RATINGS: 2850   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 (4169) - 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
back (2095) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2017
Gylden klar skum hvid Citrus grape blomst malt Bitter meget sd lidt Oile livlig

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Melnis (505) - LATVIA - FEB 26, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2017 Nu taa, pirmkart shoks par to ka balanss off. Jaa laba iipa, loti laba karbonizacija, bet nebija wow momenta vispar. Vienigais kas ir pecgarsa- ta ir ilgaka ka jebkadam alum kads dzerts. Kivi, grape miza un mazliet flora, komplekss bija ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pictoman (1024) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2017
Poured from the tap. Clear golden orange with white head. Grapefruit and pine hops, mild caramel, hint of skunk, great blend, smooth character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MCShann (15) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Easy to see and taste why this is rated so well. Lots of hops from beginning to end! Pine scent keeps the nose busy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (3447) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2017
Sampled from bottle at Maakuns. Big thanks!! Clear gold with thin white head. Sweet malts, big citrus and fresh exotic fruit, big weedy and skunky hops. Explosive aroma. Moderate sweet and bitter, nettly hoppiness gives it a crisp spicy edge. Medium body, nice smooth and cool malty feel. Soft carbonation. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (4765) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2017
Bottle shared. Clear golden with white head. Grapefruit, apricot, light dank weeds, sweet malts. Good balance between the hops and malts here! Great match between aroma and taste. Medium sweet and bitter. Over medium bodied with slight creamy sugary feel. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopman23 (11) - - FEB 8, 2017
Amazing Brew, One of the Best IPAs out there. Notes of citrus, pine, and resinous hops. HOP BOMB

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Derek881 (1266) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a mostly clear gold color with a very slight amber hue and a very large foamy white head with extremely long-lasting retention along with modest cling and lacing. Its aroma was dominated by fresh citrus and pine scents, featuring light grapefruit and perhaps watermelon, with touches of lemon, straw, and a bit of barley. The taste was a strong bitter blend of different citrus flavors along with an influx of pine and spices and slight touches of watermelon and grapefruit. There was also a very subtle malt character, lending just a touch of caramel and sweetness. The beer had a very filling and thick mouthfeel with a lot of density, character, and ample carbonation for a heavy swallow. A fairly drinkable beer, which masks the relatively high alcohol content exceptional well; excellent beer, as advertised!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
absentkiwi (3) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 31, 2017 does not count
Really good but a little overrated. Plenty of other great IPAs out there. Still, you could do a lot worse.

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