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RATINGS: 2687   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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4.8
AskForJenny (1086) - 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.

4.7
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.

4.7
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2009
500 ml bottle from a cross country trade with my buddy Ryan.. Been dreaming about this brew for some time now. Pours a deep gold, with a reddish glow in the center. Fire opal. Suprisingly white, pillowy head. Cumulohoppus. Aroma is very powerful, pine, fresh-squeezed citrus, and dare I say it, notes of powerful marijuana. Taste is hop centric, with a nice bitter bite on the finish that I find myself missing in other, "smoother" hop bombs. 20 minutes later -- like all great IPA’s, this one has brutalized my palate thoroughly, and now, in the final pleased sip, it is honey sweet, with a bitter kiss. Bravo, California -- how can your economy be such a mess when you’re churning out gems like this one? Four words: San Diego Hop Rush

3.9
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2009
Very nice brew. Very nice floral aroma, some citrus, a fair bit of pine? Has a nicely balanced flavour of citrus, pine and nice bite of hoppiness. I would still rather a dogfish90 or hop15 personally but this is very nicely done.

5
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow/orange color with golden ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Soapy rings of lacing coat the glass. Very floral hop aroma with dank earthy bus notes, resinous hop oils, sticky pine, citrus peel slight alcohol. Lemon peel and grapefruit are prominent with a good bit of earthy pine. Subtle malt backbone but this is mostly all glorious stinky hops. Probably the best smelling beer I’ve experienced. Dry bitter floral hop blast up front with a lot of chewy resinous oily hop notes. There are so many different flavors going on here and this is the most well balanced, drinkable beers I’ve ever had. Lots of sweet citrus notes, mostly lemon peel and grapefruit ans a nice creamy body with subtle malt that provides a perfect balance. Dry sticky pine notes come through in the finish but it is stiil very floral and extremely smooth and quaffable. There is a very slight alcohol warmth towards the end of the swallow and in the finish but otherwise the ABV is very well masked. This beer is so flavorful and well balanced that’s it’s dangerously drinkable. I love this beer and have to say it’s in my top five all time.

4.2
garthicus (2962) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 28, 2009
With great thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Golden orange with a beautiful frothy white head. Aroma: Sexy. Just a lovely hop aroma, pine, pineapple, floral, roses, just a beautiful IPA-ness about it. Flavour: Sweet jebus, lovely zingy/tangy/pineapple with enormous amounts of floral goodness, I can imagine drinking this by the bucket, delicious fruity finish. Just delicious. Potentially my favourite IPA

4.6
cathcacr (649) - Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2009
#583 (Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez as of the end of ’09).

Right out of the bottle, right out of the first sip, this beer announces itself without any ambiguity: It is an Imperial IPA. I can’t imagine a beer nailing this style better than this one, though I have yet to try 3F Dreadnought for comparison.

4.2
gam (4135) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2009
Nice frothy head misty yellow pour good look,aroma floral citrus peel,citric passionfruit,some stonefruit coming through,hops are superb,mild caramel,flavour wow! this is smooth yet so full of sharp flavours,the bitter of citrus peel a real winner grapefruit,passionfruit and pine caramel hint apricot comes to mind a lovely fizz on the palate,finish so smooth great hop flavours a good bitterness a real palate pleaser.

4.7
marcday (1) - , Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2009 does not count
A fine demonstration of why the USA is now taking over the leadership of new and innovative beer. It’s really good for the strength, and drinks from the bottle very well. I personally preferred the bottle rather than the cask - what a heathen! Not the best of the best, but in the 95th percentile.

4.2
Bitzybrew (41) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Wow! Got this from my friend Tom in CA. One of my new favorite double IPAs. Great balance if your a hop head and love an IPA with good malt flavor and a nice hop bite.


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