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RATINGS: 2508   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
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
On Tap-O’Briens Deep orange amber hue, bold citrusy aroma, nice off white creamy head. Citrus flavors assault the taste buds-WOW! Nice caramel malt flavor, balanced by an abundance of hoppiness. Did I mention hoppy? Very smooth for such a highly hopped beer. Malt and hops mask the alohol well, dry finish on the palate. Great 2IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2004
On Tap at the AHA NHC in Vegas ’04. Cloudy golden color with nice fluffy head and good lacing. Very piney/pinapple aroma. This sample was 3 days old! Very clean and strong bitterness witjh a good malt foundation. Thanks Vinnie!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
On tap@O’brien’s: Orange amber color with an off white (yellowish) head. Sweet slightly grassy aroma. Flavor starts sweet citrus followed by sharp grapefruit and a lingering dry grapefruit rind aftertaste. Balance is on the bitter side, but a damn good IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2004
Draught @ O’Brien’s San Diego

The beer pours somewhat deep amber; the head is white and full in size, the texture semi-creamy with the lace a velum like sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is hop floral, sweet malt underneath, lime like crispness, fresh and a treat for the nose as well as the eyes. “Zap” the hops slam your taste buds to attention, magnificent is a word I think fits perfectly, stern acidity with a hop spicy dry aftertaste that leaves you puckering and eager for another taste. A beer certainly made for us lovers of hops and another great example of the big California Imperial IPA’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2004
Liar’s Club - tap - San Diego. Clear amber and gold, creamy off-white head. Nose is big shots of fresh "C" hops with grapefruit, sticky sweet pine, florals, apricot, and some earthy caramel. Flavor matches aroma. Medium to full-bodied, smooth, creamy, semi-dry finish. You want the typical beer taste of Southern Cali, you gotta try this one for sure. Good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Orange gold color. Large head. Aroma is floral hops, fruity and sweet. A medium to full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, piney, floral and citrusy. A remarkably well-balanced IPA. Malts and hops clash and balance with every sip. Hoppy and bitter yet fruity and sweet. Great hop signature. Creamy full mouthfeel. NICE beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2004
On tap at the Liar’s club in San Diego... Crystal clear, golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention and excellent, thick, creamy lace. The aroma is of cascade hops, apricot, spruce, light smoke and habanero without the heat. The flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter finish with a little grassiness at the very end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2004
On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco; my first IIPA. Bronze coloring with a small head; a fruity flavor finished off by a nice bitter finish. A big beer, and a great one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 22, 2004
On tap at The Englander. Orange body with medium white head. Great piney hop aroma. Strong spicy bitterness is fairly balanced by the malts--more so than in their standard IPA. Alcohol is hardly detectable for a beer of this strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Draft. Poured clear amber with a thick, creamy white head. Delicious aroma dominated by grapefruit hops, malts noticible as well. Rich flavor, carmelly malts, wow, way grapefruity hop flavor with more hops. A little unbalanced but not bad. Body is smooth and full with creamy carbonation.

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