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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2029) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Wow, Ive wanted this one for a while and have had it twice in one week! (Thanks to Skinnyguy for sharing, and StFun for sending me a bottle out of nowhere!) Hazy apricot pour, medium carbonation and smells of resinous pine and grapefruit. Flavor is tons of hops (of course), orange, sour grapefruit and then finishes very dry with plenty of herbson the aftertaste. Solid DIPA.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hanniku (13) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2009
Bottled, thanks vode! Pale amber color. Small white head. Intense and rich sweetish aroma: a lovely pungent hoppiness with citrus, grapefruit, apricot and pine. The rich and full flavor follows the aroma with a very strong but also well balanced and even soft hoppiness. The drying hoppy aftertaste is enduring and rich too. A magnificent double india pale ale, especially when it is possible to drink the beer as fresh.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Had the draught. Piney hop smell. Flavor was great, hoppy but balanced with a nice bitter edge and aftertaste. Very good IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alasdair (76) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2009
What else can you say about this legend. Great aroma; massive flavour. The balance, rounded bitterness, and drinkability really did it for me. What a beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Tap, at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. Gold with very fine, long-lived white head. Ultra-fresh bright hop flower aroma, hops green and crushed right off the vine. Abundant fresh green hop flavor, very lively and pungent, just a light malt backdrop. But then a husky hop pellet flavor begins to show up, and a lot of the magic is tainted. Not at all too bitter, just that horse-feed sack quality of lots of pellets that just really distracts from the pleasure of the flower thing, which had been going so well. Brilliant aroma, and still impressive, but not what I want my hop bombs to taste like.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1579) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Thanks to hophead22 for this one, rating 900 for this beer. Pour is hazy copper with medium off-white head. Aroma is huge citrus hop, mostly grapefruit and oranges. Only small amount of malt detectable in aroma. Very clean scent. Flavor is true to nose with huge hop flavor all over: grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and late pine. Finish is subtly malty with a melange of hop flavors, some bitter, some piny. This beer drinks very very easy for an I IPA. Really is very crisp and refreshing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
Had this on tap at Malt and Vine in Washington State. Amber-orange color with one finger of dense off-white head. Smell is an inviting combination of floral, citrus and piney hop oils. Flavor is an aggressive tornado of hoppy grapefruit, hoppy pineapple and tangerines, caramel-hops, light yeast-hoppiness, and a hint of biscuits with hops baked into them.... The hops just seem to romace every over flavour.... Somehow the finish remains smooth and lingering without being predominantly bitter. This beer is truly miraculous, both powerful/complex and smooth/drinkable. Cudos to the Brewmaster at Russian RIver for creating such a masterful and venerable Imperial IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2009
Sampler tray at Najas place. Clear golden with a medium head. weak citrus aroma, much more mellow than the Younger. Good hop bitterness. It tastes just as bitter as the Younger, but the latter punches your nose in a way the Elder would never dream of. A much more balanced approach.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2009
UPDATED: APR 1, 2011 500ml bottle pours a darker orange then the younger with a nice cream color head. The smell is floral and hopy. I love IPAs. The taste is much more complex the younger its sweeter and citrusy the hops hit at the end and its glorious. The after taste is much longer and I love ever second of it. I wish I had more of this brew its amazing!!!! A must try to all you IPAheads out there!!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
umpquabrewer (3) - Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2009 does not count
Glass- Tripel Karmeliet Tulip Temp- 49 degrees A- The head is tight and cream colored, about 1/2in. It is a nice golden raw honey color and unfiltered. S- The first thing I get is citrus and pine! It starts out grapefruit and pine needles that transitions into pine and tangerine. Awesome! M- The mouth feel is very nice, its not too light, actually almost creamy. D- Great carbonation that has a piney, peppery and hoppy finish. It is a wonderful dry finish that allows you to enjoy this great IPA without the expected heaviness. Ironically this is not my favorite type of beer and happens to be my first review. I am now a huge fan!


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