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RATINGS: 2756   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 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.

CanIHave4Beers' rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3876) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Hey look at that, a beer I rated on paper 9 months ago and it was just too darned special to enter right away.... so here goes for 2400!
A bottle bottle generously bonused to me by ineedbeer within maybe a week or two of itís bottling date!
The beer pours a golden color with a big fluffy white head and a nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is piney and herbaceous. There are some fruit forward elements like pine and orange-peel, a little mild alcohol character slips in there as well. The beer is remarkably aromatic and hoppy.

The flavor is piney with some big citrus character. The bitterness is fairly high, but itís not unbalanced, astringent or unpleasant in any way. Lots of grapefruit flavor, the alcohol character is very mild and some nice flavors of melon rind and honey are very light but complimentary to the whole.

The mouth feel fairly prickly & the beer does that tongue bracing sensation that really great hoppy beers seem to do.

And now for a bonus rate:
My brother-in-law Dwain crushed this beer with me. Dwain is a Budweiser enthusiast who recently gave me a call to let me know about the new "Budweiser Black Crown"... when Dwain saw me writing notes he asked me to take down a few of his own. So here goes....
This beer smells like pine.

Really piney. Sort of salty, might be a good beer to add a little salt to.

Iím just shocked at how good this beer tastes. This isnít even a lager!

And now for a Lushawn bonus rate:
Iím totally shocked at how good this beer tastes. And by shocked I mean completely unsurprised in any way, shape, or form.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Biroholik (613) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - APR 26, 2016
Draught @ Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, California (20.04.2016)
Chmiele: Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, Cascade, Warrior, Simcoe
Pliny pachnie jak cały las tropikalny zamknięty w szklanym kielichu degustacyjnym! AROMAT DOSŁOWNIE MIAŻDŻY intensywnością! Jest to coś niebywałego i niespotykanego na co dzień. Zapach jest maksymalnie złożony i bardzo głęboki. Przewijają się tutaj wszystkie możliwe właściwości chmieli: cytrusy, owoce tropikalne, kwiaty, żywica, sosna, korzenność, żywiczność. W smaku ogromnie czysty cytrusowo-tropikalny profil. Goryczka średniej siły, bardzo krůtka, znika przed kolejnym łykiem. Oleista faktura i potężna pijalność! Perfekcyjny balans słodůw i chmielu. Jeśli jakieś piwo w stylu Double IPA zasługuje na 5.0 to musi być właśnie Pliniusz Starszy. Balans słodůw i chmielu jest niebywały. Wszystko tutaj zagrało jak należy. Piwo kompletne od A do Z.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1774) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2016
Canít believe I somehow missed rating this. Bottle 4 weeks old. Clear gold, with heavy lacing. Nose is juicy grapefruit pith, some honey when it warms, light greeness and pine. Taste is dry on firm malt backbone, with long bitter grapefruit pith finish. The archetype for a reason.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BruceHartford3 (13) - - APR 17, 2016
Fucking, duh. It tastes like god made this beer especially for you. You want more before youíre done drinking it. It makes you happy to be alive. Piney. Fresh. Vibrant. Balanced. So balanced. Clean. Itís everything you heard. It lives up. If you like IPAís, this is your new girlfriend. Drink it. Before the guy sitting next to you does.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cwrw42 (40) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2016
Good but not spectacular. Pleased to have tried it but wonít go out of the way to get it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kokkenrolv (256) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 14, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is tropical fruits, mango, orange, citrus, pineapple, hints of pine, some herbal notes. Deep golden, clear, nice frothy white head. Medium sweetness, medium bitter, taste is grapefruit, orange, orange zest, tropical fruits, floral notes, nice bready backbone, some alcohol. Medium body, medium carbonation, long delicious finish with beautiful bitterness and some warming alcohol. Extremly well brewed DIPA with lovely integrated bitterness. Definetly up to the hype!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koskela (464) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 13, 2016
Simcoe to the face and a slight malt backbone come from this crystal clear pale golden brew with little white head around the edges of the glass. The flavor at first is sweet then bitter with a grassy note and creamy finish. This full bodied brew offers a good balance between malt and bitter with a nice finish of hop flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crim (85) - POLAND - APR 13, 2016
genialny posmak owocowo tropikalnie, dodatkowo mega fajny owocowy aromat, troche mniej ciała mogło by miec ale ogolnie klasior

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeranibud (10) - - APR 9, 2016
Undoubtedly one of the top beers out there, or at least one of the top beers that I have had. The taste is top notch and mouth feel makes wonder whatís that water all about in the Russian River Valley

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Desverger (6636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 8, 2016
Bottle with massive thanks to Cloin! (Bottled 210116 in correct uk format) - Amber pour with white head. Aroma and taste is sweet malty and fruity, with some pleasing tropical grapefruit and peachy notes, splash of citrus across the palate, big solid caramel malty backbone, very easy drinking for the abv, overall as a massive DIPA fanboy this scores very highly, but falls "just" short of heady which I have also had recently, but this is still a real show stopper. Gorgeous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready maltsy tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste. This is one hoppy sumbitch.

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