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RATINGS: 2689   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   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 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.

phiconners' rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Finally found at Whole Foods in La Jolla. Pours a beautiful straw color, small white head. Aroma is very hoppy. Flavor is slightly different from what I expected based on the aroma. The hops have a more earthy flavor. The bitterness is there, but very nicely balanced. It is smooth, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zlotta (446) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
0.51 l bottle from Firma Bier, bottled in September 2015. Clear, golden orange with a medium large, creamy, almost stable, white head. Sweetish, fruity-floral aroma of passion fruit, mango, orange, honey and some pine. Sweetish, fruity-resiny taste of passion fruit, mango, orange and pine, accompanied by notes of honey and caramel. Rather long, medium bitter and grapefruity finish. Medium to full body, very creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Overall with a massive malty backbone and a balancing, punchy hop bite. Lovely on the palate, super-fruity and juicy as well. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (3084) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle at tasting, one month after bottling date. Golden pour. Fresh aroma of citrus, pine, grain and some caramel. Hoppy fresh taste, with lots of citrus, mild peach, pine, grassy herbs, mild cara and a dry finish. Good dipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Larkin (13) - Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2015
From Bottle. Golden in color, excellent lacing. Rush of citrus and pine at the start, light ale flavor mid palate filled by little bitter rush. This is a great Imperial IPA, part of my love of it is the hype it bares within the community. And further I feel my rating is also biased because of its scarcity, but I have yet to find its equal in style at any local american store in a bomber.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hopmaestro (716) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2015
Sometimes you are just lucky. A more fresh Pliny than this one is hard to find in this side of the world. Bottled just 2 weeks ago and arrived in Sweden for me to enjoy. And I did. Aroma is sweet malty with grapefruit and pine needles. Taste is grassy, piney and yet with a balanced sweetness towards the bitterness. It’s hard not to give this a top rating, and if I didn’t, I would just be another hipster who wants to be different. Excellent Imperial IPA this one, even if there are several that are more easy to find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3052) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Everyone cleared their palate with copious amounts of water before trying this one. A shared 16.9 oz. bottle poured to snifters displaying a clear & bright, golden hue, with presentable, bubbly white head foam, and clingy spots & strands of lacing. The nose started out dank, then pleasantly pungent notes of citrus as grapefruit & lemon, with a bit of resinous backing. Light to medium bodied, with decent effervescence to the carbonation, just a hint of mellowing caramel sweetness, and a mild alcohol presence, the taste also included a healthy & lingering, citrusy & earthy hop bitterness, but 100 IBUs? Not blown away, but quite smooth, and balanced in all the right places.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Juiceman (6) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2015 does not count
Easily the best beer I have tasted so far. I had to go back and get a second pint during a tasting to enjoy it again. I will certainly keep coming back for this delicious brew. Mild aroma but packs huge flavor! I'm surprised it has an IBU of 100.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (407) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
À la fois douce et amère, chargée de résine de conifères mais laissant également deviner des petites baies rouges en arrière plan. C’est très facile à boire, il n’y a rien de démesuré et la texture est douce et soyeuse. L’alcool est parfaitement camouflée. Je dois par contre dire que mes goûts au niveau de la bière ont changé depuis quelques temps et les (D)IPA ont davantage de difficulté à atteindre le sommet de mon palmarès. La Pliny est une bière réussie mais qui, à mon avis, ne vient pas réellement changer la donne pour les amateurs de bières du Québec, situés si près des géantes vermontoises.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luckylucy667 (41) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Big pine mango hop aroma. Taste sticky n sweet, finishes with big hop oil mouth costing hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
faust7 (4) - - SEP 18, 2015 does not count
Opened within a month of bottling, and kept it refrigerated at all times. Poured a cloudy golden yellow, and the head was quick to dissipate. I took a quick whiff and while subtle, there were a lot of hoppy and earthly tones that meshed really well. The first sip hit me with a traditional IIPA feel of sharp bitterness and flavor, but the finish was ungodly smooth for its style. The hops linger a little bit afterwards, not enough to be annoying, but just soft enough to it’s easy to remember the flavor long after you’ve finished with the sip. Overall a wonderful beer, although the effort put in to find it is a little off putting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malkhalif (4) - - SEP 15, 2015 does not count
From a 510ml bottled on 082115. 25 days old bottle. In a large tulip. Aroma: Pine, lots of pine. Not a lot of dank, this is different than heady. Little on the citrus side, just a little grapefruit rind. This is the father of all the floral, spicy and herbal dipas. Not too hoppy, and that’s why perhaps you hear once in a while how this is very disappointing beer. There is a significant present of nice bready malts in here. Appearance: Clear bright golden in color. Nice little white foamy head. Those bubbles are just so beautiful to watch. Has a nice carbonation for a dipa. Taste: malty, sweet and bitter. Piney and spicy. Little herbal finish and nice little dryness. Wonderfull and complex. Palate: The mouthfeel reminds me a lot of Blind Pig, very unique, and hard to articulate. Oily, sticky and very lively. Overall: Pliny is unique. The mouthfeel, the carbonation, the spicy/herbal/piney notes here are unique. Don’t call this beer overrated because it’s not better than heady or other east coast ipas.

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