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RATINGS: 2791   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 June 27th re-rate. Growler courtesy tpd975. The last growler I got to sample was open for a while and I wanted to give it a fresh rating. Pours the same with a huge off-white head that lasts leaving great sticky lacing. Aroma is more intense with wonderfull notes of citrus, pine, floral, and grassy hops. Every thing else is spot on as before. A damn fine brew!!!

Growler courtesy tpd975. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and grassy hops with a solid sweet malt backbone. Taste is full on pine, citrus, and grassy hops with just the perfect amount of sweet malt to balance it all out. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. This is the most drinkable IIPA ever. If this beer was a woman I would have sexual relations with it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Clear gold body, a tall white head. Very fresh hoppy pine and grassy aroma. Flavor has some bitter honey and floral hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1159) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
At Savor. These folks make great beer! Wonderful control over a hops onslaught from first nose to fantastic finish. This is the ultimate hophead drea, but accessible to those who donít worship the lovely cone. It would be a great beer if I stopped there, but wait there is more. An obviuosly killer amount of malt brings this IPA close to balanced. Enough sweetness to battle the bitterness to a pleasing draw.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4-30-08 growler
Beautiful orange pour with an amazing white fluffy meringue head. Sticky rings of lacing throughout the glass. Smell is huge sweet hops with fresh grapefruit and has a hint of freshly cut grass. Flavor is ideal - perfectly balanced hops. it doesnít scream alcohol or sweetness or hops. It is mildly delicious and balanced. The finish is clean and dry. Perfectly drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. I only wish this were more available. Surely my favorite from Russian River so far.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HopheadJosh (2) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008 does not count
This is the finest showcase of hops Iíve ever experienced. I only get to say that about one beer and I have no hesitation reserving it for Pliny. This beer has a wonderful aroma right up front of fresh hop flowers that will make you declare out loud your love for the vine. This is clearly a distinct experience from other IPAs commonly found in West Coast craft beers. It has a very complex nose that seems to present a cornucopia of aromas with each approach. Hints of Citrus, spring flowers, and even a bit of cannabis can be detected. The texture is thick and as smooth as they come. It pours a shining golden yellow with beautiful white lace and feels much more like a porter or stout going down than an IPA. Iíve found this pairs VERY well with spicy foods, particularly Hispanic cuisine. It also pairs amazingly with caramel, as unusual as that may sound.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 First tasting, really enjoyed this beer. Waiting on a second tasting to be able to better rate. Very clean and a very good IPA, but I did not notice anything particularly noteworthy first time around.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Poured from tap an orangy-blonde with a medium sized ecru head. Huge aroma of floral hops, citrus, and light toast. The flavor dominates the palate with floral hops, pine resin, gratefruit, and a lemony citrus. These flavors are balanced with a huge mildly sweet malt mouthfeel -- almost chewy. Wow, love this beer. If you are tasting many different beers with this one, drink this one last. You wonít want to go back for any other. It dominates.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
From my backlog. Thanks to Jason for sharing this treat. Too bad I didnít get to try the younger. Handbottle by way of MrBendo and mwsf. Still poured a nice frothy foam with nice lacing despite the handbottlilng. Sticky flavour with bits of toffee and pine resin. Wonderful floral aroma that was quite complex in nature. Some grapefruit, lemon grass and pine. A bit heavy on the syrup side of things, but the intense amount of bittering hops helped to keep this in check. Good balance here between the malt backbone and hop profile. Well done IIPA and well being sought after!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
can8ianben (1465) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 Oh man, this was a dream beer for me. If you like big hoppy IPAs, figure out how to get yourself to the Sonoma Valley to try this one. Big and bold in all aspects. Hops create the syrupy sweetness and bold bitterness that has such a lovely grapefruit and pine blend that I could have died and gone to heaven. Next time Iím here Iíll order a big glass or a pitcher. The sampler was amazing, but I was left wanting more of this one in particular. The waiter mentioned that this was the first double IPA ever??!?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 One hell of a birthday gift sent from a friend. Thanks!
Poured from a 10 day old growler. I was worried about it holding up and wanted to get to this promptly and was momentarily worried, when I got no PSSSTTT sound when opening the growler. Poured into a tulip and the head vigorously formed, regardless. Poured a clear, golden amber color with a rich, incredibly long lasting offwhite head that left huge chunks of frothy lacing. Smell was huge piney, fruity, grapefruity, citrusy hoppy deliciousness. Taste is incredibly smooth and clean. Citrusy fresh hops and a hint of a slighly syrupy body, but still just barely medium to full bodied. The drinkability on this was phenomenal and the alcohol was hidden perfectly. Flavor was a touch milder than expected but was still divine and went down like water. Great double IPA. 2.5 week old bottles rerate in 2014.

Oh my tastes have changed. Iím sick of the DIPAs and even this and Heady topper side by side is no exception. Citrusy and piny scent. Slightly dryish taste with pine and grapefruit rind but enough sticky sweetness remains that makes me not want a lot. Still, seems more attenuated or drier than Heady. Not impressed. Would prefer Blind Pig I think as its not as syrupy or boozy.

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