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RATINGS: 2480   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Pliny pours with a deep golden-orange hue, and it wafts with hoppy aromas such as flowers, pine and citrus. Unlike many IPAs, Pliny is balanced with a solid malt backbone that has notes of bread dough and caramel. The texture of the beer is smooth and weighty, yet tremendously easy to quaff. The 8 percent alcohol is hidden well. Bright hop flavors and aromas are detectable from start to finish, and they only leave behind a moderate level of bitterness. Lasting hints of lemon, grapefruit, pine and flowers linger nicely into the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
12/06/02: Had on tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival
The first thing you notice about this beer is its strong hoppy aroma. The golden yellow appearance nicely hides the bite the beer has on the first sip. An amazing blend of hops and citrus flavor linger afterwards. My first Russian River brew - hopefully not my last.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerdedbastard (22) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
This is a "TRUE" 5.0 in my book.I had a draft sample(and 4-5 more?!?)of this at a recent Strong Ale fest;and would vote it best of show of the 60+/ 8%abv+ beers there. It’s HUGE hop aroma is so fresh/and re-freshing; smack you around,and tie you up with the hopvine aggresive.That in itself makes this a hop-heads wet dream. But it carries into the balanced body,crisp dry mouthfeel and follow through,giving it Amazing drinkability... This quickly became my "back to..." beer of the fest! It would always bring my palate back to neutral,after some "less worthy" brews! KEEP ’EM COMIN’,Vinnie!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Mr Pliny poured a viscous, cloudy yellow with a very thin head and an intense hop filled aroma. There is absolutely no restraint here to hide the hops behind the maltiness, trust me....it is however extremely smooth given the dry citrusy hops I was exposed to. The aroma totally got me in the mood for this one, and the finish wasnt bad either. Its solid, and the florals get the job done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Huge hop aroma. Poured a copper brew with a thick tan head. Hop aroma just jumped out of the glass. Piney with a big resiny mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 re-rate 28 June 2008 on draft at beachwood bbq beautiful citric, fruity, hoppy nose follwed by a hoppy flavor w/ a nicely balanced malty finish. tasty -------& Strong Ale Fest: A hop monster w/ a mouthful of pine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Wow the aroma leapt out of the glass and grabbed my nostrils saying that they were taken hostage by huge amounts of hops. the flavor is the same, lots and lots of west coast citrus hops. Golden clear in appearrance. this one is definitely full of hops. bitter finish hung around in my throat i need a barleywine to wash it out. good stuff though and great name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sarie99 (49) - San Francisco, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Great hops, smooth bitterness, balanced by the 3 C’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Hops!!! Medium carbonation, malty. Smooth bitterness. Perhaps some centennial, cascade, columbus hops. For the hophead in all of us.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2003 I first rated this a 3? what was i on? crack? super piney and bitter..not too sticky..and super hoppy bitterness in the end..

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