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RATINGS: 2725   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 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 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 itís 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!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13228) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 Draft at the brewpub. Huge aroma of grapefruit - but so much it was nearly resin. Golden color with a beige head that looked almost whipped cream in texture. Tiny bubbles. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Grapefruit and a touch of resin for flavor. Pale malt sweetness in the background. The finish is not that dry, but the bitterness stays with the edges of the tongue. Clean and refreshing. 08/17/2014: Still good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 Had this stuff on tap at The Hopyard in San Ramon, CA. This stuff is amazing! Very piney - and very strong in flavor. But donít let that scare you off - itís very good. The hops hit you from the first sip and donít let go for quite a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2007
On tap, PP Carlsbad 9/17/07. Second time Iíve had this glorious beverage, last time was at RR in jan 2007. Pours a deep golden amber color with nice white foam that leave great lacing. Flavor is a beat down of hops, but never completely over the top, just full of piney goodness. Just a fantastic beer, I dread the day when I can find this within driving distance for I fear I may slip into a Pliny induced hell that I may never escape.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (3222) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2007
On Tap at the BP Clear unimpressive looking light yellow amber. Another very nice merengue looking head. What is it with rhis place. Nice citrusy aroma and huge flavor of grapefruity hops. Some sweet carmel malts come through but this is bigger and much better balanced than their other two medium weight hop bombs. Again more IBUs thn I would have guessed. That and the 8 ABV are sneaky. This DIPA is all that they say YUM

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Had this from bottle from a growler. I am glad that I was able to finally get my taste buds on this as I have had the younger long ago but just could not seem to get this one. This is one of those macically done IIPAís that have complex blend of an exotic fruit salad. Tropical fruits like mangos blended with a mix of very ripe citrus. heaven.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2007
(Bottle thanks to Ughsmash) Pours beautiful hazy, glowing yellow-ish orange. Fat hop aroma with strong notes of pine, apricot, grapefruit, orange, tangerine and flowers. Tropical tones of pineapple, starfruit and mango. Undertones of sponge cake mixture, resin, green pepper honey, strawberries, white bread, oregano and some almond glue-ish hints. Very hoppy, very fruity and a nice, balanced malt sweetness in flavour along with a decent bitterness. Pine, orange peel and grapefruit comes through as the most notable hop tones flavour wise. Sponge cake and green pepper are other things from the aroma that are represented in the flavour. Salty, clean but smooth mouthfeel. Bitter finish with tropical fruits lingering. Medium full bodied. A fantastic and lively beer in the grey zone between IPA and IIPA. Love it.

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