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RATINGS: 2569   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.


Jonathan3584's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2005
BlueDevil0206 and I went up to Richmond on a run for Stone Imperial Stout and stopped in at Innsbrook Capital Ale House to find this beautiful little surprise. Orange/coppery color with a thin white head. Aroma is in your face amarillo hops as soon as the glass was set down. When I first smelled it, I was instantly reminded of DFH 90 min. Some malty notes made their way through the citrussy pine forest in the aroma, too, but hops dominate. Palate is good and full, though not oily. Just a slick, big DIPA. Flavor is incredible as well. Strong citrussy, piney amarillo flavor. Malt is sweet caramel and bread, but it’s very much in the background. The bitterness in the finish was IMMENSE. We ordered samples of 90 Minute, Ruination, and Stoudts DIPA and found them all blown out of the water in terms of bitterness (that gave us a nice perspective on their respective malt profiles.) The bitterness is clean, though -- in your face sharp, but not harsh. Impressive as all hell. I’m excited about the younger.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
olsvammel (3701) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle from a very friendly guy. Hoppy smell with citrus and tropical fruits. In the background I find a malty aroma going towards cookies. Similar taste with a sweet cookie and caramel finish. Very easy to drink with a high "hinkability". No harshness at all. It feels like the hops are a bit aged even though the bottle was just over a month old. Still a great beer though. Nice to see a beer that lives up to the hype.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (4805) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours light amber, nose is floral, orange, taste is bitter, fruity, but a bit flat having been opened a couple days.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2829) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2015
(Russian River Pliny the Elder) Bottle 510 ml, from a trade with stawn, thanks! Served into a shaker, ABV 8%. 26 days old. Bright golden orange colour on the body, clear. Good sized white head, thick enough with very good retention, leaving heavy lacing on the glass/ Great aroma with lots of citrus, pine, floral notes.grapefruit, some tropical fruits too. Great taste, even better than the aroma I dare say. Lots of fresh hops, lots of pine, plenty of floral notes, still some citrus and grapefruit, , some fruity touches on the very finish. Not an extremely bitter one, instead one with a well balanced bitterness, and a long-lasting one. Medium body, mildly dry on the palate. Nicely carbonated. Extremely high drinkability. Great beer, words fail me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2610) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2015
Pliny the elder Pours a vibrant gold. Prickly fruity citrus hop nose. Wonderfully soft med-full body. Great hoppy biscuity taste with citrusy hops. It lives up to the hype.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (942) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle. Light copper pour with a clean white head. Citrus, biscuit, seaweed, pine. Full body. Don’t feel the alcohol. Few beer with umami finish along with slight bitterness. Really good

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rodmelfer (1) - - FEB 22, 2015 does not count
That's the best Californian IPA ... A lot of aroma hops. balanced between bitterness and maltness

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Couch0508 (13) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This beer was my fav from California"..................................

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
to14go (32) - ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2015
On tap at Tiger! Tiger! San Diego. Nice earthy hops aroma. Light balanced bitterness. Nice hopy-grapefruit finish

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4391) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
6th Feb 2015 and I finally get my hands on a bottle of this beer. 3rd Belgian Beer Board website bottle exchange in De Bierboom, Brugge. The bar owner Rudy had been given two bottles of this and kept one for the exchange evening. He knew I wanted to try it, so early on in the evening he ’palmed me’ the bottle for drinking later. At midnight with only about six people left I broached the bottle and we all had a decent sized sample. Poured a golden amber with a weak white head. Aroma was citrusy hops and semi-sweet malts: mild tropical fruitiness hints also. The taste was more malty than the nose intimated with a biscuit like flavour, tempered with a fruity backbone. Expected a hoppier, bitter tasting brew to be honest, liked what I had though and the hops were always in the background waiting to pounce, even though they didn’t.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nathan30533 (771) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2015
This is my style of brew. This one was about a month and a half old. Still very sweet and tasty. Great looking brew as it pours a golden yellow with a wonderful white head. Good lacing. Enjoy the gem and get one fresh. The fresher the hops the better.


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