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RATINGS: 2445   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 uncleís 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Everettm (81) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2014
Medium amber with a full two fingers of creamy white head. The aroma initially seems breathtakingly bold, with waves of grapefruit, tangerine peel, citrus sweets and a pinch of resin. However the aroma doesnít quite live up to many of the more multi-layered symphonies that are now climbing the rating boards. The eagerly anticipated first taste reveals a silky smooth medium body with just a snippet of over carbonation. Grapefruit again rides front and centre, along with a mild floral note, citrus peel, honey and lightly toasted malts. A well balanced non fatiguing bitterness rounds of a semi dry finish, and lends this legend a fantastic sessionability.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmahut (901) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 12, 2014
Clear pale body with low white head. Aroma has tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, little bit grassy, the aroma is well balanced. Taste has high tropical bitterness with medium malty sweetness. Body is full, high carbonation. Not sure why this is so overhyped, itís pretty average, still good, but average.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RobertLiley1 (15) - - MAY 11, 2014
One of the best, canít thank my son enough for snagging me some when I went to San Diego. Nice in all elements a must have for craft beer enthusiasts

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerd16 (185) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle 23/04/14 from Joe. Cheers buddy! Clear golden/amber color with beautiful lasting 2 finger head. Potent juicy grapefruit and sweet tangerine. A light pine in the undergrowth. Not the most bold or original of aromas but its juicy and enticing. Very nice lacing. Tight bubbles in head. Immaculate in the glass. Medium body, dry and perfect carbonation. Sweet tangerine kisses the front palate before bitter grapefruit pith grows along with a medicinal honey flavor. Both carry into the bitterness which is medium and lasting. Caramel malt balances the beer beautifully, showcasing the hops but restraining their dominance. Also some faint pine resin. Incredibly drinkable and juicy. Donít expect extraordinary, eccentric taste or flavor. In fact its pretty generic...but still very enjoyable. Itís redemption lies in its exemplary execution of the fundamentals - balance, aesthetics, carbonation and drinkability. A top DIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Overall a really good beer - not so much for the taste, but for the superior quality of all its other parts. Good balance and character. Slightly saddened that it didnít blow my mind as unrealistically as I had hoped, but happy to be able to say I hunted it down and had a taste.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mko979 (6) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2014 does not count
Bottled 4-23-14. This is quite the amazing brew. The appearance is perfect, Crystal clear with a frothy white head and tight bubbles. Aroma is the epitomy of a west coast ipa, very bright citrus and pine and bursting with hops. Taste is awesome! Onslaught of hop bitterness up front, followed by a super flavorful hop profile. Big citrus, pine, and astringent notes followed by a perfect malt backbone. I get a perfect balance of sweetness in the middle and an absolute superb mouth feel. Creamy, sweet, and juicy hops makes this mind blowing good. Finishes nice and dry, with lingering hops in your mouth and leaving you begging for more. Overall, extremely drinkable and the best west coast style ipa I have had to date.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunnrider (5) - San Sebastian, SPAIN - MAY 9, 2014 does not count
Bottle from a trade, probably a month old. Great pine and citrus smell. Nice head and clear amber colour in the glass. Really enjoyed this, it deserves the following it has.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2504) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Sampled at DLD 2014. It poured a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma was of citrusy grapefruit and some pine. The taste was of citrus, pine and hops. Very nice!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Berard (270) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden yellow with mild haze and with thin white head that lingers. Medium hop aroma over mild carbonation. Lemony sweet hop flavor with moderate complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (3573) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 Finally got to try this one. Poured by none other than Vinnie Cilurzo @ Cantillon Quintessence 2014. #10 Russian River beer. 500 ml. bottle sampled. Should be about 2 months old. Pours a hazy orange with a creamy white head. Looks lovely. Nose is incredible, full of very creamy grapefruit, pine, citrus fruit, very fruity with sweet toffee and sweet resin, very tropical, nose is absolutely stellar. Taste is quite bland afterwards sadly, creamy oily & bit bland pine resin, touch salty caramel, brown sugar, pine seeds, sweet resin, caramel, oily, sugary, very oily body. There is nothing wrong with it other than the fact that it didnít live up to the incredible nose. While I respect it for what it is, so many DIPAís are so far beyond this one, this days, come from them, this one didnít surprise me in the least to be honest.


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