RATINGS: 2866   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 uncleís 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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CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Hey look at that, a beer I rated on paper 9 months ago and it was just too darned special to enter right away.... so here goes for 2400!
A bottle bottle generously bonused to me by ineedbeer within maybe a week or two of itís bottling date!
The beer pours a golden color with a big fluffy white head and a nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is piney and herbaceous. There are some fruit forward elements like pine and orange-peel, a little mild alcohol character slips in there as well. The beer is remarkably aromatic and hoppy.

The flavor is piney with some big citrus character. The bitterness is fairly high, but itís not unbalanced, astringent or unpleasant in any way. Lots of grapefruit flavor, the alcohol character is very mild and some nice flavors of melon rind and honey are very light but complimentary to the whole.

The mouth feel fairly prickly & the beer does that tongue bracing sensation that really great hoppy beers seem to do.

And now for a bonus rate:
My brother-in-law Dwain crushed this beer with me. Dwain is a Budweiser enthusiast who recently gave me a call to let me know about the new "Budweiser Black Crown"... when Dwain saw me writing notes he asked me to take down a few of his own. So here goes....
This beer smells like pine.

Really piney. Sort of salty, might be a good beer to add a little salt to.

Iím just shocked at how good this beer tastes. This isnít even a lager!

And now for a Lushawn bonus rate:
Iím totally shocked at how good this beer tastes. And by shocked I mean completely unsurprised in any way, shape, or form.

Hihosteveareno (12) - - JUN 12, 2017
I had two bottles of Pliny at Wades Wines Tasting Room in Spring 2017, and loved it. This is a flagship West Coast IPA, and stands up to it's reputation. Although local breweries are producing Doubles as good, if not better, I wouldn't turn it down. Strong and smooth, but with some bitterness I could do without. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

tricksta_p (4520) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2017 From tap at APEX, Portland. Big tropical fruit and pine aroma with grapefruit, sweetish fruits, orange, biscuity malt, pine resin. Flavour is moderate sweet with a long medium plus bitter dry-ish finish. Body is medium. Great balance, big tropical fruits, truly one of the finest IIPAís. ♡♡♡ Enjoyed again from tap at Toronado, San Francisco. Just as good.

DomD (301) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2017
Bottle into glass. Piney grapefruit aroma. Pours a clear golden with white head. Medium bitter taste. Smooth texture. Good IPA.

vami (455) - Poznan, POLAND - MAY 25, 2017
American classic. Pours light and clear. Lots of hops in the aroma: resin, pine, a bit of kerosene, some citrus, no tropical notes. The aroma predicts a dry and hoppy beer, which the taste confirms. Bitter, dry, great west coast IPA. In the times of sweet NE IPAs, this one is a very nice refreshment. Thumbs up!

FatPhil (15961) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 23, 2017
510ml bottle - thanks Helen proximally, and random visitor from S.F. ultimately!
Bottled 29 days ago, thatís one of the freshest US hop-oriented beers Iíve ever had. Pale gold, crystal clear, brief loose head. Pretty fruity hops, but some sweaty stankiness too, and a promise of bitterness. Once the chillís off, some caramel appears too. Light palate, crisp carbonaton, but not lacking fullness. Oooooh, thatís a very pleasing taste - very citrussy/lemony hop forward, would not be surprised to see citra several times in the hop schedule - but with a very pleasant balance and drinkability to it. Like the bitter bite, makes my teeth slighty metallic. Light malts gently support the hops, but play second fiddle. Strange for a hop-forward beer to be better in the taste than the aroma, but Iím very happy itís so. Finish gets more bitter, more herbal, and even with a bit of seared pork fat in it, which I particularly like. Really picked up after the aroma.

djnorth (3) - - MAY 22, 2017 does not count
I recently bought 2 bottles from April 2017 production and tried them on two separate occasions. In short, this IPA is OK but I wasnít impressed and felt underwhelmed with all of the hype about it. The best part is its fragrance - very floral. Taste is like a common IPA with plenty of hop flavor, fairly bitter, and light/watery mouthfeel. Didnít really detect any creaminess. Probably itís better on tap and would be curious to try it but I wonít be making the effort to find this in bottle again anytime soon.

BiddleBrau (1219) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2017
On Tap at Penn Taproom. Gold, white head. Pine aroma. Full malt profile, rich hop flavor. Full palate, dry cloying finish.

vipinvelp (4368) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2017
Clear dark yellow, off-white lacing foam head. Nice hoppy aroma and strong bitter taste. Long lasting aftertaste. A through hoppy beer. (Houston 201705)

Dal9000 (620) - Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2017
At Russian River Brewery ( packed at 3:00 Thursday!) 1.070 OG 8.00 ABV Pours golden yellow with no head. A quick burst of floral, citrus and pine blended to a velvet creamy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

Sudz4Dayz (136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2017
500ml bottle consumed in a bottle share, thanks to Sam. Pours golden clear, foamy white head. Leaves substantial lacing. Looks like a nice barrel aged saison. Smells nice. Piney, floral, citrus nose. Small aroma but pleasant. Tastes old school hops,. Piney, floral, malty and caramel. Small citrus finish. Dry and clean aftertaste. Bitter and crisp mouthfeel. Honestly I wanted to hate this beer. After all the hype I couldnít believe it was any good. Figured it would be an overrated west coast IPA. It is. but not as bad as I had thought. I still donít understand how anyone rates this above a 4 though. Itís good but not great.

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