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RATINGS: 2703   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 14/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2007
On tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Hazy amber gold with a 1-finger beige head. Very sweet aroma with loads of fresh grapefruit, slightly floral. Heavy mouthfeel, modest carbonation, sweet malt, and ridiculous amounts of grapefruit/resinous hops leading to a dry bitter finish. The alcohol is certainly apparent but not harsh. A bit of a syrupy quality late in the pint. BIG in every way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Extraordinarily balanced. Huge aroma followed by some extremely palatable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pinolian (3) - pinole, California, USA - JUL 22, 2007 does not count
The combination of hops and malty finish is incredible. This is definitely top five double IPA’s on California brewers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 handbottle...thanks Richard....aroma: HEAVENLY. guge bouquet of citus and very heavy on the pineapple. this one was literally bursting out of the glass. had a nice sweet quality to it that made it even more pronounced....appearance: amber. golden brown, lightly carbonated, and small,skimpy white head (not a bad thing).....taste: very strong citrus hop component but not ovewhelmingly so. finish had a bitter sensation to it that lasted for quite a while. also quite dry.......i could have never tasted this, the aroma was sooooo good. very nice DIPA.

Had this one again at O’briens on 3/3/08 and only thing to add was that the bitterness was more quaffable this time around. really fresh on the piney hops and lingered on for a bit but wasn’t as astringent as the time before.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2968) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2009 Hand bottle courtesy IrishBoy via trade. Pour was amber with a frothy white head showing, fairly quickly diminishing. The aroma was strong citrus, sweet citrus, yum. The flavor was sweet fruity malts, very well balanced with a firm citrus hop presence that had some piney resinous bite, none of the bitterness lost in the rich malts. Slight vegetal or herbal hop presence under everything, mouthfeel was full bodied within the style only light to moderate carbonation, perhaps lost in the hand bottling, yet still very enjoyable. Rated with a curve for mouthfeel, but otherwise excellent. Thanks so much, Rich! Re-rated at SL as shared by Gabe or Steve, June 09: Similar experience, but this bottled version seemed to have a styrofoamey taste, somewhat disappointing considering an official bottling.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
j210277 (5) - USA - JUL 19, 2007 does not count
Definitely one of my top 5 beers, and just around the corner from my place. What more can a man want.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 On tap--Toronado, SF. Fantastic grassy smell. Golden, clear. [Tasted next to a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid] This is a lighter color--clear golden. Very hop dominated and a beautiful, full-bodied sting, but not quite malt balanced enough. Who knows--it all comes down to taste and taste changes even within a single beer fanatic. No doubt a fantastic double IPA that I will never turn down I actually prefer the Hop Stoopid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Draft at Stone Brewery. Aroma was of some caramel malt, with floral / citrus / and tropical hops. Flavor was similar, very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Duane shared a hand-bottle from Styles. Thanks guys, this one has been on my want list for a while, and I’m leaving it there because it was so good! Amazing IIPA. Clear copper pour, which honestly discouraged me a little bit. I was surprised it was filtered so much. Aroma quickly took my fears away. Fruity and citrusy hop aromas are huge. Same with the flavor. Very smooth and easy to drink. Exceptionally well balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1148) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2007
On tap at Toronado. Pale in color but not aroma, it’s bursting with american hops. Extraordinarily balanced in the flavor but the balance melts away into a thorough - and enjoyable - bitterness. It’s almost worth a trip to San Fran just for this on draft.

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