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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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4.3
aleyin (14) - Murrieta, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
500 ml bottle from La Bodega. Amber pour, grapefruit hoppiness with pine and yes, a little melon flavor.Mostly good balance of bitterness, could be a touch less sweet for my palate. Nearly white head. At $5 for 16 oz+ a little pricey but it is a well deserved legend. Would drink again

4.7
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015 Pour a nice looking amber color. hoppy aroma of grap fruit and pine and some fruits. hops hit you with flavors of grapfruit, and tropical fruits. this is a very aromatic beer. overall, this has one of the most unique flavors among the best ipa?s and and for sure deserves to be ranked among the best ipa?s in the world.

4.1
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Poured from a 500ml bottle (Bottled on 12/30/08) provided by snojerk321. Served in a tulip. Poured a mostly clear amber with a somewhat diminishing head of beige foam. A heavy coating of lace was left around the glass. The aroma was full of stong hop vapors of grapefruit, mango and peach. Super fragrant! The flavor included tropical fruits, grapefruit, and a very light residual sweetness. A mostly dry, crisp bitterness lingered on the tongue long after each sip. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and clean. Just a slight oiliness. Lightly carbonated. A nicely crafted DIPA. I would love a chance to try this fresh on tap at the source!

3.8
LinusStick (3473) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Courtesy via trade with Chewy...thanks man! I never thought I’d get to try this! Aroma was nice. Strong grapefruit hoppiness with a weird melon touch. Wow...in looking at previous ratings I see I’m not the only one who picked that up. Pour was a nice still and murky orange with lots of nice tiny particles floating around. Taste was a mix of bitter hops and a sweet honey and cantaloupe aftertaste. I want to try this on tap to see if the hops are stronger fresh. This was great, but the sweet melon thing takes away from it Either way, I’ve tried a legend!

3.7
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Rating 100. Bottle pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Aroma is semi-sweet with notes of hops, gass, and melon. Taste starts with a sugary sweetness followed by hints of pine and saltiness, then finishes with a bitter hoppiness. Mouth feel is surprisingly coating and creamy. At 3 months of age the hops already seem to be fading. A strong IIPA but not the best.

4.3
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
On draft at O’Brien’s A- Pours a clear orange gold hue, light bubbles and frosting on the top layer, big sticky lacing all over the glass S- Nose dominated by huge hops, pine and citrus proliferate throughout drinking, some floral and grass tones hang in the background, truly a olfactory hop masterpiece T- No surprise at this hop bomb, pine resin hops dominate the hop taste profile, followed by some slight citrus/grapefruit, midway enters essence of bubblegum and cotton candy, finishes dry and bitter M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the mouth, moderate carbonation D- Wonderfully hoppy DIPA that lives up to its reputation, well-balanced and complex hop bouquet, the alcohol is well-masked, I could drink this all night long but the extreme hops could be a barrier for others

4.5
jmm635 (1011) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 Cloudy orange color with a foamy white head. Really fresh hops flood your nose, with whiffs of grass and florals. The taste is dominated by hops, but has a nice, rich malty balance. There is a real crisp finish that makes this beer so easy to drink. All-around this is a fantastic beer. Amazing balance.

3.7
YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2009
AtTornado, San Francisco - September 2006: Nice orange color, medium head, nice Chinook Hops Nose. Medium hoppy - also orange fruit taste. Medium Long lasting.

3.9
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of pine, hops, and grass. Taste is dominated by the hops but not in an overly overt sort of way. nice and not overly carbonated. smooth. a great offering.

4.4
nickd717 (4706) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
On tap at Russian River. Wow, I’d like to have this every day. Golden-amber color with an off-white head. Piney, delicious hops with sweet malt on the aroma. Excellent hop flavor - piney, citrusy, and a little floral - with sweet caramel malt providing that perfect balance. Smooth mouthfeel with hop oiliness. Heavenly.


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