RATINGS: 2859   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 uncles 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 (4181) - 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 its 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 its 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.

Im just shocked at how good this beer tastes. This isnt even a lager!

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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sudz4Dayz (130) - 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 couldnt 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 dont understand how anyone rates this above a 4 though. Its good but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boomerbrew (147) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2017
Great beer! Extra smooth for IBU of 100. I only got a sample wishing I had more. Hard to find around here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (1451) - Linkping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2017
(On tap @ Toronado SD, April 3/17) Pours a clear medium gold with an average white head and lace. Aroma is longer on resinous herbal and conifer notes than many modern IPAs, like pine and fir, grapefruit and citrus oils, lemongrass, some sweet orange and light tropical fruit notes, a hint of pretty clean and lightly sweet malt poking through the resin. Flavour again showcases lots of pretty hefty but flavourful hop resins, more pine needles, herbs, grapefruit peels, sweet orange, grass, lightly sweet and clean but definitely present pale malt backbone. Fairly high resinous bitterness, not totally palate scouring but quite a grip in the finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation, slightly slick. A really nice balance for a bitter resinous style of DIPA. Its not a million times better than other good examples, but it is definitely very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBell14 (56) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2017
Bottled 3/10. Pours a clear golden yellow with a white head which dissipates quickly. Hints if apricot amongst the citrus aroma. Dry and crisp with piney hop flavor. At first I thought this was a bit over hyped (east coast bias), but with this my last of 3 bottles I've come around. Glad I waited to rate it. John L - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crispaire (198) - - APR 14, 2017
pours a clear golden orangey yellow. aroma is of delicate flowery meadows and fresh cut grass. does not drink like most double IPAs, so smooth and mellow. great mouthfeel. flavors of balanced honey, hops, hint of malt, and bread. this is a brew worthy of its acclaim.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jinroh (1456) - ESTONIA - APR 9, 2017
Nice clear golden, white foam. Aroma is clear and resinous, Im already sold. Very balanced and good hops. Green herbs and fresh resin. Taste displays more of resinous greatness, super clean, super refreshing. Really feels like hoppy sparkling water. Great stuff. Long resiny and smooth finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator63 (36) - California, USA - APR 2, 2017
What can be said that hasnt been said already about Pliny. Its a legendary IPA, and for good reason. Its appearance and aroma are beautiful, goldish orange, with a hoppy pine scent. The taste is awesome, smooth and malty, slightly sweet, notes of caramel and just an all around treat for the taste buds. As a stout lover, I appreciate this IPA not just for what it brings to my mouth, but what it doesnt bring too. Its hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so, and a bit more malt flavor than most Imperials. Keep Pliny cold, and drink it fresh. From a bottle, consumed within 24 hours of purchase. All around excellent, masterfully crafted (and marketed too) IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hexenhetfield (21) - MEXICO - APR 1, 2017
Es una cerveza muy rica y por eso es que tiene una gran fama, esta muy balanceada

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yased (221) - MEXICO - MAR 24, 2017
De Russian River(USA) esta Double IPA de nombre Pliny the Elder, la productora de este mito cervecero es originaria de Santa Rosa California, se tienen como los creadores de la ahora muy popular American IPA y de este estilo, durante mucho tiempo esta cerveza fue considerada la mejor Double IPA del planeta por su buen balance entre malta y lpulo, tambien era el estandarte de la costa este, La cerveza Pliny the Elder (Plinio el Viejo) recibe su nombre en honor al viajero, naturalista, historiador, escritor y director romano Gaius Minor Plinius Caecilius Secundus, a quien se adjudica el haber dado el primer nombre botnico para el lpulo: Salictarius Lupus, que significa lobo entre los matorrales un nombre muy apropiado al crecimiento salvaje que el lpulo desarrollaba entre los sauces, con un nombre legendario y una fama envidiable dentro del mbito cervecero, veamos que nos espera. En apariencia es una cerveza con buena corona de espuma de tamao mediano, muy clara, perlas de compactas a medianas, buena retencin, bien la adherencia en el vaso, color dorado muy claro con destellos amarillos, ligeramente turbia, cuerpo medio, muy agradable en vista. En aroma es realmente nica tiene notas pinceas, florales y ctricas a toronja, cascara de naranja, ligera nota a guayaba, hay un toque de dulzor restringido seguramente propiciado por las maltas, la intensidad es mucha, en cuanto estilos IPA, IIPA y otros en donde los lpulos son el ingrediente estrella se debe procurar tomar la cerveza lo mas fresco posible puesto que despus de los primeros tres meses las propiedades del aroma y amargor de este ingrediente comienzan a degradarse. En el paladar es muy equilibrada el amargor esta bien presente pero no es tan agresivo y se nivela con la malta y el dulzor que otorga, los sabores que se pueden identificar son pinceos y florales, resina vegetal, ctrica como toronja y cascara de naranja, guayaba, ligero toque a miel, en cuanto a textura porta cuerpo medio muy sedoso, deja una capa sobre las mejillas similar a el aceite muy posiblemente sea propiedad del Dry Hopping, una cerveza que sin lugar a duda ya no es la mejor IIPA del planeta aun asi su receta no a envejecido y tiene propiedades muy particulares que no e encontrado en otras cervezas del mismo estilo ademas su nombre forma parte de la mitologa cervecera, sin duda un clsico que se tiene que probar por lo menos una vez en la vida si te interesa la cerveza de verdad, yo espero volvrmela a encontrar igual o aun mas fresca, esta botella que llego a mis manos fue envasada el 23/11/2016 y la inger el 14 de febrero de este ao.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillyoneHB (1) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2017 does not count
Great IPA, even better marketing. I believe its been said before...there are quite a few Great IPAs out there...but you could Definitely do worse. My Hats Off (if I had a Hat On) to Russian River Brewing.

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