINGS: 2627   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007
Handbottle from MrBendo. Aroma: Lightly sweet maltiness with a touch of caramel. Lots of citrus hop with notes of grapefruit, apricot, and pineapple. Some light pine with a trailing edge of resin. Some great floral aromas. Appearance: Deep amber in color and faintly hazed. Off-white head was full and foamy with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Some light bready malt with a bit of caramel. Ton of hop flavor running the gamut: Piney and resinous, grapefruit and orange, floral and grass. Bitterness is pretty strong, but very smooth at the same time. Dry finish with a bunch of hop flavor carrying over. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: Great IIPA. This was really good from a handbottle, and I have to imagine it’s awesome fresh from the tap.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 Growler from Capone’s tasted head to head with Younger. Nice golden amber color with a small head. Aroma is a pleasantly sweet citrus-floral hop. Flavor is a nice citrus-floral hop presentation with bits of biscuity malts. Really a classic DIPA without the mega stickyness of Younger and other mega-hop members of this category. Well done - If they ever bottled either Pliny it would sell like crazy!!! Awesome brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4558) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2007
Draft at Capone’s. Poured a clear honey amber with an average head. Aroma is all hops with greapefruit being dominant. Very smooth for an IIPA but the bitterness does kick in a little more as it warms. Quality beer all around.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1713) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
Draught at Capones Tasted with the Younger. Golden amber body with thin head. Hoppy aroma - lots of grapefruit. Taste is sweet, grassy with a mouthfeel that is not as thick in syrup as the Younger. Heavy alcohol tasted. Pretty smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
On draft at Capone’s for the Pliny tasting event. Pours clear amber/copper with a one finger thick off white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel malts, and citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet caramel upfront, small touches of fruit, citrus, and a bitter hoppy finish.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alohaC (12) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
On tap at Toronado, Ben n’ Nick’s, Liar’s Club, O’Brien’s and too many times to count, so it’s about time I review my boy, Pliny. Pours golden and slightly amber-ish with a nice, rock steady head. Sticking your nose in the glass in one of the true pleasures in craft beer - lots of sweet, fruity hops and caramel malt in a near perfect symphony. Tastes like it smells, only better. Resinous, sweet citrus hop candy with just the right balance of caramel and biscuity malts. It glides across your tongue and finishes super clean, a bit dry and with no alcohol burn. For me, this beer defines everything a IIPA should be. Extremely drinkable, sessionable - a brewing masterpiece. My favorite/#1/ if stuck on a deserted island beer of choice.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pbrick (13) - Roseville, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
Scores so high because I honestly feel this defines the style. 0.1 left just in case this really isn’t the best double IPA in the world. Wonderful in every way, in every sip - light color, lighter body than expected, wonderful aroma and a taste that is both exciting and wonderful. Bready up front, slightly sweet, quickly followed by the amazing citrus taste and perfect bittering. Finished dry, lingering bittering pleasant and alcohol warmth that is slight, but apparent. I love this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 On tap at Liar’s, Obrien’s, Hamilton’s...etc...I am a HUGE fan of this beer. It has the perfect balance of hops, malts, alcohol, and flavor. Nice blend of citrus, pine, and bittering hops. A great sipper or a good session beer - good for any occasion. Great at 8% and not too in your face. A staple in my diet!

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2007
(On tap - Toronado) Clear, pale amber golden with a small, white head. Very fresh piney aroma. Medium body with a dry malt base and an extremely dry hopping - a bit too dry for me. But a very lovely and complex hop structure. Astringent bitterness in the finish. 290307

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (970) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 11, 2007
F***’n great double IPA, one of the best Ive had, maybe except for Pure Hoppiness. On tap at Liars Club. I was surprised at the color, expected it to be a little darker for an imperial, but the aroma was fantastic. Excellent lacing. Floral, rich and green, smells of pine forest, orange and ginger...and of course the all-glorious hops! What amazed me the most about this brew was the balance, the hops were near-perfectly compensated by the malts, and the palate was not stingy or too bitter for that matter, but polished in a way that makes you look that much forward to the next sip. Bomb!


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