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RATINGS: 2867   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 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.

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4.6
Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2009
This is a perfect DIPA. Perfect! The pour produces a slick, clear gold with a minimal head. The aroma is pops with fresh floral and citric notes, slight booze, butterscotch, and bready malts. The flavour is equally, if not more impressive. Notes of spruce, grassy dry hops, and slight leather. The body is perfectly carbonated, sharp but not overpowering, and the finish is quite dry and long. Hooray beer! Hooray Russian River!

4.1
kappldav123 (6097) - GERMANY - DEC 3, 2009
Big thanks to mashmaster for this one. The bottle looks good, the beer in the glass also. Starts very hoppy and strong, intense grasy notes. Also quite woody-earthy, but still well balanced. Intense finish, complex hoppy, still dry. Wonderful!

4.4
phaleslu (10101) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2016 Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Pours a beautiful orange-gold color with a big rocky off-white head that craters and leaves some uneven lace. I just tried a Blind Pig this past weekend and never thought the aroma could be beaten; well, this equals it. Floral hops lead the charge, with nice orange and grapefruit citrus, mixed fruits, pine, sweet malts, and a bouquet of flowers. The flavor is still outstanding, but nothing could live up to that nose. Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, bitter hops, pine, and floral notes. This isnít a hop bomb and the 8% ABV is muted and just the perfect amount. Light-medium bodied, with average carbonation. Dry and resinous. A dry, bitter, semi-sweet finish. Re-Rate: Confirmed. Had on tap a few times at the brewpub (and numerous times in bottles since). Excellent DIPA. A standard.

4.3
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2009
On tap at Caponeís. Pours a nice golden color with a little white head. Has the smell of bananas and pine. Has a great piney citrus taste and is very well balanced. One of the best DIPAs no doubt. To bad isnít more redly available.

4.1
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
pint size bottle. citrus smells, very refreshing, does not taste like a double. no wonder it is sought after as one of the best double ipaís.

3.6
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2009
From bottle : Pours a hazy, carbonated golden color with a finger of bubbley head. Thick lacing. Pine hops jump from the glass, with some citrus also noted. Taste is bitter and abrasive at first, mellows out toward the end but the bitter never stops, all the way into the aftertaste it still has that bitter bite. Has a pretty light body, with a slick feel in the mouth. Quite good, but i dont think it lived up to the hype....for me atleast.

4.2
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle at Chris_oís "smash Kookís granny tasting". Alround rating: Great citrusy grapefruit and lychee nose, balanced in a flavour profile manner, but has a great bitterness yet a body to hold it together. Excellent IPA.

4.3
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Clear golden brown beneath a frothy white head. Amazing hop aroma, a blast of citrus and pine. Great balance, but the hop flavors really take over. Tons of juicy hop flavor pine, spruce and grapefruit zest. Finishes dry with some lingering lemon notes.

4.2
madmitch76 (24388) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 22nd August 2008.
Hazy gold beer. Grassy and piney hops with a sweet pineapple undertone. Some bitter grapefruit in the finish. Very refreshing.

30th June 2012
Donít know who brought this but big thanks! Iíve had this beer on 5 or 6 occasions and whilst Iíve always enjoyed it I didnít really get the hype. Well this one blew me away! Super smooth. Mild malt base. Beautiful smooth piney hops - mellow. A little tropical fruits. Lovely smooth DIPA. Okay I get it now!

13th March 2013
Thanks Deeblo for another bite of this classic. Light orange marmalade and pine. Touch of skunk. Lovely!

3.7
fonefan (48737) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2009
Bottle 50cl. @ home.
[ Courtesy of SecretSanta ]. Clear medium orange color with a average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light heavy hoppy, pine, grapefruit, orange - citrus, fruity - peach. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090814]


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