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RATINGS: 2450   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 6, 2005
GABF 05- Pours a golden yellow, nice sized white head. Aroma is grapefruit lemon, citrus hops, very pleasent and strong. Flavor is more big resinous hops, great flavor to it, malt adds a nice little something as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Piney, reisiny, sticky hoppy nose. Very sharp and full hop with a nicely balanced malt bill. Very enjoyable and more complex that the younger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is pale yellow with a thin white head...smell is hops...pine...just hops in the flavor...nothing but hops...sort of unreal...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Clear, deep golden body with a dusty white head and light notable viscosity. Pleasing array of juicy hop characters in the aroma. Light toasty sweet malt notes come through, but quickly fade into the background. Nice, crisp hop delivery with firm bitterness and noticeable but smooth alcohol. Consistently superior to its brasher, grassier Younger descendant. Pliny the Elder is a semi-regular staple and I’m damn happy about that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Golden color rocky white head. Big crisp hop aroma lots of citrus grapefruit and tiny sweetness. Palate is carbonated well coated and creamy. Flavor is IPA good lots of nice citrus bitter some light fruits. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Big hop aroma with somewhat grainy notes. Light yellow with a solid head. Massive yet not out of control hops that meld well with fruitier than normal citrus flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
i love IPAs and this might be my favorite on to date.....i would really like to try this and yulesmith side by side for comparison....very citrusy and piney

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 Yellow gold. Impressive layer of sticky, rocky white foam. Huge sappy nose of grapefruit, lemon oil, and pine. Beautifully bright and floral. Semi-fuzzy carbonation, but plenty dense. Opens with a juicy blast of oily, palate coating resins. Pungent? Yes. But there’s enough pristine brightness and oiliness to match. Soft inklings of honeysuckle and bitter tangerine peels take the backseat to a tight wallop of bitterness, though the body remains awash with fresh peach and grapefruit succulence. Doughy malt flavor and toasted grain sweetness tease the palate as it warms. Finishes with a growingly brash hop edge, yet remains extremely polished and balanced by a cleansing alcohol trail which lifts the resinous cling and unveils a crispy base of nuts and lightly toasty malt husks. Out of this world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 (on tap @ toronado)the elder poured a clear yellow/orange with a nice white head that left thick webbing as it sat.the aroma and taste consisted of sticky,resonous hops.it was the signature west coast citrus/pine style hops that i love so much.the mouthfell was full and sticky as well.this was outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
Draught sample at O’Brien’s, San Diego. Sweet merciful CRAP, this beer is hoppy! Grapefruit and orange and pine, oh my! I know I should probably give it a hard time for being so obnoxiously one-dimensional and over-the-top, but I just loved it so much...

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