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RATINGS: 2581   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Soft herbal sweetness in aroma, less striking than PtY but still very aromatic and sticky. Prickly mouthfeel, obvious biscuity malt flavor with a subtleness to it that you have to look for. Bright, fairly light finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
On tap @ SDBC. Folks, it doesn’t get much better than this. Hoppy. Enough said.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 On tap at Russian River Brewing Co. This beer exceeded my expectations. GABF 2005 double ipa gold medal winner and now I know why. Awesome hoppy, grassy aroma . From the instance this brew hits your tongue it kicks ass! The flavor of hops, pine, citrus and bitterness explode in your mouth! The flavor lingers in your mouth making you crave more. I had to take a growler of this home with me. If you are a hop-head, you must treat your palate to this exquisite treat!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2005
on tap at The Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA. pours an amber-orange. NO head. very similar to the Blind Pig IPA except it is more hoppy and the flavors are a bit more rich and complex. texture is oily. aroma of piney hops. tastes of mild hops, florals and oranges. bitter at the beginning then settles into the florals. finishes sour like green grapes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2005
on tap strangly enough at the Deli at the Korbel winery. poured no head and a tad on the flat side. I must say that i am a bit dissapointed. aroma is not as big as i would like from such a hoppy beast and. kind of boring after a few sips as this was fairly one dimensional and not super smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Draft @ Najas
Clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Big piney hop aroma is dominating and really opens up nicely as the beer warms up. Big hoppy flavor from front to back. Very long finish with both hop flavor and a moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
Biscuity malts are subsumed with resinous pine and orange blossom scented hops in the nose. Clear golden body is topped by a generous and lasting white head that well. Resinous spruce, pine, orange and grapefruit hop flavours are strong though there is also an equally strong sweet malt profile that is balanced by the assertive, green bitterness that is somewhat rough. Dry medium body with lively carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - DEC 2, 2005
Pours a clear burnt orange with a huge white, highly aromatic head. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. Smells of extreme hops - pine, not as floral as other IIPAS, some citrus (grapefruit and perhaps bitter orange?). Tastes like pine, citrus, and intense hop bitterness. MEdium body, slightly chewy. Not a lot of carbonation. Crisp with a bitter pine finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Large hop aroma with much the same on the palate. Citrus in there as well. I was extremely pleased with this beer and was lucky to catch it on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1883) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Thanks to RB.com I’ve heard the name ’Pliny the Elder’ but knew nothing of the beer or who brewed it. After sampling this Russian River offering I can tell you Pliny is one hell of a 2XIPA. Large hop nose, grapefruit flavor and overalll a well polished glass of hoppy delight.

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