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RATINGS: 2837   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davhix (38) - Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2009
fantastic. floral, citrus, malt, all balanced perfectly. buying this again.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a nice frothy, off-white head. Aromas of hops but so much more such as malts, maple syrup, and some citrus. Palate is simply amazing as the beer is perfect - smooth at the beginning with a nice slick middle finishing in a clean manner. Flavor is even better as the beer is perfectly balances between the hops and malts. Somehow Pliny manages to drink like an IPA without smacking you around with the hops. This is the perfect beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JCAZ (7) - Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2009 does not count
On tap at Stone. Summary: One of the overall best DIPAs Ive ever had. Balanced, flavorful, long finish, true to style.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
500ml bottle from a trade with bhensonb. pours a slightly hazed orange with minimal carb and sexy lacings. a small snow white head lingers across the cap. aroma of hops, with hops and hops. the flavour is of hops, hops, and hops. one dimentional in both the flavour and aroma because of the massive hops assault. it has a perfect mouthfeel and is quite balanced across the palate. pretty damn stunning! thx bill!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7986) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle kindly shared by hallinghansen. Cloudy orange body with a medium steady off white head. Very fruity and hoppy aroma. Notes of citrus, grapefruit, peach, pine and light caramel. Creamy and smooth texture. The flavour is peach, citrus, passion fruit, grapefruit, caramel and flowers. Lovely! ery balanced, tasteful and refreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
tap at capones, bronze colored pour with a big white head, was actually cool to have it side by side with the younger to see just how nice the color was, the balance was great..tons of hops in both the nose and the taste, some great pine tones mixed in with hay and light caramel. finish was bitter, but again balanced to not give the mouth puckering effect. awesome.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ColoradoMatty (16) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 After months of searching, I was lucky enought to find a secret stash in Colorado. They were bottled 7/20/09, so very fresh. Poured into tulip glass and it has a murky, yet glowing oragnge hue. The aroma has strong hints of pine and kind. The first sip has an unforegettable bite to it. Very sticky resin like quality with the best lacing I have ever seen. This is hop-heads dream. Simply put, the most enjoyable beer I have ever had. My freinds make fun of me for drinking IPAs all of the time. However, I gave a Pliny to the most cirtical of beer drinking friends, without telling him it was an IPA. He could not stop talking about how delicious it is! I think Snoop Dog would call this IPA "sticky icky icky!"

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Hops Hops and more HOPS just how I like em! Excellent brew. I think i have found my new favorite beer. excellent aroma and flavors that burts your taste buds. Very well balanced brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2010 Giving this a much deserved rerate. Orange golden color with a frothy white head and sticky layers of lacing. This is all about piles of aromatic American hops, with hay, grass, grapefruit, floral aromas, cedar, and lemon rind. Some biscuity and caramel malt to balance, but its all about the big hop nose and flavor. The intense hops and touch of alcohol pleasantly bites at your tongue on the long bitter finish. Dryer than its big brother, the Younger. Huge and aromatic without being overpoweringly bitter or overly sweet. Could drink this one forever.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Bottled 7-9-09, consumed 8-2-09. Pours a clear amber with a white frothy head. Aroma has tons of pine and spruce, along with earthy manure, barnyard, light caramel malt, and a bit of pollen as it warms; very complex smell. Flavor isnt as big and aggressive as expected: lots of caramel malt, orange rind, and intensely bitter at the finish. Very good and complex, but maybe not quite up to the hype.


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