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RATINGS: 2866   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 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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours a nice amber color, with a light frothy head, about a finger thick. Good retention, and I wouldnt say it looks like "lacing", but it does stick to the side of the glass. Citrus, hops, slight piny aroma. Smells near perfect for an IPA to me. Not overpowering, but it definitely tells you its an IPA. The taste matches exactly what you get from the smell. Citrus, nicely bitter hops, not overpowering. Great for an IPA. Im finding myself rather indifferent towards the mouthfeel. Its very drinkable. Its hopped perfectly. Enough to let you know its there, but not so much that it gives you that unpleasant bitter pinch in the back of your jaw that a lot of hop bombs do. Id be happy to have a case of this in my cooler!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2009
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 The famous Pliny the Elder has made it to little old New Zealand. Thaks BIG TIME to Mike Neilson for his efforts. Everyone else here has described this beer to death, so Ill just give some impressions. Firstly, I was actually a little disappointed, but then it was a huge buildup. Nothing was ever going to live up to the hype. That out of the way, this is a great beer. I cant believe its 8% abv. Silky smooth, medium carbonation, very quaffable. The hops are prominent, but its really the malt which makes the biggest impression. Barley sugars, fresh baked ciabatta bread, and a hint of malt biscuits. After that (and before really, via the aroma) the hops are there. Lemon, grapefruit, lime, pine needles, and a sharply herbal flavour, like cilantro but not quite. This beer is certainly an experience. Please sir, may I have another? Re-rate with fresher bottle imported by The Beer Store. Its just so delicious there are tears in my eyes drinking it. Those USians dont know how lucky they are. Russian River are my new gods.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle. A lightly hazy dark golden/orange beer with amedium sized and fast disappearing white head. The aroma is maltier than usually for the style, but however is highly hoppy with notes of pine, grapefruit, oranges. Leafy too. The flavour has a medium sweetness and some acidity. Again enough malty, lightly bready and herbal and citric hops. So, quite balanced for the style. Medium body, lively carbonation, dry long finish with medium to high bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel and alcohol well hidden. Not the best appearence and maybe not big bodied as I expect in a DIPA, but apart this, really good.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haggis03a3 (197) - Orinda, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
From the bottle. Light orange color with a white head. Aroma is amazing like walking through a pine forest. Flavor is pine, herbal dry hopped flavor and caramel malt. Nothing is overwhelming or unbalanced. Flavor ends bitter and flavorful. Palate is very pleasant and smooth.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
500ml bottle. Pours a golden orange body with a light haze. Finger-width, pure white, foamy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a good deal of delicate lacing. Aroma of bright, fresh, juicy citrus and big, robust caramels. Very similar to the Blind Pig, but more orange peel and much fuller malt profile. Not quite as assertive on the nose, but still very nice and full. Light amounts of pine, but again...the malts are more pronounced and dont allow the big hop profile to become too sharp. Flavor is a very well balanced DIPA. Lots of orange as well as some tropical fruits mix their way in nicely with the big, sweet caramel malts. Slippery finish before slowly drying and leaving a sugary citrus linger. Not the extreme hop aftertaste that the Blind Pig offers, but much sweeter and balanced. There is a light zest and pine throughout, but I cant stress how well balanced this is. The palate is light to medium, but very clean and smooth. Overall, this is living up to the hype. Clearly the juiciest and most well balanced CA brew Ive tried recently. It is loaded with fresh citrus and a big malt profile, but stays relatively mellow throughout while maintaining extreme floral qualities. Very well done.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonno (2732) - JAPAN - MAR 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2016 Yes the best double IPA Ive had along with the ruination. Pours a gorgeous dark yellow with a creamy froathy head. The nose is an unbelievable hop extravaganza. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium to full bodied. Taste of grapefruit, citrus and pine. Lingers in the mouth for a while, but not in an overpowering way. I stumbled across this in Tanakaya and it was 1260 yen well spent. Who knows when Ill be able to try this amazing brew again, if ever! Tap at Toronado. Such a great beer. Love the dry body.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mike69neilson (9) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2009 does not count
WOW!! Fantastic balance of malt and Hops!! Perfect balance of bitterness!! The aroma is just bursting out of the glass Tropical fruit citrus fruit and a bit of pine. I dont know what better smelling it or drinking it!! Amazing!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andersand (529) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 Rather awsome brew with allot of pineapple in both the nose and flavour alongside other tropical fruit, minimal malt character and a dry, very bitter finish full of pine needles. Wonderfully smooth mouthfeel aswell making it dangerously easy to drink. Thanks to fredandboboflo.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2009 500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden/light amber color. Aroma of strong hops, pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Taste of grapefruit and piney hops. Mouthfeel extremely smooth, probably the smoothest Ive tasted in such a strong beer. Light to medium bodied with nice crisp carbonation. Very good DIPA!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAR 16, 2009
UPDATED: APR 18, 2009 Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a decent size white head. Aroma is heavy on the grapefruit with a hint of pine. Flavor starts out smooth then progresses into a full ass kicking punch that tastes like biting into a grapefruit, rind and all. I like this one.


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