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RATINGS: 2867   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 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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4.3
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle. The pour was a medium clear yellow with a slight amber hue and a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that lasted throughout and had good lacing that spottily stuck to the glass. The aroma gets you right away with strong grassy and citrus hops, grain malts and a moldy cobweb scented yeast with notes of orange peel and lemon zest. The taste was ever so nicely bitter-sweet and slightly malty with a touch of lemon at first then had a nice hoppy bitterness come through with a nice does of orange peel at the end. The flavor lasted a good long time allowing for the hops and citrus to blend really well leaving a wonderful lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with a nice dry texture and a soft carbonation. Overall an extremely good tasting IPA with all factions (hops, malts and citrus) blending together to form a very unique tasting experience. I can see now why it is referred to as the pinnacle of IPAís.


4.8
jead44 (6) - Prescott, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2017 does not count
A must have if youíre a fan of IPAís. The hops explode out the of glass. Ridiculous.

4.6
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

4.3
tricksta_p (4560) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 25, 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 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. ♡♡♡ 26-6-17 Enjoyed from bottle, bought at Russian River, Santa Rosa. Fresh bottle, so the beer comes out very good.

4
DomD (303) - 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.

4
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!

3.5
FatPhil (15966) - 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.

2.9
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.

4
BiddleBrau (1221) - 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.

3.5
vipinvelp (4376) - 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)

4.1
Dal9000 (630) - 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


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