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RATINGS: 2691   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
glennmastrange (2465) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2009 Tap. Great aromas of roasted and caramel for the malt, heavy note of pine and grapefruit for the hops, and light smell fo earth and broth for the yeast, with apricot, toffee and the bite of pepper in the background. Head is small, creamy white, with excellent lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic and bitter, then the long finish is moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily and has a lively carbonation. It finishes moderately astringent and has a very sharp bite at the end. A very unique (for me anyway) double IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Not quite as extreme as the younger version but its certainly easier to drink more than one of these. Very piney and grapefruit citrusy. Great body structure and slightly light carbonation. I love hops!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - OCT 21, 2007
A fine, excellence, wonderful, super awesome double IPA - quite possiblty thr best double or imperial IPA possible. Just super hoppy, but not noticible hop overload....well balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
GABF. A great IPA with more IBUs than you would expect, but not noticeable. A hoppy aroma is well balanced with the alcohol content and heavy body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1519) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Draft. This beer deserves every iota of the reputation it has earned. Fragrant hops are earthy, but clean and botanical. Malts and alcohol work in harmony to heighten the sensitivity of the palate and still provide a full, rich feel. Citrus acid and ripe fruit throughout. Sublime. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Pretty much on of those famous beers that I’ve heard so much about and finally had a chance to try. Huge bold hoppy aroma and flavor. Good malt is still around to back it all up. A darn good beer. These guys pretty much set the standard for IIPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Tap. I have to say, I feel a little bit let down here. This was definitely a good beer - thick enough, hoppy enough, balanced, citrus and piney enough, etc. But it’s definitely not as good as some other DIPAs on the list.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Huge hoppy nose. Herbs, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, peach. Mouthfeel starts with a slight citrusy sweetness that fades into a wonderfully crispy bitter exclamation point.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Pint draft at the brewery (x 2). Oh my gosh! This is positively one of the best beers this hop head has ever had. As I recall, the beer was spot on for color (rich amber) and had beautiful lacing throughout the drinking. The aroma and flavor screamed "HOPS!" but was incredibly well balanced with a huge backbone of sweet malts. I would never have guessed this was 8% abv nor 90+ IBUs. But I talked to Vinnie Cilurzo (head brewer) and he confirmed it all, along with its having seven different hop varieties! The man knows how to brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Had it on tap at the brewery while headed north. Very nice IPA, fresh hop tasting while still extremely bitter. Not as extreme as the younger and that makes it more drinkable. Kick ass beer though!!

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