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RATINGS: 2795   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.


CanIHave4Beers' rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - 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 it’s 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 it’s 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:
I’m just shocked at how good this beer tastes. This isn’t even a lager!


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


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
EnzoDamario (1) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2016 does not count
As soon as you start pouring you get kicked by the splendid Aroma of this beer. You start thinking on flowers, pines, herbs, oranges, grapefruits, little pineapples.... Great hops combination on just the right amounts. Gold with Orangy tones and a white crown. Good retention. I was expecting a very bitter taste, but actually is not that intense. Don’t get me wrong... it is bitter, but its not harsh. You can taste a little bit of malt sweetness, but you’ll be overwhelmed by the citrics’ fruits flavors (mostly grapefruit). This is not the place if your are looking for yeasty flavors. You’ll get a strong bitterness on the after taste... lingering... dry but pleasant. Light with regular carbonation. Very easy to drink, and very inviting, so watch out... its a 8%. If you want a complete shake of the senses, Pliny The Elder is the way to go. (D)IPA lovers... this is the beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (690) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2016
500ml bottle bottled 28/07/2016. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Aroma is tropical fruits, malty. Taste is resin, medium sweet, tropical fruits and piney hops. Piney hops, slightly sweet aftertaste. Excellent balanced beer, THE Imperial IPA, classic.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdolfoCC (153) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - AUG 4, 2016
42 días de ser embotellada, servida en un Spiegelau IPA. APARIENCIA: de color ámbar con algunos destellos naranjas a contra luz, se observa cristalina y media alta actividad de carbonatación; corona de espuma color blanco de buena retención, copiosa y de burbujas compactas. AROMA: notas cítricas de los lúpulos utilizados es lo que domina; cáscara de toronja y naranja, atrás algo de piña, notas herbales y resinosas, "dankness" pero muy balanceado, ligera presencia del dulzor de las maltas. SABOR: de entrada un amargor intenso, que a pesar de eso no se siente agresivo, le siguen las notas cítricas de los lúpulos, cáscara de toronja y naranja es lo que más destaca, además de notas a piña, algo de "dankness" y muy ligeramente el dulzor de las maltas pero todo muy balanceado. El retrogusto queda un amargor intenso pegado al paladar con una larga permanencia, muy seco pero no se llega a sentir agresivo. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio ligero con sensación oleosa, mediana carbonatación. RESUMEN: excelente DIPA, muy balanceada.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Plumb7 (5) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2016 does not count
Like pure hoppiness this is a perfectly balanced dipa. Great bitterness but also lovely and smooth. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PMgep (247) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle, as fresh as bossible in Sweden. Fruity hoppy aroma, yellow colour, hoppy taste. Nice

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robfohl1 (12) - San Jose, California, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Purchased at brewery, you’ve heard it all before, balanced, smooth, tropical, hops, the perfect ipa, to experience the freshness you have to go to the brewery and have it on tap. The best.. Pours golden , nice lacing, if you love beer and die, this is what God pours in Heaven..

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keenano (21) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 23, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Worth the wait in line! A beautiful golden colour - how a double can be this clear is beyond me. Smells lightly of pine, and some slight citrus. Wow, so good. I cannot explain how awesome this is to taste. As they say, lives up the hype. Clearly one the greatest out there!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jase3812 (21) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2016
look.....it live up to the hype and is brilliant. I want to move to California just so I can drink this all the time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsnicholas (513) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Draft in Davis, CA. Deep copper color with thin head. Aroma and taste had a lot of grapefruit. Not particularly bitter maybe because it did not seem piney to me.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reuillebrew (4) - - JUL 16, 2016 does not count
One of the best ipa’s out there. Tough to find unless you live on the west coast.


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