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RATINGS: 2880   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
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle from Bottleworks. Hops...bang! The aroma hits with the force of a wrecking ball, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Pours an attractive gold, but with some yeast floaties. Nice white bubbly head with decent lacing.This is one incredibly hoppy beer that is balanced well with two incredibly unique tastes. First, you get a citrus sweetness on the tongue, but that quickly fades as the bitter hops linger on the palate. This has lived up to the hype and I’m glad I had the chance to try it. incredibly drinkable. Nice work, RR!

3.5
scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Easily the biggest hops ever. Very interesting. Bought at Whole Foods ... kinda pricey, but a lot of fun.

4.7
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 Wow! Very piney smell almost like evergreen mixed with hops. Very bitter hop presence followed by grapefuit citrus tartness. Not my favorite Double IPA but very high up there. RERATE: Freshness it key to this beer. Got it fresh of the shelf on the day it arrived in colorado. All I can say is if I’m getting this one at about a month old or older and it tastes like this, I may be moving to Cali soon. Truely the best IIPA out there IMO.

4
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2010 500mL bottle from Beerstore.co.nz , bottled on 23.01.09. Let him warm up for a couple of hours out of the fridge. Cheers beerstore!! Pours hazy dark golden with a filmy off white head.
Aroma is full of those beautiful piny American hops and citrus fruit. I get some orange peel, yet the malt gets through, caramel poking its nose in.
Wow, the beer is highly drinkable yet the flavours are very pronounced. Resinous hops coat the mouth with a medium to strong bitterness which brings the pine flavour. Behind this cloying hop is a somewhat robust malt, which sweetens the deal and makes for a very balanced beer. Hops turn citric on the finish, probably like orange rind – very bitter. The finish is very long, as one would expect with an uber hoppy beer.
All together a strong beer for sure, in its flavour. The 8% ABV doesn’t show itself, in fact I’d liken this strongly to its smaller brother ‘Blind Pig’, yet more balanced. Woooow, a dangerously delicious beer.

3.5
ZackTsc (3) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009 does not count
This is the first beer I have tried under the training of a seasoned taster. The grapefruit hops taste was strong but not overpowering. Had it on tap at Churchill’s in San Diego and it was excellent.

4.2
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Aroma is very fresh (it was only a month old) with notes of grapefruit, orange and pine hops and sweet malt. Flavor is pretty mellow, with grapefruit hops being the main flavor with a mild bitter finish. I was a bit disappointed with this one though, because I thought the hop flavor was too mild..in that the hops weren’t prevalent enough. I’ll probably get criticized for this, but for me Hopslam is far better and far fresher. But, this is still a great DIPA.

4.3
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Yum! Lots of hops in this one, in the nose and in the taste, but it went down really well, and they weren’t overpowering. I really wish I could get this one more regularly.

3.8
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2009
50cl, bottled on April 11. ’08, so pretty aged.. Slightly hazy deep golden, coarse pale head. Very citric, fresh grapefruity nose, honeyish sweetness, faint pine, very balanced, not that attacking. Still pretty well hopped, bitter flavor with grapefruit, flowers and moderate sweetness, very nice lingering bitterness, pretty strong seedyness. Almost full bodied, lovely smooth palate. Misses the best aroma hops already. Malts are totally secondary, this is a pale bitter show.

4.5
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 Tasted at Stone Brewing Company World Bistro. Pours orange amber with little head. Aroma is scrumptious fruity pine hops. One of the most delicious hoppy creations I’ve ever tasted. This might be my all-time favorite IIPA. A perfectly concocted mouth experience from sip to swallow to finale with a nicely bitter finish. I want more!

4
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2009
(bottle - 500 ml) Hazy orange color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is very sweet and floral with a good amount of citrus. It smelled very familiar, but we couldn’t put our finger on it. Flavor begins with juicy floral hops mixed with a heavy citrus flavor. Finishes clean and lightly bitter with some sweetness and floral bitterness lingering. Very well blended.


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