RATINGS: 2880   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 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (4187) - 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 it’s 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 it’s 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.

I’m just shocked at how good this beer tastes. This isn’t even a lager!

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

VamboladeTolly (1993) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 26, 2017
Bottle, thanks travlr!. Pours clear golden with small white head. Aroma is pine, tropical fruits, taste good, bitter. Well balanced. I love it.

visionthing (5363) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 22, 2017
51cl bottle at RBESG, Tallinn. Pour clear golden with a white head. Quite intens hoppy aroma with pine, herbs, citrus and fruits. Medium sweet with lovely hoppy flavours and a strong, but balanced bitterness. Really tasty stuff!

martjoobolut (4387) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 22, 2017
Bottle, thanks travlr! Pours golden. Aroma is fruity, pine, malt. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fruits, malt, pine. Finish is pine bitter and dry. Excellent balance. Overall: great.

ffaoe (793) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2017
Bright citrusy aromas. Gold and clear in color with nice head. Beautifully balanced profile of malt/ hops. Nice underlying malt background with nice citrusy notes of orange, grapefruit, and faint tangerine.

garroch (58) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2017
Poured from a bottle. Clear, lightly hazy gold color. Fine lacey head. Aroma is mainly grapefruit and pine resin with floral hops; barely detectable funk. Taste is grapefruit, pine, caramel malt, with very bright floral hop overtones. Medium body, finely carbonated. Finish is grapefruit, pith, grass. Really smooth, bloody delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

dzudohonor (167) - POLAND - JUL 11, 2017
Butelkowane 22.06.2017 - pite 20 dni po. Krystalicznie przejrzyste, jasno bursztynowe, dość pokaźna piana średnio- i drobnopecherzykowa, ładnie koronkuje.Aromat żywiczny, cytrusowy, słodowy, ale dość słaby, jeśli chodzi o intensywność to nie powala. W smaku wytrawne, chmielowa bomba, lekko grapefruitowe, baza słodowa i karmel gdzieś tam w tle, goryczka żywiczna wykręca i pozostaje długo na języku. Alkohol znakomicie ukryty. W końcu zmierzyłem się z tą legendą i tak jak się spodziewałem nie oczarowało mnie. Piwny świat bardzo szybko idzie do przodu i powiedziałbym, że Pliny The Elder przy dzisiejszych West Coast’ach czy NEIPACH jest nieco archaiczny. Kiedyś zapewne by urwał, a teraz po prostu jest to dobry klasyk.

Gluti (40) - - JUL 10, 2017
refreshing, good but not overpowered hop aroma, good carbonated, like it...

Cimbasso (892) - - JUL 9, 2017
Golden in colour with a white head. Very fruity aroma. Taste is extremely full with a very silky, almost creamy, mouthfeel. The balance of the taste is supremely good; the sweetness and caramel quality of the malt is offset by fresh fruity flavours of grapefruit, pine resin and orange. There are also subtle notes of melon and lychee. Good, bitter finish. A real masterpiece.

tapefuzz (532) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2017
510mL bottle. Pours clear gold with a medium, foamy off-white head. Aroma is pine, resin, grapefruit, some caramel, and floral hops. Taste is caramel, pine, light grapefruit, and resin. Citrus notes brightly accent the pinier elements. Strong bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Silky, almost creamy, mouthfeel.

shoelsch (2) - - JUL 7, 2017 does not count
Lives up to its reputation. Piney, grapefruit, minute bitterness...refreshing and smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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