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RATINGS: 2546   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 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Taster at Stone 9th Anniversary Festival. The aroma hits you in the face, you are thinking of xmas tree trimming. But hops is what I was craving and althoug there was no shortage of brews that fulfilled, this one hit the sweet spot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Had on draft at RFD in DC on September 4th, 2005. Amber body with a small white head. Nose is unadulterated hops - pine, citrus and light earthy hops. As it warms, some caramel sweetness tris to poke it’s head through. Taste is big hops but there is a nice malty and caramel sweetness to balance this, Lots of fruit (citrus), sweet malts, earthy hops, and pine. Body is full with a moderate carbonation feel and lingering hop bitterness. Finishes with lots of fruit (sweet tangerines and orange peel), hops and sweet malts (maple as well). Awesome beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2005
On tap at the 2005 OBF. Pours a lightly hazy orange with a white head. Big grapefruit citrus hop aroma, so floral and fresh it makes you lightheaded as it is hard to stop breathing in. Just a very nice massive hopped IIPA without any harshness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
On tap at the Drafting room in Exton, PA. Poured a lighter golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas and tastes of citurs, with some light pine. Light maltiness in the finish. Starts medium bitter and ends lightly sweet. Lacing left on the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Had it on tap at Rosie & Joe’s. Solid Imperial IPA. Pours a clear golden with a huge frothy white head that cannot be beaten back. Strong citrus aroma. First taste is massive hops, but then immediately dissipates. Finish is uncharacteristically dry. They compare it to Stone, so I will: this is a great Imperial IPA, but the Ruination has the edge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Hununnnnhhhunhhhhh.. was in the mood for hops and this cuts a swath in the lupulin forest and calls like a beast looking for tongue. My god this is fabulous. All hail Vinnie! Being at Toronado w. Joe & Rich and plate of schwrma completed the picture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (987) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2005
On tap at Mahar’s in Albany. Nice smelling, looking and feeling beer. Unfortunately it didn’t have a nice layered hop flavor I had hoped for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. I saw this beer on the board when I walked in and knew what I was drinking tonight. Aromas are almost pure grapefruit. Flavors are more citrus and coastal sage. Hops Hops Hops. This is a very hoppy beer. Very green and floral. Fresh tasting and fresh finish. And hoppy too. Good Beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Nice, nicer, nicest. Great hop profile, both in aroma and in flavor. Small head, nice golden coloring. Citrus nose, and a nice lemony/orange flavoring. The hops are all around. Malts seem to fade in the background, though they are there. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 26, 2005
This beer is definitely one of their best, but will always fall short to Pliny the Younger. It is often easier to get than Pliny the Younger, so it also has that going for it. This is an exceptionally strong IPA with a TON of hop flavor. Surprisingly balance with not an overwhelming sense of bitterness. Smells a great deal like pine and sour citrus. This is a great beer and would put a smile on any hophead’s face. Very well done.

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