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RATINGS: 2768   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   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.


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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2009
500 ml bottle from a cross country trade with my buddy Ryan.. Been dreaming about this brew for some time now. Pours a deep gold, with a reddish glow in the center. Fire opal. Suprisingly white, pillowy head. Cumulohoppus. Aroma is very powerful, pine, fresh-squeezed citrus, and dare I say it, notes of powerful marijuana. Taste is hop centric, with a nice bitter bite on the finish that I find myself missing in other, "smoother" hop bombs. 20 minutes later -- like all great IPA’s, this one has brutalized my palate thoroughly, and now, in the final pleased sip, it is honey sweet, with a bitter kiss. Bravo, California -- how can your economy be such a mess when you’re churning out gems like this one? Four words: San Diego Hop Rush


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4710) - 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. it’s very good but I have to say that I expected far more.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cristobal37 (659) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (3316) - 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 it’s 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.

5
   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 I’ve 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!

4.1
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillemsUrenkel (1317) - 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!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
copestx (31) - 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.

4.7
   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.

4.1
   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

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriszfat (79) - Lake stevens, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2016 From a pint bottle. Tried to get hands on this for over a year. Pours clear golden with substantial head. Smell is fantastic with nice big piney and citrus. Drinks heavy pine with less citrus similar with finish. It is very balanced for a 8 percent beer. Very solid one, although didnt blow me away after searching for almost a year to have this one. More I drink of it more Iike it.


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