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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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4.8
Biergeliebter (6) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2009 does not count
Golden yellow to copper color with creamy white head. Great lacing. Powerful hop flavor with pine and floral scents. Very simple and nearly perfect.

4.3
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2009
[bottle] Hazy golden yellow color. Pungent pine and citrus aroma. Flavors are full of hop power of all sorts- grapefruit, lemon, peach, pine. Really quite an impressive hop mix, with very little malt coming through (but that’s OK with me). Finishes quite dry, with a really long-lasting bitterness on the palate.

4.2
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 23, 2009
UPDATED: APR 15, 2010 From BMan1113VR via trade. The pour was a slightly hazy golden/copper color with a dense, creamy white head that produces great lacing. The aroma was rich pine hops, light floral, fresh citrus (orange and grapefruit) and just a touch of malt. The flavor was dominated by the pine hops with the floral, citrus and malt all coming through nicely. Insanely drinkable. This beer had a certain simplicity and purity to it that I just loved.

4.6
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 Bottle, served around 55 to 60 degrees. Murky/cloudy yellow-to-amber (depending on lighting), white fluffy head with good retention and lacing. Crushed pine needles and grapefruit peel and orange rind. Huge hop aroma. The extra malt really comes through on the initial flavor, followed by rich pine and citrus interactions. Insanely drinkable. Prefer it to its stronger, Younger counterpart.

4.4
laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Um, awesome. Great hop flavor with some good malty-ness as well. I was surprised by how drinkable this was, actually kind of light and very refreshing.

3.8
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
This was fine. I didn’t think it was a remarkable IPA. It was kind of boring. The hop profile didn’t have a lot of excitement to it.

4.4
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Bottle via trade from Stefanje. Finally get the chance to taste the Elder. Pours a very nice yellowy-gold with a dissipating sticking head with big bubbles. Nose isn’t as big as I had expected, though it’s pretty pungent and resiny. Distinct cannabis notes mixed with a touch of pine tar. Taste is pretty crazy. I went into this with Dreadnaught on my mind. This beer has turned me on my head as to how big of a difference between midwestern IIPA and west coast are. This is like if you took Ruination and made it imminently drinkable. Tastes of pine and gin, nice dry malt backbone and again resin and pungent notes of pure hops. Imminently drinkable and puckeringly delicious. Damn fine brew.

3.9
CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2009
(500ml bottle) delicious frothy white head atop a clear light gold body. Nose of pure pine. Great hops upfront and mellow amber malt through the palate. Great stuff. Thanks Irishboy! 8/4/8/3/16

4
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2009
Dark yellow colored with cloudy appearance. Little white head. Fruity aroma dominated by flowery bitter hops and peach, sweet flavor also with some caramelly note and mild soap. Medium to full bodied, smooth palate. Flavor is also very rich with peaches and flowers in start, aftertaste turns to bitter and mildly alcoholic, with still some flowers lasting. Excellent balance with smooth palate.

5
WertMaker (9) - Florence, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2009 does not count
Citrus, Hops, Hops, Hops, a fine ABV and the malt to back them up. On-tap this beer is bright, medium amber in appearance with a rocky head. The aroma of hops is noticable from across the table, Wow!! Although steeping in hop necter, the bitterness is controlled by a hearty malt backbone allowing the brilliat citrus flavors to dominate.


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