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RATINGS: 2877   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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4.5
Maddog (528) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Let’s not beat around the bush, this beer kicks some serious a$$. Had on draft at the Falling Rock in Denver, CO, and I nearly fell over when I saw it on the list. The owner thinks that this is the farthest east that RR has come. Wow, what a brew! Floral and fruity on the nose, huge hop presence, big citrus hops with a big backbone of malt and even some spice. A huge, tasty beer. A hop head’s dream. Big hops, huge body and a lot of fresh citrus. As it warms, the flavor somehow improves...just magic. This is what an Imperial IPA is supposed to taste like!

4
Strykzone (7356) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Thanks Jason! Enjoyed following Blind Pig. Its my birthday and I had 2 great beers!! Pour is a light brown with a small off white head. A nice floral and citrus aroma. Such a well balanced beer! Hops are big, but not overpowering. They are evened by sweet malt that is oatmeal and applesauce. This is a Double IPA that is dangerously easy to drink. So smooth and tasty. This is art in a bottle. Just so good! Appearance and palate were typical of the style and brought down my rating but this is a truly exceptional beer.

4.6
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle from My Secret Santa, thx santa. Pours a hazy orange gold with a good lasting off white head. The head is foamy and laces well. Has a good hoppy aroma of citrus, and musty pine. Has a good carbonation and a wonderful mouthfeel. The taste is great. More thin than thick but a great mix. Has a super bitterness too it but is so well balanced it works great. Alcohol is hidden very well. The texture is thin as I said earlier. Has a great finish and the perfect aftertaste. This is just one awesome beer. Has a medium body. I would drink this anytime anywhere I love this beer.

4.2
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Pours a warm light copper with thin white head. Good lacing. Aroma is strong with hops and grapefruit. Notes of grass and other citrus fruits also jump out. On the mouth it feels crisp and refreshing. It is very light considering how strong the hop pressence is. The finish is refreshing and smooth. Overall, this is by far one of the best IPAs I have ever had. I really enjoyed it and wish some place around me sold it.

4.4
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2009
My god, about the lighest, most hoppy beer there is. So light it almost tastes juicy, and the juice is alllll grapefruit. Wow, this is one hell of a beer for citrus lovers. Probably the best one I’ve had, save for Yulesmith. So crisp it tastes like drinking carbonated grapefruit juice with a shot of thin lively something or other in it. Mmmm, so good.

3.8
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2009
I really really wanted to try this and it was almost as good as I thought it would be. Pours a golden color with a long lasting tall white head. Nice aroma which smells like piney hops more than citrus... maybe I’m wrong on that. Thin mouthfeel which I wasn’t a huge fan of, but the overall flavor is great. Nice mild bitterness, that isn’t too biting but you definitely know there was a heavy dosage of hops. Great stuff, but there’s a bunch of other DIPA’s i would rather drink

4.4
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Hazy copper pour with a fluffy off-white head. Excellent retention, sticky lace. The beer looks delicious. Aroma consists of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, a touch of pine. Flavor starts off caramel sweet and carbonation followed eventually by citrus bitterness and a dry finish. Hides the 8% very nicely! Smooth medium body, moderate low carbonation. This is what a west coast IIPA should taste like. Great beer!

4
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle with a bottled on date of 6-10-09. Slightly murky pale orange with a medium white head. Unusual perfume aroma with hints of lemon, grass, wheat, and cat piss(???). Very bitter flavor, this thing will pucker you up, there is a sweetness lingering in there but dominantly bitter. Medium body with slick almost oily mouth feel, a bit lighter than most IIPA’s. This is a full blown hop monster of an IIPA but goes down smooth.

4.8
jonbeer (1) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2009 does not count
Simply the best beer I have ever tasted. Keeping in mind that DIPA’s are my bag.

4.5
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Hazy amber with solid head and lacing. Extremely herby aroma, almost like marijuana. Very resiny, herby, slightly grassy hop taste, barely a trace of citrus. Just a hint of malt base, long herby finish, very subdued bitterness.


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