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RATINGS: 2658   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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4.1
finol (3428) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2009
Bottled on 021609 consumed 061609. Bought at Cracked kettle. Pours hazy golden with a yellowish head. Smells of grapefruit, pineapple and oranges. Tastes like hard fruit candy, finishes a bit bitter. Has some unidentifyed "belgian feel" to it, well balanced!

4.5
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Yum Yum Yum, enjoyed this one with BigBang. Very smooth and very tasty and very well balanced - very fresh!

3.8
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Strong piney citrus nose, smells sticky!!! Pours a light golden blonde with a thin white head. Big hop flavor, there’s no balance here, way over the top, lots of sticky pine resin and bitter grapefruit peel, great hop flavors.

3.1
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Poured cloudy orange with a 2-finger head, aroma was strong hops with pine and grapefruit notes. Flavor was hop dominant with high bitterness, not well balanced with malt. The alcohol is very well hidden. A great beer, but slightly overrated IMO.

3.9
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2009
500ml bottle. Bottled on 4/7/09. Served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear pale gold with two fingers of white head. Big piney hop aroma. For some reason I got a little cat piss, but hey I’ve got cats. It went away quickly. It wasn’t as bitter as the nose would suggest. Medium bodied with a decent malt base. Long dry finish with the mouth pucker you would expect from a DIPA. Maybe could have been a bit fresher. Good beer, but I think I expected more.

4.5
Hopcrazy (27) - Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Bottle at E bremerton red apple. Ahh. Pours a cloudy orange color. Nose is citrus and floral - could smell it for longer, if I didn’t already know how it tasted, Inital flavor is citrus/grapefruit floral hoppiness. No dynamic shift as the end of the taste is similar to the front - Balanced and full. Favorite beer right now.

4.2
hawk1 (12) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Wow! Divine. Aroma of nectarine and pineapple. Smoky burnt orange appearance with a well balanced flavor. Lighlty and nicely oily on the tongue. Definitely my favorite by far!

3.9
highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2009
pours a lightly hazy yellow straw with fluffy white head. Aroma is not as intense as I would have imagined. Bottled on date is 032309. Drinking on 062709. So should be fairly fresh. I am letting it warm a bit. Not much different. Medium to heavy body, nice malt presence to balance the great hops. Very nice, just wish I could smell it better. Just moved to Seattle so maybe I have not adjusted to the climate yet and my nose is lagging.

4.5
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle with a big thanks to Italarican. Pours a murky orange, with a somewhat oily viscosity. Head isnt huge, but laces well. Nose is full of grapefruit zest with maybe a touch of Apricot and some spruce branch. Flavor is big on the citrus/grapefruit with some serious northwoods pine thrown in. Palate is very viscous , almost to the point of chewy.....in a really good way. Excellent bitter to it, which is not overpowering, but seems to blend well and make this one of the best IIPA’s Ive had.

4.3
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2009
First of all what a beer. The aroma is wonderful, like a bowl of fresh fruit. I could smell this beer all my life if I could. The taste is such a perfect balance of malt & hops. Right when the bitterness kicks in the malt backbone smooths it out perfectly. If there was one beer I had to drink the rest of my life this would be it. I wish it was easier to get.


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