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RATINGS: 2642   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (30256) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2007
(hand?) Bottled. A golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet hoppy and malty with a lovely fresh grapefruit note. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of fruit - especially grapefruit - leading to a good bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Courtesy realale420. Pours a relatively clear copper color with a medium off white head. Big, fresh piney hop aroma fills the nostrils, along with some grapefruit citrus. Smells fresh. Really smooth taste, goes down easy. Seems to be balanced really well. Big hops, but not really bitter as some are. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste, but finishes really clean. Not a monster of an IPA, but a really nicely flavored delicious one. Great hop balance. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2419) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2007
12 oz hand bottled by Brian. Pours a clear orange gold color with a medium white head. Nice lacing. Floral aroma with hints of apricots, grapefruit and pine. Taste is crisp apricot flavor with hints of grapefruit, pine and orange peel. Excellent !! Not on par with the Younger, but exceptional nevertheless. one of the best IPA’s out there.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Draft-A hop lovers dream!!! light, brown in appearance, you get the lacing and the head retention. super piney pnw taste, really crisp and dry. Malts dont ever factor in, at least, on the surface, which I love. This beer is about high quality hops, and a lot of them at different stages in the process. Best beer I have had thus far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - MAY 27, 2007
Birght fresh hop nose - amazing aromas. Hazy orange-gold color, lacy head. Bright high res hp with dry gritty bitter end in the corners of the mouth. Sharp and biting. Too much hops? Nah. This shows quite a lot of control for such an agressive beer. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Draft @ Pizza Port (Solana Beach). Orange in the glass with a creamy off-white head that leaves a thick skin down the glass. The aroma finds hoppy grapefruit citrus with a pine and malt background. Big pine and citrus flavors backed with some caramel malt and floral. Medium body with a moderate bitterness throughout. Very nice!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Far and Away the best IPA i’ve ever had. The Chardonay barrel storage makes this brew exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Handbottle, with an enormous THANKS to john_adam2002 for sharing his acquisition from realale420! Pours a crystal clear golden with a fizzy off-white head that drifts down to a thin covering, little lacing. Aroma is a blast of hops - strong grapefruit, citrus, and just a whiff of caramel maltiness. Flavor is a nice hops bite, but not puckery and sticky bitter, just a long spicy hop finish. Palate is medium carbonation and mouthfeel. I have found HopSlam’s West Coast equal and it’s name is Pliny the Elder! Awesome stuff, and big thanks again to john_adam2002 for getting this into my appreciative hands and mouth! Now I just need to find my own keg, or better yet, get RR to bottle this stuff and distribute my way...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 16, 2007
$4 Poured from tap at Stone Brewery restaurant. Huge hoppy aroma. Stone always does a spectacular job with carbonation: thick creamy, tiny bubble head. Great lacing. Taste has nice hoppy bitterness. Like stuffing a wad of mild hops into your mouth. Very drinkable, especially as it warms up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4356) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
25April07 on tap @ Russian River. orange color. great white lacing. lots of citrus, grapefruit. wonderful hop flavor. light malt character, creamy chewy texture. medium bodied. My glass is sticky.

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