RATINGS: 2851   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   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 uncles 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2221) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2011 500ml bottle from Ynot2 thanks Kevin. Bottled 080911. Consumed today so a bit over a month old.
Appearance : Clear yellow small foamy white head. Some lacing but not that much.
Aroma : Big leafy and floral hops with lots of malt and some spices. Very fruity with notes of mangos, pinneaple and passion fruits. Complex notes of cereals on the nose with light honeyed notes.
Taste : Lots of malt with fruity hops. Floral and a bit spicy. Finish is quite bitter with lots of malt and some spices. Carbonation is delightfully soft. Alcohol pretty much absent.
Overall : Always a nice one to have. Malt of gorgeous and mixes really well with the fruity hops. Bitterness is sharp and rather intense but this is still quite drinkable... almost quaffable thanks to the softness of the carbonation. Biggest modification os this rating is palate going from 3 to 5. Dont know why I never noticed the awesomeness of the palate in this beer. Had the first can of Heady Topper a week ago and I think PtE is better. Lets wait a while for Alchemist to tune up everything before making a final call !

Bottle thanks to glouglou. Pours pale amber with a small head. Long retention. Nice lacing. Nose is floral hops, some grapefruit, a bit citrusy. Taste is floral hops. Not so bitter. Quite dry. Finish is bitter. Some hints of fruits. Very drinkable and sessionable. Very good beer. Really need to try this one again.
2oz tasting at EBF
Appearance : Hazy yellow, some lacing.
Aroma : Leafy and herbal hops. Some passion fruit. Dry feeling. Aroma bumped from 8 to 9
Taste : Herbal hops with a bitter finish. Passion fruits.
Overall : Had it side by side with PtY and SN Hoptimum. PtY was better and PtE was comparable to Hoptimum. Over 17 to 18. Total rating 9,4,9,3,18; 4.3 on Feb 23rd 2010.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
redeyeloon (21) - Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2009
500mL bottle > goblet My nose picks up nettles and freshly picked grapes. The appearance is quite appealing apricot hue. Head is thin off-white and thins out quickly with persistent lacing. Flavor is superb balance of fruity and hoppy - geranium twang with mild raspberry and spruce notes. Mouthfeel is slightly watery smooth and not so oily, which is a pleasant surprise. The more I drink it the more I like it. Makes me think nectar of the gods. (Also makes me think up things Ive never thought of before, like "geranium twang" - wtf?!) I really cant imagine how Russian River did this without using magic. Want more now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wattersla (11) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottled. A golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet hoppy and malty with a lovely fresh grapefruit note. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of fruit - especially grapefruit - leading to a good bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10488) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 9, 2009
Botella, thanks a bunch Shaun! Hazy orange colour. Lovely ripe fruity piney aroma. Good well filling mouthfeel. mouthfeel. The flavour has lots of ripe fruits, pine, bitter hoppiness and a pleasant sweetness. Long lasting dry bitter fruity pine finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2009
A incredible brew of this style...this is the quintessential Douple IPA. Pours a nice orangy gold with a one finger head of tiny, compact bubbles. Aroma is huge with pleny of grapefruit and pine. While there is plenty of hops in the flavor, especially on the finish, this isnt one of those over the top hop bombs that will take the enamel off your teeth. This one is much more balanced with plenty of malt. A very well balanced Double. Lives up to its reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (12001) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2009
bottle, shared by shaun. (thanks a bunch) orange, small white head. aroma is very nice strong, yet balanced hoppy. flavor is a bit more watery than the aroma, still its very fine.flowery, faint malty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kangaroo (67) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2009
This Beer blew my mind. I cannot think of this as a double IPA. I love double IPAs, but this is something more. I have had this beer once and the flavor is perfect. I have found articles on cloning this beer in home brewing and information on dry hopping. This beer made me go out and learn something new and expanded my understanding of what beer can be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - NOV 5, 2009
091009 bottle from tipsy liquor in CO. good beer. definately well balanced for a double. very drinkable and i seek it out whenever i can. i appreciate that the brewery attends a lot of events and brings a lot of beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AskForJenny (1077) - Ontario, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2009
91009 bottle 0.5l - Color of apple cider, orange & brown combined. One finger of off white head, smallest of bubbles. Pine and citrus on nose, not room filling but plenty strong up close. Light and watery mouthfeel, yet more than enough malt to support the hop oils. Bitter finish. Top notch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Superb flavor and aroma profile, my only complaint is the inconsistency because of all the hopping involved. On-tap and bottled versions vary wildly and this is the only thing that keeps it from being a 5.0 in my book. Well-balanced, gnarly hops, and a beefy malt bill make this a very enjoyable and extremely dangerous IIPA. And yes, it CAN be for EVERYONE. Even my girlfriend, drinker of all things malty, lover of sweet wines, hater of IPAs and hoppy pale ales...she completely adores this beer.

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