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RATINGS: 2682   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2005
BlueDevil0206 and I went up to Richmond on a run for Stone Imperial Stout and stopped in at Innsbrook Capital Ale House to find this beautiful little surprise. Orange/coppery color with a thin white head. Aroma is in your face amarillo hops as soon as the glass was set down. When I first smelled it, I was instantly reminded of DFH 90 min. Some malty notes made their way through the citrussy pine forest in the aroma, too, but hops dominate. Palate is good and full, though not oily. Just a slick, big DIPA. Flavor is incredible as well. Strong citrussy, piney amarillo flavor. Malt is sweet caramel and bread, but it’s very much in the background. The bitterness in the finish was IMMENSE. We ordered samples of 90 Minute, Ruination, and Stoudts DIPA and found them all blown out of the water in terms of bitterness (that gave us a nice perspective on their respective malt profiles.) The bitterness is clean, though -- in your face sharp, but not harsh. Impressive as all hell. I’m excited about the younger.


5
dflb (55) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 Bought at Olive Ave. Market, I got lucky to leave with the last Pliny the Elder, a Double IPA brewed by Russian River Brewing Company. The scent of citrus is immediate as soon as your pour into a glass. Hops and a light honey sweetness is felt upon the mouthfeel. An alcohol content of 8% is sensible in the finish. The taste of grapefruit is powerful and gives a bitterness that matches, but balanced with the hop and pine body. The pine has a nice strength to go along with the grapefruit. The finish is slightly bitter as it wanes and yields a surprising watery finish at the same time. Pliny the Elder is an excellent Double IPA that lives up to the hype. The grapefruit, hops, and pine body are characteristic to the DIPA. The finish is outstanding: slightly bitter and watery. The water quality is exceptional and yields the honey complexion on the mouthfeel to go with the hops and grapefruit. The finish is what separates this beer apart from the other DIPAs on the market. Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer. For more beer reviews, visit my blog “Drink For the Love of Beer.”

4.7
IAmTheThunder (0) - - DEC 6, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 The grandfather of modern hoppy brews. Even though it may not have the same “punch” as newer IPAs, it is a timeless example of what a classic IPA should strive to be. Its signature scent once you open a freshly brewed bottle is second to absolutely none. Taste is characteristically piney and resinous with a very elegant and well balanced finish. A must-have if you are a true hop aficionado.

4.1
SolarSam (96) - Interlaken, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2017
No comment needed. No comment needed. No comment needed. No comment needed. No comment needed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
chadski (167) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2017
Feeling like I had overhyped this knowing the reputation and finally scoring a bottle. Nice lacing on the pour. Hop bitterness is forward in all aspects but is balanced. Good, but honestly prefer other DIPA's.

4.2
CraftBeerNick (2890) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2017
Tap at Mohawk Bend, LA, 21st November 17. Pours hazy, small head, aroma is clean, citrus. Taste is so smooth, citrus, pine, lovely bitterness that builds and lingers. Worthy of the reputation and so easy to drink, especially in the Californian sun.

3.9
thomat (4186) - G�teborg, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2017
Bottle. Hazy golden with a medium white head. Malty and hoppy tones. Malt, fruit, hops and bitterness. Medium to full body with a long bitter / fruity finish.

5
sunteakae05 (6) - - NOV 8, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2017 Hands down top 2 on my list! Just a fantastic beer. Aroma is great and the taste from start to finish is just A-1! Don’t give up the opportunity to drink it if you can find one in your area.

4.2
Mariox (363) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 7, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2017 Piękny aromat żywiczno-cytrusowo-tropikalny, aczkolwiek nie tak intensywny. W smaku wytrawne z nutą słodkich owoców tropikalnych. Na finiszu pojawia się taka grejpfrutowa goryczka, ale nie zalegająca. Wysycenie średnie, alkohol świetnie ukryty. Sporo ciała jak na IIPA, treściwe, mega pijalne. Świetny klasyk.

4.1
ChrisOfstad (367) - Hamar, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2017 0,5 litre Bottle from La Vista Liquor. Golden with medium white head. Tropical aroma with dry, Fruity bitterness!

4.6
kazooka (58) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2017
Bottled on October 10, 2017. Piney, the aroma! Pungent and bright citrus hop scented. Faint sour dough bread. Yeast aroma similar to brie. Pours honey-colored with substantial lingering head and clear reduces to a white lace around the glass through the experience. Not overly bitter flavored with a hint of sweetness. Fizzy and refreshing carbonation softens through the glass. Long bitter and sticky finish. Medium-heavy bodied although seems deceptively light.


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