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RATINGS: 2530   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 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chickenflea (346) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottled. Courtesy of Jim - huge thanks. Clear orange pour with a foamy white head. What sets this beer apart is the massive fresh hop aroma. Incredible. I smell pine mostly, but my wife says floral. Probably a little of both. It’s the oily richness of the aroma that counts. Good solid IPA flavor. Very smooth. Bitterness balances with the massive malty backbone. Earthy finish. Warming after a few sips. Overall a wonderful double.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clawson6847 (2) - - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
Quintessential IPA. I've been waiting and waiting to get my palate around this beer, and the time has finally come. Pure delight from the first sip to the last.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElCapitan22 (133) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a nice deep gold color. Smells floral and hoppy. Tastes amazing! Tastes bitter and hoppy, but no over done on either end. Such a shame that we don’t see this more than once a year!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IvoR (74) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2014
This beer is all about freshness. From the many warnings on the label to the date of bottling printed on the bottle (purchased from the brewery) which was less than a week earlier. And the aroma and taste all speak about it. That’s what makes the brew special but other than that, I did not find it particularly outstanding. Still worth trying it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
loubar (76) - Los Gatos, California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2014 Nose of floral citrus. Taste is grapefruit, citrus peel and pine balanced with subtle caramel and sweetness. Rich depth of flavor and mouth feel. Finishes wonderfully clean and dry. Impressive the way the flavors blend so coherently. Alcohol and hops well hidden in richness of flavors. Bitterness only at the finish. Uncommon and outstanding. Not an everyday brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kespecial (29) - - DEC 9, 2014
Hard to find the words...Pliny is simply the best, the Platonic ideal of Imperial west coast IPA. A beautiful orange, with thin white head and continuous little streams of bubbles. Aroma is citrus, hops. Taste is powerful grapefruit and pine balanced with subtle caramel notes. Nice depth of flavor and mouthfeel; delightfully chewy. Finishes wonderfully clean and dry. Hard to analyze as the flavors merge so coherently here. Alcohol perceptible only in richness of flavors. Near perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiereLuc (972) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
(Embouteillée le 1er septembre, bue le 1er décembre - Est-ce que 3 mois est trop vieux pour une Pliny? Let’s see! Chose sûre, dès que j’en ai une fraîche entre les mains, je révise mon évalutation) - Bière dorée, limpide, scintillante; elle mousse avec retenue. Le nez offre toujours de joyeux houblons, encore assez vivants (j’irais même à écrire qu’ils frétillent, mais j’ai peur qu’on me taxe d’over-poétique). En bouche, les houblons sont relativement résineux et fruités. Je ne sens pas leur âge (évidemment, j’écris avec aucun comparatif de fraîcheur). Le profil aromatique est excellent. Parfait? Non! Mais définitivement au-dessus de la moyenne supérieure. Nous avons affaire à une double IPA d’exception qui mérite amplement sa réputation. Désormais, qu’on m’en serve une fraîche!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TylerGreenDC (392) - - NOV 29, 2014
On draft. Aroma-free? (At least here.) Nice lacing. Flavors of grapefruit, orange, hazelnut (walnut?) and something bitter and chewy at the finish. Flavors come in waves. Still a classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
razrq73 (3) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2014 does not count
On tap at Burgers and Brew in Sacramento, Ca. Terrific flavor, semi sweet to balance the bitter. Looks like gold poured in a glass!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2438) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Draft at Stone Liberty Station. Pours clear bright gold with a bubbly white head. Tastes like strong sweet orange citrus, caramel, sweet grapefruit, and very light pine and very light hop bitterness. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet citrus candy, pine hops, and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (5763) - ITALY - NOV 21, 2014
On tap oro limpida agrumata agrumato fruttata secca bel amaro deciso resinosa lunga

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