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RATINGS: 2626   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2006
On tap at The Liar’s Club. Big, big citrus notes with just enough malts to balance things out... at least as far as double IPA’s go. More please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Tap at O’Briens. A slightly bigger and darker carbon copy of the Blind Pig IPA. Huge citrus and pine hop notes. This beer is just oozing from hops. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Tap at Firewaters in Glen Mills. Poured a golden body with a thick white head. Aroma was sticky pine and fragrant flowers. Flavors were hard core hops the whole way through. A mild yeast flavor in the finish. I could taste this beer halfway home. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HopdevilMike (1) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2006 does not count
Just the best IPA (double or whatever) I’ve ever tasted. It’s relatively high alcohol content is not noticable. Just smooth but intense flavor. Love the hops; but hops are not overpowering. I had this on tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA. They are to be congratulated for having their strongest competitors beers on tap as well as their own.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpringsLicker (3234) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Thanks to awaisanen for sending this hand bottled sample. This was tasted side by side a homebrewed version which was brewed from Vinnie’s homebrew recipe who should also get major thanks for sharing his recipe and the opportunity to drink a good authentic west coast style IIPA in a place where little to none exists otherwise. Medium gold in the pour with an average sized head. Floral, resiny pine, citrus rind aroma. Light to medium body. The hops in this are intense, but more so in the aroma and flavor than appearing as an intense bitterness. The first sip is a bit harsh, but quickly this grabs the tongue and every following sip becomes more enjoyable. Wonderfully chewy juicy hop finish. Enough underlying malt to keep this in balance. a remarkably well brewed IIPA. The homebrewed version is perhaps a bit fresher tasting, but identical as far as color, aroma and flavor. Dangerously easy to drink and the alcohol level will quickly catch you off guard as you think you into a good session IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 Sampled at 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. The beer pours a clear light yellow-gold color with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain, moderate notes of caramel; hoppy with light notes of orange, heavy notes of grapefruit, resin/pine; yeasty with light notes of cobwebs/basement; light miscellaneous note of vanilla. The flavor was lightly sweet, harshly bitter with a long, harshly bitter finish. A bit more sweetness would have balanced the flavor out quite nicely. The body was light-to-medium, the texture was watery and the carbonation was lively.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bartzilla (561) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
This is my favorite DIPA, hands down. The depth of the hop bill and the perfect malt balance make this one of those beers I can always fall back on. Perfection.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sandler52 (2) - California, USA - APR 20, 2006 does not count
This is one of my favorites, next to SPF 15 from pizzaport. This is a review from memory, so actually I will wait until I fill the growler. What it comes down to is if you like 2IPA, the buy a pint. Thanks Vinnie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2006
Had this on tap at Union Jack’s. In a word excellent. Almost perfect balance of malt and hops. Excellent job on the aromatic hops. very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2006
On tap at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco. Sweet Jesus this is good stuff! Gold with a thick white head. The strong hop aroma smells like pine. Very thick body. Grapefruit anyone? Ouch, this is a gorgeous beer. Has the aroma of a fresh floret of C. sativa.

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