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RATINGS: 2625   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (820) - California, USA - APR 22, 2015
For all the hype I'm sorta underwhelmed. It's a little to bitter. I had it on tap at the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (286) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2015
Nice floral fruity aroma. Hoppy but we’ll balanced. Fairly bitter through the middle and finish. Malty backbone is very present. Not the hop monster I expected. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saeglopur (815) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 20, 2015
510 ml, bottled 02/27/15, from a trade with Werckmeister. Thanks a lot Stefan for this major want! :-)
Bright, dark yellow, moderate hazy body, with a medium, creamy, white head.
Very fresh, fruity aroma of citrus, apricot, peach, pineapple, pine, biscuit, some candy, some vanilla.
Taste is as fresh and surprisingly smooth, with citrus, grapefruit, pine, apricot, peach, pineapple, some grass, biscuit, honey, vanilla.
Medium, creamy, velvety mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes smooth, bitter, quite zesty, a bit grassy, with lots of smooth malts again, some comfortable alcohol warmth and long-lasting, lovely pine notes.

Wow, amazing! Not a hop-forward, bitter monster, like many other DIPAs, but the most balanced beer you could imagine, what I always prefer. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV, with the lovliest, fruity and piney hops and a wonderful, smooth malt backbone. I completely understand the hype, this is close to perfection!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bstewart151 (14) - Parkersburg, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle, about one month old. Served at approximately 40°F, warmed to about 42°F by hand. Head is off white and slightly creamy. Wish I could of had a less aged bottle. Malt profile is good but hoppy bib utter. I hate the ratebeer iPhone app. I cannot see what I am writing anymore. Thanks dicks. Fix your crappy interface. I like the beer. Beer good. Ass hats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (70) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 18, 2015
Brewed on 3/19/15; opened and consumed on 4/18/15. I must say for New Hampshire getting to try this within 30 days on the born on date is pretty good. Light orange almost honey in color with a pretty solid frothy head that dissipates to a bubbly cap on top. Streaks of lacing transform to spotty in nature all the way down the glass edges. The aroma of pine, resin, citrus, and floral hops is rather subdued with nothing too overpowering. Flavor profile for this Imperial IPA is quite delicious. The pine and resin start off the flavors with a very nice grapefruit taste finishing the profile. Solid bodied and only a slight bitterness on the back end of the palate with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Overall, Pliny the Elder really does live up to the hype and is an awesome example of an double imperial ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whitehotg8 (80) - Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2015
UPDATED: APR 21, 2015 Poured into the obligatory ipa glass. Hazy goldenrod color with a frothy exactly white head. The aromas are pungent with tropical fruit, peach and apricot with some lemongrass and clean hops. Taste is complex. All kinds of flavors including the aforementioned fruits with some grassy notes and a nice malty sweetness. I wish I lived closer to RR...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Criz (186) - - APR 12, 2015
Pint at RR. Huge pine aromas, lemon zest, grass. Very smooth on the palate, dry bitter finish. Super drinkable. Great beer despite the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nie (16) - - APR 8, 2015
Bottle. This had a thick but enjoyable body that was pleasantly surprising. Each ship produced layers of fruity hoppy goodness. The balance is extremely well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1580) - Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2015
Draft. Clear radiant deep golden. Creamy white head. Really clean moderate bitterness. Great balance. Smooth and supple. Bittersweet. An array of hops all in unison. Everything just flows together. Does not go down like a beer of its size. Elegant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (395) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2015
510ml bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Bottled 4 weeks ago. Pours golden-orange in color. Slightly hazy. Beautiful white head. Aroma is just great. Tropical : mango, pineapple, citrus. A hint of apple. A hint of resin. Taste is very well balanced. Bitter, but not at all excessive. Sweetness to counter. Medium body. Mild carbonation. Soft texture. Long finish.

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