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RATINGS: 2724   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 On tap at Flanigan’s boathouse in summer 2006, can’t believe I haven’t rated it yet. Got extremely drunk that afternoon on $5 glasses of this and PLiny the Younger. Took off work early to go to this 5:00pm event. Had it several times since then, all on tap. On to the brew, an incredibly balanced, refreshing IIPA with bursts of fresh west-coast hops. Not overwhelmingly sweet, but has a nice little kick of candi sugar. Wonderful mouthfeel, soft, tingly, and fresh. Slighly subdued aroma and flavor compared to its brother. A great experience to try this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 On tap at the Toronado in SF. Thanks to a rainy day, I had a few of these as well as a few more other pints. It was a good day. Bright hazy golden orange with thin but lasting head and great lacing. Yummy citrus and tropical fruit; sweet; mango, perhaps a bit of sweet ruby red grapefruit. Grass and sweet resin. Floral but not overly astringent. Not too intense piney-ness but hoppy as hell. Just so so so fresh. Somehow thin but not watery.; perfect drinkable mouthfeel. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2008
One of my all time favourite hoppy ales. On this trip, 18 months to the last, my memory is still right. Even at 8% it carries the alcohol well, and the hops just keep assaulting the senses. I would love to see a red version of this ale, but that’s just painting a classic a different colour.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
breals (7) - USA - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
This is one of my favorite beers. It’s hoppy with a citrus finish that gives me a warm glow. I drank about 5 pints of this on tap @ O’brien’s Pub in San Diego.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigJeffHead (7) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
Had two Plinys (Plinies?) at the brewpub while talking beer with Jeff behind the bar (super nice guy who knows his beers). What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Deee-lish! Spectacular balance between malt and hops, visually beautiful, fantastic bitterness. Right up there with 3F Dreadnaught. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
On draft at the Toronado. Golden color, great clarity. Off-white head with moderate retention and good lacing. Strong aroma of hops (resin, pine, citrus, ammonia). Initial flavors are hops: resin, citrus, pine. Noticable ammonia notes as well. Strong alcohol flavor kicks in after a few seconds. Toasty malt notes also apparent. Nice bitter finish. Medium body, Moderate carbonation. Nice long, smooth finish for an 8% beer. Some alcohol warmth and dry finish from abundant hops. A strong beer, but very drinkable considering the high hopping level and fairly high alcohol level. Most excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2008
On tap at the brewery. It was an excellent crafted DIPA. We went on a beer tasting sojourn in the area. Though this was very, very excellent, outstanding IMHO has to go to Bear Republic in Healdsburg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
On-tap. Pours a slightly yellowish, deep orange color. Fluffy white head that fades, but not completely, and leaves a good amount of lace on the glass. Not as aggressive on the nose as one would expect. Grassy with some pine as well, but not bitter smelling, this brew smells somewhat sweet. Tastes more bitter than it smells. Grassy and citrusy. I taste bitter grapefruit as well as the piney, hoppy flavor you’d expect. Palate is somewhat thickish in a good, hoppy sort of way. Nice carbonation that fades towards the end of the glass. Not the best DiPA I’ve ever had, but still very, very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
illidurit (2270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
On tap at Toronado. Nice dull copper color with an inch of off white head. INSANE lacing, the suds are so sticky they’ll probably have to sandblast the residue off the glass. Good retention. If somebody suffocated you with a sack of hops, this would be your dying whiff. Monstrous pine, grapefruit, some sweet citrus, citrus rind, a medley of floral notes. Flavor contains an outrageous amount of hops, but the blend and balance therein makes this beer special. Never acrid or overpowering, the citrusy flavors stand stable. A perfect amount of doughy caramely malt loiters in this festival of hops. Carbonation is crisp, mouthfeel is very smooth. A terminal bitterness dries the mouth. I would power through an entire growler of this stuff if I could keep from passing out. Top notch beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2008
12 oz handbottled courtesy of Irishboy! Thanks Richard! Pours an orange amber color with a medium frothy offwhite head that coats the tulip glass like a sheet. Nose of grapefruit hops that pungent and inviting, sweet malts and some resin. Initial taste light-medium bodied, grapefruit/citrus hops light up the mouth with caramel malt presence. Mid palate to finish with sharp bitterness and mild sweet malts. Palate duration is excellent holding that sharp bitterness. ABV is well masked. Great head retention. Very hoppy & tasty double IPA.

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