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RATINGS: 2580   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 I guess itís about time I rate this one, Iíve had it on the East Coast, on the West Coast and in between. Recently just had about 8 or 9 tulips between Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hop Devil on the weekend of the January 12th 2007
Always a perfect appearance. Bright and perfeclty-conditioned, with a brassy-gold body with just a tint of deeper copper. White head is painted atop the body, providing moderate lacing.
Keeping with my off-kilter RR reviews (except Damnation and Salvation), Iíll just give my thoughts on this one in no particular order, since already so much has been studied and said about this one.
First off, not nearly as good as P the Younger ;)
More apparent, bare bitterness and not as complex a hop aroma. Pine and citrus dominate the hop schedule, and while there is some excitement added by wintergreen and juicy floral hop notes, it remains pretty citric in the end. Clean, bare, base malt with only a pinch of medium-dry caramel is there in support, but allows the hops to fully glow. High strength of aroma, perpetually sniffable. Clean, flawlessly executed and dry without going overboard on the dryness.
Hop juices, oils and acids all collect on the tongue as significantly more complexity arises out of the flavor than I would predict from the aroma. Nectarines, peaches, mangoes and white grapefruit, with a lime-like bitterness all combine for an intense flavor. High dextrines soften and control the bitterness, for the most part, and allow the acids to more gently cleanse the palate on the end. Malt dosent get in the way, thatís for sure, but it provides strong texture as it should, in a DIPA. A light hint of yeast (b vitamins) is apparent on the end. Hop acids definitely win out in the end, and begin to fatigue the palate over time. The grapefruit and lightly hard pine resin get a bit monotonous as well. But the relative dryness and perfect texture (extremely tight, engaging carbonation) keep it solidly drinkable for its strength.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Enormous props to Ty5592 for sending me a growler of this--my friends were happy too! Wondeful hop aroma with lots of pine and citrus mixed. Nice clear golden brown color. Perfect palate for a double. Fantastic hop flavor with lots of balance. Refreshing and easy to drink--I love this beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Shared at Columbus Tasting V.Very solid hop aroma.Pours gold with a white head.Lots of pine and sweet malt in the flavor.Full mouthfeel with some malt and hops in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Growler shared at the Columbus Tasting V, brought by moejuck via trade with ty592, been waiting a long time for a Pliny to come along: Golden copper color with a white head. Aroma, pine, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, just oozing with hops. Flavor, citrusy hops in mass, pine, great bitterness on the finish. This was phenomenal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Tasted at the Columbus tasting froma growler. Moejuck was nice enough to bring this one along....Thanks Joe! This was a damn good double ipa. Very aromatic with loads of different hops shining through. Nice golden color with a nice white head. Very light and dry taste...which was very easy to enjoy as opposed to the so many double ipas that are so syrupy or sweet. A great beer that I was very happy I got to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Sampled at Columbus tasting. Poured golden orange color. Kind of bubbly, no head, no lace. Fruity, sweet, grapefruit flavor. Some other fruit in there as well with some spice. I enjoyed this quite a bit!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2007
12 oz. @ Hop Devil Grill. Iím not much of a hop head, but I figured I wouldnít be seeing a beer like this on tap in New York for a while and I should be developing my tastes anyway. Had a nice golden hue with some creamy white head. Pleasant aroma of pine and grapefruit. The taste was more on the grapefruity side. Though Iím not much of a fan of grapefruit itself, I did enjoy this particular flavor. Plenty of hop bitterness to go along, as was expected. Didnít catch much alcohol in the taste though and the bitteness didnít linger too long in the finish; both pluses. In my very limited experience, this is a really good IIPA and would love to have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2007
#974, Bottle at the Champaign-Urbana private tasting held at Radio Maria. Hazy more yellow with some copper. No head, thin white rim. Nose is hoppy with pine and some grapefruit. Taste is sharp, piney sweet and tonicy. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Tap at HDG Strong Fest. Light orange color with a modest head. Nice aromas of peach, citrus, tropical fruit and flowers. Friendly citrus/pine hop flavors. Thought I picked up a trace of phenols, but may have been hallucinating. Light to medium bodied and very drinkable. Unfortunately, I tried such a small sample (4 oz Brewtopia glass) that Iím afraid I havenít gotten a full or accurate impression. This one Iíll have to try again if it returns.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
had this on tap at liars club. aroma was sweet orange citrus with touches of spruce. flavor was ton of sweet citrus. finish citrus bitterness. this is a hop bomb but definitely has malt presence that is smooth and satisfying. a very very good ipa

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