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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2007
Amber with a nice lasting head. Aroma was rich of hops, citrus, pine and herbs. Flavour was rich with a great balance of malts to match the zealous hops. Full and flavourful with a nice hop and dry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
A Mes rate: Handbottled sample while at ZBF. A healthy serving was kindly poured into my glass by Mads. Yet another HUGE thank you sir. Jeeeeesus WHAT a smell. More than anything (superb quality of the rest of it aside) this is all about the smell. Imagine a perfect summers day and laying in a field filled with the most aromatic smells that summer has to offer. Pine, spruce and a full rack of even the most impressively stocked kitchens spice and herb rack. Was funny to watch the sheer glee on the face of every one who smelled this. My glass seemed to last a hell of a long time and I eventually realised it was because I was just sat there sniffing at it rather than drinking it. The flavour follows on where the aroma left off. It’s a full on hops fest. All the same stuff as the nose really but who are we to argue. Almost chewy in the body superbly balanced, herbacious, floral and as Mads noted a infinitely satisfying warming finish. Truely sublime on every level but that smell... it is clearly one of the best experiences a man could have. Almost a crime to drink it but hey, its just so tasty. I owe you one Mads.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (11065) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2007
Handbottled. Courtesy of mwsf - huge thanks. Light orange coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Impressive looks. Aroma of pine, flowers and light herbs. Is quite spiced. Balanced and smooth aroma. Flavour lives up to the aroma without problems. Herbal, sweet and flowery. Loads of pine and spice. Flavour as well is very smooth and balanced. Impressive and complex. Is quite full bodied and has a distinct dryness. Has a warming herbal bitterness in the end. Great, great brew, that I can only thank for again. One of the small miracles that happens when you meet kind ratebeerians around the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1945) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Coppery brown with big dimpled whipped cream head. Sweet floral aroma with all the standard stuff... citrus, pine etc. Fantastic beer, but not clearly head and shoulders above its ilk, as had been hyped to me before. I am looking definitely forward to the younger.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Sampled on 2/17/07 with turdferguson and the rest of my wife’s family. Aroma is pine, orange peel, floral hops, honey. Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Flavor is pine, grapefruit, bready malts, yeast and palate is creamy. Overall yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
riversideAK (5827) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 There is a total pine and grapefruit aroma coming from this beer. Bitter, bitter, bitter with great pine and citrus and light sweetness. Body was pretty full of hop resin, but was still not too hard to drink. A damn fine IIPA. God I love this stuff. I wish I could get it up in WA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8795) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2007
Bit disparate fluffy white head over pale amber beer. Overwhelming grapey, hoppy aroma, hopoils festivity, delicate, yet in force seapine aroma. Less overwhelming hopstaste, oily, again grapey, slightly piney, and fully lupuline. But there is a cornflakes underslung, giving a distinct sweetness which makes it even more like half-dried, bitterish sultanas. Oily , slick; neither watery, neither thick in texture. I had expected much more explosive hops - but then again in this no trace of any metallic let alone quinine bitteness as in some hopmonsters. Thanks to Alan C for bottling and bringing this gem over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2007
What a beer. A powerhouse Imperial IPA sampled in San Diego at O’Briens. A solid performer with a super strong IPA finish with a enormous amount of hops. Pour was strong with a thick lasting head and a dark brown cloudy appearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Rogue Ales, San Francisco 7/4/06. Tap. hazy golden. Nicely balanced citrusytaste with good malt back bone without being overly bitter. Not as refreshing as Lou P Lin 2X but still very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
undsioux7 (868) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 On tap at pub. Can’t give specifics, but this was a great Double IPA, with just the right amount of bitterness, aroma, and sweetness. Very drinkable and not cloying sweet like some others. Re-rate. Just the right amount in the aroma, piney, just the perfect amount of bitterness. Very drinkable. I love it

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