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RATINGS: 2768   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1965) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2008
July 2007 - Would love to have this one again. Pour was orange with nice head. Strong aroma of citrus and sweet malt. Flavor was sweet citrusy malts with a wallop of hops underneath. A review below noted a "tropical" flavor, and that sums it up perfectly. Alcohol noticeable, but not detracting. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2008
beautiful and bittersweet Simcoe induced ecstasy in a glass. tap at Liarís Club and Obriens

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 on tap at toronado in san francisco. what a place this is! pours a clear honey color with a reasonable off-white head that lasted a while and laced abundantly. huge pine floral hops smell, with some earthy notes, and a quite strong bready malt. more of the same in the taste, with a cotton candy hops malt interplay -- really solid stuff. big bitter finish, with a slight malt sweetness that provides just enough balance. the bitterness never comes close to being harsh, and iím getting sick of ipas. coating, chewy mouthfeel, with a sort of thick medium body, and lots of carbonation. this is really good stuff. i think the fact that iím getting sick of this style prevented me from enjoying it fully. it reminded me of a dogfish head 90 minute, with the piney floral hops dominating, but it had a deeper and stronger flavor profile than 90. quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
This is THE Ipa. Many claim to make the same, but I have never had anything like it. Pours hazy golden with little head at the RRBC. The aroma is overwhelming. A beer of this nature can often be too sweet with unfermentible sugars. That is what is so unique about Pliny the Elder. This huge ipa is digestible and dry. The bitter is so well balanced with residual sugars. I try to have this beer on a regular basis in the valley and it never fails to impress. P.S. It is pronounced Plin-Eí. Not Pl-eye-nee. At least that was the mans name who this beer is named after.

   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 Flaniganís boathouse in summer 2006, canít believe I havenít 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 thatís 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. Itís hoppy with a citrus finish that gives me a warm glow. I drank about 5 pints of this on tap @ Oíbrienís 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 hasnít 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.

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