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RATINGS: 2682   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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hallinghansen (3433) - 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.

Bigmmartin (620) - 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.

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.

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.

baraciisch (3406) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Aroma screams floral hops, color is yellow orange with nice foamy white head.... Flavor is piney yet sweet, hops dominate from beginning to end, almost a citrusy bitter finish... Great beer through and through... Always loved this guy...

bleeng (1691) - Houston not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Bottle dated 6/22/09. Thanks to good friend Jimmy S. Beautiful bright gold color that screams "drink me". Nice fluffy white head. Nice fruity, piney, hop nose but it doesn’t overwhelm the nose. Drinks like a west coast hop bomb but very subtle malts in the background. Bitter and dry on the end with some hints of alcohol. The flavors tend to fade out a bit on the end-dissapointing. Overall a very nice beer.

HungTuna (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bold hop delivery on a scale rarely equaled anywhere else. Pungent mossy taste with notes of pine, bark, and sour orange zest. Finishes with a pleasing dance of the senses.

dollarbill (13) - , California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
I can’t imagine what else one could ask for from a DIPA.

I’ve served this to people who would normally recoil from a well-hopped beer, and they love it. At the same time, my seasoned beer-drinking friends also appreciate how good this beer is. If the universal appeal of this beer isn’t a testament to how good it is, then I can’t think what is.

Wonderful hoppy nose, with an incredible hop flavor. There is a reason it occupies the 100th percentile in these rankings. If I had a keg of this at home, I would probably become an alcoholic.

bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2009
On tap at Falling Rock in Denver. Thin white head caps the transparent gold brew. Sheets and drips of lacing leave a nice history of this great beer.

Strong hops aroma, a sweet start, tart flavors, and a dry finish. Nice balance of carbonation.

Deserving of it’s 4.2 average score!

finol (3506) - 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!

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