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RATINGS: 2663   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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4.4
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.

4.7
arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Poured a yellow, almost pilsener color with a nice lasting white head. Aromas of thick grapefruit, citrus, and floral aftertones. One of the most balanced DIPAs ever, with huge hop character backed my copious caramel malt with a satisfying and lasting bitter taste that is thick and chewy. Best beer of it’s kind by far!

3.8
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2009 (on tap at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO). Cloudy, light orange color. Medium off white head. Strong hop/grapefruit aroma. Strong hop flavor with light pine. Long duration. Slick texture. Bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

4.4
hallinghansen (3351) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2013 # 200. Bottle at the brewery. Clear yellow body, with a medium white head. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, grapes, fruit and sweet. Flavor is hops sweet fruit, grapefruit. The alcohol is well hidden. Smooth body, and a pleasant bitterness. I´m glad that I have one in my cellar. (9,3,9,4,17) RE-RATE: Trade from StefanSD, thanks buddy. Clear yellow body with a large white head. Lots of hops, fruit, grapefruit, some sweet caramel, piney notes, wet grass and light alcohol notes. Smooth and very drinkable. This is simply amazing. I´d wish I had access to this beauty. Thanks again StefanSD.

4.5
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2010 Bottle from AndyReynolds. My first Russian River brew. Obviously strong hop aroma and flavors dominate this beer. Flavor is fantastic. Full of hop oils. Even has a slight fruity character. I was surprised at how strong the hop flavor was while not having an overly bitter finish. Very smooth considering how hoppy. I can’t wait to try this one again.

4
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 1. From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 12/10/2007 Fruity and very hoppy aroma. Small white head. Clear golden coloured hoppy and fruity with a crisp and bitter lasting finish. 2. On Tap at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 13/10/2008 Lots of carbonation. Very hoppy aroma. Small white head. Golden coloured crisp fruity and very hoppy with a little dryness in a bitter finish.

4.5
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Originally reviewed 8/12/2008... Thanks to Joey from South Bay Drugs for keeping this in stock concurrent with our Coronado family trip-poured into Coronado Brewing pint glass... Golden honey body with sparse visible carbonation and ample head with nice texture and lacing. Of course I can smell the hops without trying. Very sweet, oily, bountiful hop aroma with velvety caramel malt backbone. Faint alcohol serves as a binder (or a catalyst). Can’t get better than this. Of course the floral hops dominate but there’s a malt nuttiness-almost peanut brittle-that mixes with the mild alcohol essence to create beautiful chemistry. Deep, well balanced yet hop-bitter citrus grapefruit puckering finish mellowed well by velvety caramel malt. First pour could use a little more carbonation to bring out all elements but warmth takes care of this. One of the best-a stellar example of the style.


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