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RATINGS: 2813   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 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.

HomelessDrew's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HomelessDrew (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Thanks to bytemisis for this one. Pours a clear deep gold with a small head that doesn’t hang around for long and some nice lacing. Aroma is dank pine and a bit of citrus, the Simcoe hops are up front. Taste is dry and bitter with more of the piney hoppiness, normally I prefer more of a malt backbone on IPAs but I think this really lets the hops come through in a great way. The mouthfeel is light and has medium carbonation with a finish that sticks around (my burps taste like Simcoe). Overall this bottle lives up to the hype, this is my second and the first one didn’t impress me as much. Funny things may have happened during shipping, but if this is how Pliny is supposed to be than Californians are lucky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (1347) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2016
510ml bottle. Clear amber with a frothy white off-white head. Flavors are biscuity cereals, honey, caramel, pine resin, peach, mango, grapefruit peel/flesh and alcohol with grassy and floral notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenYeti (9) - Montana, USA - OCT 24, 2016 does not count
Pliny is delicious, though overrated. I would say AleSmith’s IPA or bells hopslam is just as good. Smooth as can be with fruity melon-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdleedahl (192) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
Why doesn't everyone make their ipas with such balanced hop/malt ratio? The hoppiness is mild, but actually ADDS body to the beer, while being a very bitter beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ritzn (530) - Bavaria, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2016
Rating #500: Hazy golden with little white head. Aroma is butter, tropic fruit, some resin. Taste is really everthing and nothing, boozey, sweet, a spicy pepper stuff while swallowing. Very balanced, yes, but I don’t get it fully. The finish is still full of resin bitterness that sort of clogs your throat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (5578) - Freising, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2016
(bottle) slightly opalescent deep golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of herbal hops, brown sugar and mango purée, with some notes of vanilla, light black pepper, watermelon and red onions. flavour is mostly mango, pale malts and onions, slightly resinous, with a light touch of physalis, pears, some more sweet vanilla and a light-bitter finish. medium- to heavy-bodied with average carbonation. awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonas (6863) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2016
Bottle, 2 months old. Herbal piny, spicy aroma. Hazy golden, offwhite lace. Great balance - orangepeel, pine, light tropical and fruity chewy malt. Relatively sweet but not cloyingly so, grassy, flowery which cuts through nicely. fullbodied, sweet. Nice fruity profile which finishes on a spice note. Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5547) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Pours deep gold into a shaker. Bright white head with excellent retention recedes to skim surface. Pine, weed and citrus aromas. Soft with sweet caramel and weed upfront turning to hot pine before the lasting grapefruit pith finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
libertine (418) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2016
Pours golden with a thick white head. lots of soapy lacing. Aroma has tangerine, pine, grapefruit and malt. Flavor is the same. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry resinous finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1839) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2016
On tap at Toronado in North Park San Diego. Served in a full pint glass. No head. Light golden amber. Deep golden malt backbone. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Some spice. Bitter sweet finish. Not as great as I had hoped for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ramboraffe (1863) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2016
500 ml bottle. Hazy amber orange with white head. Piney, with zest grapefruit, tropical fruit and marmalade. Dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.

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