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RATINGS: 2837   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 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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
09maso3 (72) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 500ml bottle from bottleworks seattle. pours cloudy orange with a dissipating head with great lacing. all about the grapefruit in the nose. ive never had an IPA that actually smells this much like grapefruit! the nose also has some spicy and earthy hop undertones. great aroma. enough malt to keep it balanced but flavour again is all about the hops. Unlike the aroma the flavour is much more varied and no one hop taste predominates. theres citrus, spice, pine and that same interesting earthiness. full body with a great bitter punch at the finish. overall its a very complex and satisfying dipa that is not hard to drink, i feel i could drink a couple pints no problem, the alcohol burn does not cut through as you drink in the same way as with other DIPA. one of my faves!!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
evergreen0199 (3156) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Fred in LA. A hazy amber coloured pour with a slight white head. Huge hoppy/floral/pine aroma. Big hoppy taste, slight bitterness with malt, a very well balanced and complex DIPA. This is so damn drinkable and everything that I imagined it would be. Possibly one of the best beers that I have ever tasted.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2010 Source: On tap Glass: Pint Aroma: Holy cow batman. Tons of pine, and awesome aroma. Appearance: Light copper color, with some haziness. Flavor: Incredible flavor. Tons of hop flavor and bitterness, but still balanced despite an obvious lack of malt sweetness. Palate: Lively carbonation, wonderful lingering bitterness. Overall: Awesome beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (19831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 2010-04-15, courtesy of Oakes, fresh (bottled 030410), 10-5-9-5-19=48
Cloudy golden color; generous creamy head. The aroma is amazing, huge citrusy and piney hops, with a sharp manure edge, followed by mellow yellow fruits (peaches). When finally I manage to get the attention away from the aroma, the flavor reveals in its beauty; toffee struggles to find a way through valleys of hops, resins flow in from everywhere, fruits cant be late to the appointment (oranges, mango, apricots, tangerines). The body is thinner than the alcohol content may suggest, especially in the final, but this improves the drinkability. Fresh, it can easily be the best

2009-05-25, brought by friend Dennis, 1 year old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
My first Russian River

Beautiful copper color, medium head. It has an intense hoppy aroma, fruity (bitter oranges and light mango) and with pine needles; persistent. The body is lean, with a strong caramel and toffee flavor, dry; the bitterness is strong but not excessive, well balanced, with good resins and bitter orange peels. Very good, but my expectations were very high, for something more astonishing.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Clear golden pour with smallish white head. Aroma is riddled with pine, spruce, and citrus. Its like I sent an entire evergreen forest through a chipper. Floral nectar and spice and earthy tones as well. Some caramel malt comes through subtly as she warms. Flavor is surprisingly subdued- perhaps in part because of the quantity of sweet caramel malt. Lots of bitter orange rinde and sticky resin. Palate is medium for the style, finishing quite dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2009
On tap, served in a shaker glass. Lightly hazed light amber with a big sticky off-white head. The nose was somewhat simple with just some pine and citrus coming through. The flavor stepped in and made up for that though with a huge hop presence. Dense resinous pine, grapefruit,and a bit of floral. Deep bitterness is kept in check by a ribbon of underlying sweetness. Very easy to drink, dangerous. I was super excited to finally get to try Pliny and while it was very good and extremely well crafted the hype was a little too much. There are several other DIPAs that are just as good and much more easily obtainable such as Great Divides Hercules.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Brewed in the USA...... On tap at Monks Cafe in Philly. Pours a hazy orange color with a large foamy white head. Aroma of pine, hops, oranges and pineapples. Taste is also of citrus fruits with some hops, malts for balance and some floral notes. The mouthfeel was full in body with some dryness and a slight bitter finish. This double IPA was on my wish list for appx a year now. It was extremely good and worth the wait.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 On tap in NYC: This is one damn good beer. So light and refreshing- and the perfect balance of hops. The 8% abv is only noticablable by its warming effect. This finish is the best Ive ever had. Dangerously drinkable times ten. Rerate 4/23/2010: Lots is citrus, pine, a tang of alcohol, cereal malts. #085. DG.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
On tap @ the brewpub. I swear this has got to be my 5th time entering this rating, but hell, I dunno. I blame Joe! Clear dark honey with a one finger off-white head, pretty good retention. Luckily, this batch was put on tap within the last week, and the dank herbal notes are still intact. Pine and citrus rinds also abound, though not a lot of malts--but that isnt expected. The flavor does add some caramel sweetness, but still cant hold up to the hop bitterness onslaught. Dry herbal finish with bitterness peaking around a 7, alcohol slightly warming the belly. Burps pine. Moderate carbonation with a medium-full body. So deliciously awesome, I cant put in words--once this has been on tap a couple weeks it does lose some of its luster, but fresh, I may even prefer it to the overly expensive, undated Dreadnaught.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (17589) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2009
50cl bottle from trade with Cgarvieuk. First off, and it is a big first off, thanks to Cgarvieuk for trading this for me. Cheers Craig, without you, I wouldnt have had this beer. Craig is becoming one of the best traders in the UK. The beer is gold orange with a lasting white head, that keeps its condition. Very piney hops on the aroma. Some almost meaty pate. Piney leafy grapefruit. Great aroma, but not the best ever so a 9 I think here, because the piney hops are good, but maybe not quite fresh leafy enough for a 10. God this is hard, as Ive had some delicious flavours in my mouth so far today. Almost salty resiny piney in the mouth. God the finish is huge. I mean huge. What an assault of hops. Glad Im sat down or would have fallen down. Aroma and finish are amazing, but the middle does go a bit walkabout. Some toffee, but not a huge amount of malt to back up the hops. Drinkable, but I think a little lacking in structure in the mouth. I mean I am being really picky here. Most beers I wouldnt worry about, but this deserves my full concentration. Start and finish are brilliant, straight off one of the best beers Ive had. And itll get a very very good score. But this is going up against some of my favourite beers, and this is where its going, so Im now comparing this to the top 20 beers Ive had. Yes, I love it, but it doesnt quite stir the passion of some others. Mind you that, finish does reach down to my groin and rips my balls back up through my throat. Now it just comes down to a holistic feel about the beer. And this is where it becomes difficult, splitting the reputation, the difficulty in getting it, from the beer itself. What if Id never heard of it and just drank it? Well, as a beer it is still incredibly good. The aroma of piney hops, the drinkability in the mouth and the finish is just about the best Ive had. Maybe just a bit too soft in the mouth. But this really is gorgeous. The very top echelon? Not quite. But pretty damn close. Thanks again to Ratebeer for letting me know this beer existed and thanks to Craig for letting me try it.


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