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.

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3.5
jhsnitz1 (1331) - Pendleton, South Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2022
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2022 Pale yellow color, resinous aroma. Taste starts with malt sweetness and finishes with a resinous hop bitterness.

4.2
ZacM612 (1459) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2022
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2022 From bottle purchased at John’s Marketplace in Portland. Piney, floral, aroma. Sweet up front with a pleasing bitter finish.

4.8
MarkBarnes (432) - Waterville, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2022
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2022 8 Jul 2022, Waterville NY USA. So pleased to try this; my son brought a couple of bottles back East from a recent trip to California. Pilsner-like pour. Would never peg this for an Imperial IPA...so clean, fresh & dry. The piney flavor explodes like a firework, then dissipates quickly. It definitely lives up to its hype, and is one of the top two or three beers I've had the opportunity to rate over the years.

4
Yorker (4715) - Nowhere in particular, DENMARK - APR 10, 2022
UPDATED: APR 10, 2022 50 cl bottle. Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma and flavour are grapefruit, citrus, pine, and caramel - with a bitter finish.

4.3
Bricktop86 (1932) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2022
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2022 Mostly clear gold with a soapy white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, grapefruit, black tea, and biscuit. Taste is light sweet and heavy bitter.

3.8
nuplastikk (8500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2022
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2022 Tap at Troubles End. Rated before at Toronado in San Diego but backlogged. Hops are grassy, resinous, bright, soapy. Sort of a different experience than most IIPA, old school and proud. Big, full bodied, layers of hop bitterness. Not really my favorite, but certainly respectable and historically relevant.

2.8
tex3006 (36) - - NOV 29, 2021
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2021 Very clear golden yellow. Extremely hoppy even for an IPA. Too much hop for my taste but otherwise a fine beer.

3.8
atpsynthase (202) - SINGAPORE - NOV 19, 2021
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2021 500 ml bottle from City Beer Store, San Francisco. Three weeks old! Pours an impressive gold, but the head only came when I hard poured. Aroma not as impressive as I expected - just the usual lemon, orange and passionfruit. Taste of honey malt, slight esters and a ton of resinous dank hops. To me that stuck out like a sore thumb and I didn't quite like it. Heavy carbonation but pretty OK mouthfeel. Wouldn't rate it as highly as the other hopheads here.

4.2
DWestrick (1900) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2021
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2021 bottle. Finally got one! A dear friend brought one back from Cali for me. Very good DIPA - classic West Coast Imperial - big hops, balanced, so good.

4.2
jgalm (6) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2021 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2021 Gold to amber hue with touch of redness. Ale is surprisingly hazy to the point of translucency. Head is off white, medium fine structure with some bubbles. There were few carbonation tails. It left wonderfully fine and evenly distributed glass lace. Crisp aroma of floral and perfumy hops, with hints of tropical fruit. Definitely ale esters. High ABV nose makes malt hard to pull through. First taste is rich and full with ample dry malt to balance the hops. The hops come through midway with resiny notes that keep the richness of the malt at bay. This is correct for an IPA; hops should be strong and clear per the style. End taste is extraordinarily clean with no residual bitterness. Feel is definitely firm and smooth, but not chewy. As expected, there is limited carbonation activity in the mouth. Completely World Class. One of the top beers that I have ever enjoyed, in one of my favorite styles.


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