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RATINGS: 2779   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 22, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 Golden color with a beautiful thick head that sticks around for a few minutes. Nose of hops, pine and anise. Very hoppy, (obviously) with caramel and a lingering dry and bitter flavor. Alcohol % is well hidden. The hops overpower the palate and subdue the bitter flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Hand-filled bottle from a gracious Californian. Crystal clear, light golden color with a soft, well-retaining, white head. The smell is nothing short of a joyous occasion; some pine resin, lemon, grapefruit, and some extra dankness that reminds one of the tropics. Bitter, resinous pine greets the tongue leading to some lemon and grapefruit, followed by more of the pine resin. Incredibly bitter, yet the hop flavor still overpowers the pure bitterness of it. Soft carbonation at about medium levels, body is medium with lingering hoppy finish. Crazy drinkable. Love this stuff and I wish I had an easier access to it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Light, bright golden pour, soft flittering carbonation slowly cascading towards the peak. A thin white head adorns the top of the body, relentless and creamy. Lacing is sheeted and copious. The aroma is dreamy, the freshest hops rolling from the glass. Notes of soft, distant pine forests, freshly peeled grapefruits, oranges and nectarines, grass notes all over the place, freshly chopped and sanded wood, dried white flower petals, fresh bready malt and a modest yeast backbone far underneath. Alcohol is marvelously masked, this may as well not have any at all. Peppery pineapple nuances seal the deal, this stuff smells heavenly. The flavor is a rush of soothing bitterness and honeyed sweet malts, with notes of rising bread and a plethora of fresh fruits. Grassiness is even more noticeable, riveting in its freshness. Acidity is just high enough to taer through sweetness and esters, dispersing everyhting evenly across the tongue and allowing full analysis at a relaxing clip. The finish is near perfect, with moderate bitterness, sweetness and alcohol warmth all in harmony. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, softly but adequately carbonated, smooth and awesomely refreshing. A superior ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (5499) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2007
This draft brew from the Oregon Brewers festival poured a small sized head of foamy medium sized white colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a transparent softly carbonated and a fair lacing. The strong aroma was hoppy. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a strong piney piney hoppy aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of hops. A wonderful best in the fest brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Oregon Brewers Festival 2007
Deep amber in color. The aroma was a over the top huge IPA aroma. Hops hops and more hops. This had hops and then some. The malts where able to keep up with brew as it was a strong IPA. Deep with lots of flavors and dry to the finish this was a good IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrob21 (3367) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Mmmm hmmmm. On tap at Liar’s Club. Nothing beat this beer after a long trip out from the east coast and a sweet tuna sandwich. Big grapefruit flavors. I got a big orange flavor burst on my first sip as well. Is that a buttery back end mouth coating too? Butter in my beer? Not a bad thing just the first time I’ve ever experienced that one. Clear golden orange color with lots of bubbles. Big pine aromas. One of my favorites to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9026) - 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.

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