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RATINGS: 2806   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm_Shadow (120) - British Columbia, - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours gold and orange with a great lasting white head. Aroma of malt pine and fruit. Very smooth finishing. Pleasant. Dare I say overrated ?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
libertine (405) - 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 (1822) - 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 (1830) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mysticbrew (117) - - SEP 11, 2016
Bottled on 8/16/16 ... drinking 9/11/16 My first sample .... Thanx Steve Franks. The aroma is piney & resin. A slight soft sweetness and dry finish. A chewy grassiness in the middle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wrlangin (150) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2016
Multiple 500 ml bottles ordered from Blackwell's Beer Run. Pours deep golden with medium white head. Flavours exceptionally balanced with citrus, sweetness, and pine. Excellent! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cdog5584 (1) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2016 does not count
I’ve had this beer many times on tap and by the bottle and it never disappoints. It’s a well balanced beer. I can never get enough of the aromatic citrus smell from the head. The moment you try it, you’re hit with the great bitterness any imperial IPA must have, after the beer goes to the back of your tongue, you’re met with one of the most smoothest and freshest finishes any beer can offer. Is Pliny the Elder the best beer in the world? That’s up to you. But what it definitely is, is a well balanced beer that I know you will enjoy. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawanna (3070) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 6, 2016
Bottle from Russian River Wunderbar ausgewogenes Double IPA. Die Balance zwischen Bitterkeit, Fruchtigkeit und Drinkability ist großartig. Davon will man auf jeden Fall immer noch eins trinken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gephross100 (304) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2016
8/5/16 bottle. Pours a clear yellow color with a small white blanket. Centennial hops and pine tree Medoum bitterness, sweetness, and long bitter finish. Very good and crushable dipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lele (422) - Padova, ITALY - SEP 4, 2016
ASPETTO: ambrato chiaro, limpido. Schiuma bianca, fine, abbondante e decisamente persistente. AROMA: complesso e intenso. Fruttato (frutta gialla e tropicale), floreale, un tocco bi biscottato e caramelloso, e ovviamente tanto luppolo. GUSTO: all’attacco è dolce (biscotto, caramello) e fruttata, per poi evolvere subito in un amaro erbaceo e floreale non invasivo. L’amaro permane ed esplode nel retrogusto. Carbonizzazione bassa (l’avrei preferita con più bollicine). Corpo medio. CONCLUSIONE: forse la migliore Imperial IPA che ho assaggiato fino ad ora (se la gioca con la Victory DirtWolf). Fama meritatissima!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stxoil (32) - Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2016
On tap at Russian River. Pour was amber with nice off-white head. Aroma is piney and citrusy. Taste is much the same especially hitting the citrus notes. What’s striking about this beer is how balanced it was with just the right amount of malt. Finish bitter but not too much so. Outstanding.

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