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RATINGS: 2505   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   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 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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3322) - 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....
Aroma:
This beer smells like pine.

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

Overall:
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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ron (2595) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2014
On tap at the Brewpub and later a whole bottle. I had this 1st of the 15 beer sampler tray even thou they had it marked for last. I just could not wait. Pours light hazy golden/amber color with white head. Aroma is juicy fruity citrus, tropical fruit and resiny pine. Light syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor starts off citrus followed by pineapple and mango flavor and finishing with grapefruit and resiny pine bitterness. High expectation for this brew and it delivered.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
esjunknyc (20) - - OCT 19, 2014
Reputation for a reason, not much to say that hasn't. Opens bitter and finishes a bit more balanced. Very solid, even at 2 weeks old

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PacNWDad (91) - Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle from Full Throttle Bottles in 2012. Slightly cloudy, pale on pour. Modest amount of head, with small bubbles, white colored. Clear, pale gold, medium, creamy, white head. Strong floral and hops notes, with grapefruit and other citrus as well. Taste is an exemplary balance of sweetness with a long bitter finish but not overpowering. Really top notch balance. Medium body, alcohol tones, long, long finish, medium carbonation. Fantastic DIPA - the standard bearer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Artistdave (58) - Austin, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Poured from odd sized bottle...bomber anyway...huge hop oily hop aroma...perfect...the flavor is equally as oily...I loved this style of oily hoppy lupins. perfection

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1358) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Aroma: floral hops, tropical and citrus fruits. Appearance: clear, pale gold, medium, creamy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: light bitters continue, grassy hops, some flowers again, getting slightly dry in the finish. Overall: fantastic IIPA, light, yet very subtle complexity in both aroma and palate. Bottle from Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (866) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
500ml bottle poured in a ordinary glass. A: Pours a clear golden-orange color with a big white to beige head which dissipates leaving some lacings around S: The smell is a must: Incredibly grassy-earthy-herby-flowery hops. Never ever felt such a fresh perfume of citrus hops in a beer. The malts and yeasts foundation is also perfect. Really unique T: Well, the taste is just perfect. Perfect American double IPA. VERY refreshing considering the 8% ABV. Amazing bitterness, balanced. Really impressive... M: Full body. Good carbonation. Hoppy bitterness as aftertaste O: Extremely drinkable and refreshing beer. Very bitter but, at the same time, smooth and pleasant. A perfect beer [ BA Review @ 12/15/2010 ]

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ARH (481) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2014
On tap, poured into a snifter. Warm aromas of pine, citrus, and caramel come through. It pours an oily, clear, buttery yellow with a micro bubble white head. It leaves behind an ample web lace and a medium ring with a ight dusty surface. The taste is a mellow, medium bitter and medium sweet balance. The beers texture is oily and a bit sticky with a medium body and decent, buzzy carbonation. Grapefruit and pine finish the beer with a touch of caramel. Itís clean and refreshing with notes of pine and bread crust in the slightly burnt aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Very fresh, hoppy nose out of the keg. This beer is about the hops, with the bitter being the predominant flavor. Maybe could have used more malts to balance it better, but a great hop-head beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hipsterchick (21) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Hipster Mercedes Benz. Usually over rated, but still one if the best cars and brews. Oily hoppy lupin madness. Great bubblie great roundabout throughout the whole Bronson. Will kick you in the rear if you pound these. Usually pretty available, but got to know the shops. Donít see it on tap.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
monkeychugg55 (884) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Clear dark gold with a medium white head that leaves lots of lacing. Strong floral, herbal, grapefruit, and resinous pine in the aroma. Very light body has some sweetness upfront, with some moderate hop flavor leading to a crisp, bitter finish. Flavor lingers with the bitterness for a while.


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