RATINGS: 2865   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle (in NZ). A dark gold pour with a think creamy white head. The big hop aroma exploded from the moment I opened the bottle - citrus, citrus and more citrus - but pine and grass also, and a touch of chocolate from the malt. Drinking it, the palate is so smooth, despite the hop bitterness. At first you get all that piney and citrusy flavour - getting more of the malt in the swallow - and even in the finish, which has peppery hops but surprisingly not too bitter. And a lovely warmness to remember it by. Brilliantly done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
captaincass (45) - Everson, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2009 smells like hops after you open the package, amazing chinook, centennial they are all there. pours very thin was thinking this would be heavier. i mu st say the smell is the most amazing aroma of any beer ive had. the flavors are all hops and i like it, not too sweet with almost a wet hop flavor, amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 30, 2009
Tasted 30/04/2009. 500ml bottle from Beerstore. Its all been said already. Fantastic balance of malt, hop flavour and bitterness. The gold standard American IPA and I can see why (I wouldnt call it a DIPA). Pour carefully. Much better without the yeast... bitterness becomes a shade too high with the yeast in there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle from La Bodega.. Bottled on 04/07/2009... Can you say FRESH...Pours a dark gold with a fluffy white head...Sweet smelling pine and citrus hops, floral hops as well in the nose..... Nice sweet lingering hop bite that makes me wanna drink some more...Hail to the Hops!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 50cl bottle at home: Pours a nice crisp yellow gold with a diminishing, tall and somewhat creamy yellowed head. Great citrussy hop aroma. Definite grapefruit, apricot, and even some slight peach. Pine notes are also present but they are under the citrus fruit. Sweet malt that is almost sugary when combined with the citrus is big enough to balance the hops (balance in an IIPA kinda way). Light caramel drizzled over the top. A touch of alcohol makes that peach note seem like peach schnapps. Flavor is obviously dominated by hops, but there is a initial flash of pale malts before the hops roll in and conquer your tastebuds. Big piney hop fights with big grapefruity hop. Malt is less balancing than in the aroma but it is still gives a backbone to the hops. Although, it seems more like simple sugars at times rather than a nice complex malt profile. Medium body. Low alcohol drives some astringency and light burn into the back of your throat. Hops get a light mint edge towards the end. Long hop finish (duh!) that gets a little spicy and more fruity than what was noticed earlier. Resiny burn builds after all that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2009
Very nice beer. Had it on tap at Hudson Public House in Seattle. Very nice IPA with seemingly larger body. Citrus, pine, achieves balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - APR 27, 2009
Small bomb from Corti Brothers, Sacramento. Pours a peach-orange with a medium fluffy head. Aroma is mainly of grapefruity hops, and also apricot-like fruit. Flavor is nice: Initially sharp grapefruity hops and then the fruit again. Aroma and flavor are very similar, though the flavor I found pretty creamy for an IPA and this added another dimension to it which I thoroughly enjoyed. Just the slightest of alcohol burns in the esophagus. Mouthfeel is quite nice, very appropriate for the style; Good carbonation level without being soda-pop. Very high quality all-around. Definitely in the top 3 IPAs I personally have had. Perhaps a little overrated, but still damn good. I could drink this for hours. Overall, excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2009
Tasted at DLD09 from a bottle into a snifter. Golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is all pine with sweet malt present as well. Flavor is pine, grapefruit, and sweet malt - perfect balance of hops and malt. A very well balanced IIPA. Would love to have a way of getting this one regularly.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1850) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2009
500 mL bottle from South Bay Drugs (bottled April 7th; hows that for fresh). Pours orange with a nice off-white head. Powerful aroma of grapefruit and pine. Taste is a fantastic blend of grapefruit and citrus; only moderately sweet mostly just in your face hops. Surprisingly drinkable at 8%. I had this once on tap but I think I like it in the bottle better. This is exactly what a DIPA aspires to be.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
pours a beautiful orange. smells of tons of citrus and pine. flavor is citrus, pine, sweet malt, hop resin, and floral hop goodness. I could drink this all day long.

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