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RATINGS: 2567   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3427) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2817) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2015
(Russian River Pliny the Elder) Bottle 510 ml, from a trade with stawn, thanks! Served into a shaker, ABV 8%. 26 days old. Bright golden orange colour on the body, clear. Good sized white head, thick enough with very good retention, leaving heavy lacing on the glass/ Great aroma with lots of citrus, pine, floral notes.grapefruit, some tropical fruits too. Great taste, even better than the aroma I dare say. Lots of fresh hops, lots of pine, plenty of floral notes, still some citrus and grapefruit, , some fruity touches on the very finish. Not an extremely bitter one, instead one with a well balanced bitterness, and a long-lasting one. Medium body, mildly dry on the palate. Nicely carbonated. Extremely high drinkability. Great beer, words fail me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2607) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2015
Pliny the elder Pours a vibrant gold. Prickly fruity citrus hop nose. Wonderfully soft med-full body. Great hoppy biscuity taste with citrusy hops. It lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (942) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle. Light copper pour with a clean white head. Citrus, biscuit, seaweed, pine. Full body. Donít feel the alcohol. Few beer with umami finish along with slight bitterness. Really good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rodmelfer (1) - - FEB 22, 2015 does not count
That's the best Californian IPA ... A lot of aroma hops. balanced between bitterness and maltness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Couch0508 (10) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This beer was my fav from California"..................................

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
to14go (32) - ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2015
On tap at Tiger! Tiger! San Diego. Nice earthy hops aroma. Light balanced bitterness. Nice hopy-grapefruit finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4370) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
6th Feb 2015 and I finally get my hands on a bottle of this beer. 3rd Belgian Beer Board website bottle exchange in De Bierboom, Brugge. The bar owner Rudy had been given two bottles of this and kept one for the exchange evening. He knew I wanted to try it, so early on in the evening he ípalmed meí the bottle for drinking later. At midnight with only about six people left I broached the bottle and we all had a decent sized sample. Poured a golden amber with a weak white head. Aroma was citrusy hops and semi-sweet malts: mild tropical fruitiness hints also. The taste was more malty than the nose intimated with a biscuit like flavour, tempered with a fruity backbone. Expected a hoppier, bitter tasting brew to be honest, liked what I had though and the hops were always in the background waiting to pounce, even though they didnít.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nathan30533 (762) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2015
This is my style of brew. This one was about a month and a half old. Still very sweet and tasty. Great looking brew as it pours a golden yellow with a wonderful white head. Good lacing. Enjoy the gem and get one fresh. The fresher the hops the better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SG111 (301) - New York, USA - FEB 19, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 Pours a golden color with a sticky white head. Aroma is citrus hops, malts, tropical fruits. Flavor is tropical fruit, lots of biscuit and honey malts. An explosion of tropical fruits. Amazing that this beer is pretty much as good as they say. Not that bitter. Less hoppy version of Younger. Needless to say itís Amazing. RR can do hoppy beers amazingly well. Itís their forte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lookabigrock (1) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
Beautiful color, great beginning notes, superbly balanced! Not the best, but definitely a good beer worth a try! I came across it by accident about a week ago at this place while talking about it to a friend. facebook.com/hoppysfoodmart apparently they just started selling it or something.

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