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RATINGS: 2440   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigred22 (84) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ctplt777 (58) - - JUL 11, 2014
Overrated. Green Flash West Coast IPA and especially Maharja are way better than this. Too much hype, not that good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CObiased (13) - - JUL 11, 2014
Have had many times in bottle only. Great color on pour - a golden orange sunset. It's a great double IPA with a thunderous amount of hops. However, it is an over rated IPA. I've had better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mixer006 (11) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 10, 2014
Draught & bottle at Russian River. Deservedly ranked as one of the best, nice piney aroma, really drinkable for the ABV. Top class stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (864) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Draught > Russian River. God damn this is good. It's not La Cumbre Dank but it's f'ing good. Right up there next to Maine Lunch. Dry as hell and light. Pretty darn easy drinker. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smboselli (90) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Found it on tap when out with a good friend from out of town. It was nice to share the experience of drinking one of the best beers in the world - it lived up to the hype ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rafael_costa (3) - - JUL 1, 2014 does not count
This Imperial IPA is excellent. Excellent citrus aroma. Dry finish and and incredible drinkability. In my first time, I drank This Beer at Russian River Brew Pub and it was a unique e experience. Fresh hops and a perfect blend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (352) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Draft in Philly at Monk's Cafe. Yellow gold. Big bitter Grapefruit and pine note up front with just a slight malt character to balance the hops. The overall taste is that of a hoppy big dipa but, the standout factor is the dry finish and incredible drinkability. Super smooth for this style. This is a perfect dipa all around! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beeek9r (1) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 27, 2014 does not count
Just perfect.... not in your face flavor like must triple ipa nor lack in taste like a single ipa, but just right... Simply well balance. It has the perfect punch of bitterness, sweetness, hoppiness, and citrus. Great piny hint also...just refreshing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
indianabeerman (40) - Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2014
had on tap at brewery. this beer was everything you here about and more. a great inviting hop nose. a smooth and balanced taste.hard to believe this is a dipa. easily on my top 5 of beers

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
epeter85 (25) - - JUN 25, 2014
Light orangish almost strong tea like color. Hops smell is strong. I ventured to San Francisco to get this on tap to do it right. Tastes extremely hoppy but finishes smooth. I believe this is where the magic is with a hyper hopped but balanced beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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