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RATINGS: 2769   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

bigred22's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigred22 (85) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2012
First, Iím rating this about a month after Iíve had it, but I felt like this is the perfect time to do so... right after a bad rating by Dennrat.

Aroma is one of the most pleasant IPA floral bouquets that I had the privilege of smelling. There are some that are comparable, but this is right there at the top of the list.

Appearance: Just what a double IPA should look like.

Taste: The Simplisty of this Double IPA is what makes it so good. It is perfectly balanced and to the exact opposite of what Dennrat says the bitterness is at the beginning and smooth the rest of the way. Obviously Dennrat has not had many IPAís or DIPAís. If your taste buds havenít adapted to the bitterness yet I could see Pliny being bitter.

Palate: It is very drinkable and smooth, but in its simplicity I wish it would linger a bit longer.

Overall: I loved it and appreciate it for what it is. When I see it again I will buy as many as they let me :) PS. Sorry to single you out Dennrat, but you obviously are not an IPA fan. Just donít understand why you would rate one of the best DIPA when it is not what you like?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IntlAgBrewer97 (7) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2016 does not count
A very solid DIPA. This beer is really much lighter in color than I expected, and is a crystal clear golden with good head and nice hoppy aromas. The beer is very drinkable despite being 8% alcohol. Itís not overly sweet like some doubleís can be, but is a great example of DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4711) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 23, 2016
Enormous thanks Alberto for sharing this! Finally! Golden body with a small white head. Light hop-driven aroma, pine, vaguely citric. Herbal, piney but fruity too taste, strawberries, tropical fruit, somewhat dry and sweetish. A solid, slightly too excessive malty backbone.... oof. itís very good but I have to say that I expected far more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cristobal37 (663) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 22, 2016
On tap at Beachwood bbq seal beach. Clear golden lots of lacing. Fruity citrus piney aroma. Heavy hard n hoppy. Long lasting fantastic iipa. Really manageable bitterness but still deep and even a bit like chewing hops. For the style this is the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (3335) - NORWAY - MAY 21, 2016
14 days old bottle, august 27th 2015. Finally got the chance to have a Pliny, I was wondering if it could justify the hype, after all itís a double ipa, a style there is released about one zillion new brews of each day. This is supposed to be one of the kings on the hill. The fruity hop aroma works well with the crisp malt. Fruitness is dominating with strong tropical notes, flowers, resin. Taste has a nod of sweet malt, mostly hop driven as well. Bitterness comes through easily, making a dry and crisp yet fruity beer. Little to suggest this is a strong double as the malt and sweetness is hidden away behind the hops here. Zesty and full of resin I conclude the hype is more or less justified.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bahistick (1) - USA - MAY 19, 2016 does not count
Popped into the Russian River Brew Pub in Santa Rosa on a trip to northern California. One of these led to a couple more plus the purchase of a growler and a case of bottles. This is the holy grail of IPAs. It is arguably the best IIPA Iíve ever had. A rich goldern color with a lovely frothy white head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. A hoppy aroma with notes of citrus, pine and an ideal amount of malt, citrus-y with a perfect balance of hops and malt. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkeh (398) - Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle dated 4/26/16. Pour is clear golden with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is quite delicious: peach, mango, pine, grapefruit, mild sweetness, really nice. Lots of bitterness on the tongue, but that pine and grapefruit make a strong showing as well. Dry finish, a gem of a West coast IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillemsUrenkel (1319) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 18, 2016
510 ml (?!) bottle bought in Mill Valley, CA. Clear dark golden in the glass, mid size white head. Very fruity in the nose. Taste starts smooth, fruity, malty, followed by a more floral hopy sequence. Nearly creamy texture. Nice not too bitter aftertaste. Enjoyed it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
copestx (39) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2016
Draft at RR. Peach, mango, grapefruit with a dank soapy sweetness. So well balanced. Tastes like fresh weed smells (more so than any other IPA). Every time I think maybe this is maybe slightly overhyped I am proven wrong. This is so, so good. Blind Pig is nearly as amazing but this is still the gold standard.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blackandwhite (13) - Dublin 2, IRELAND - MAY 13, 2016
On draft at the brewpub, massive piney aroma, floral, resin. Nice amber, orange colour. Head fades quickly. A lot of bitterness on the back end. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (3199) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2016
finally... bottle shared by a friend. had this one after blind pig. poured a deep dark golden colour with a white head. nose of crisp malts, caramel, slight bitter pine notes, hops, harsh, citrus, grapefruit, and dried fruit. taste is a bit harsh, sticky, and bitter. a world class west coast ipa, but i prefered the blind pig over this one

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