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Pliny
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SCORE
100/100
6 reviews
Appearance
100/100
Smell
100/100
Taste
100/100
Mouthfeel
100/100
ABV: 8.00%
IBU: 100

Pliny the Elder

Style - Double IPA

Commercial Description:  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.

Editor’s Notes:  Thought by many to be the King of the IPA universe, there is no question that Pliny the Elder is a special beer. Let me go ahead and get it out of the way: this is as good as I have ever had. I can see why some might not be as big on it; if you are looking for a really big Double IPA or even one with good balance this might not be your favorite. For me it is perfection. The aroma is of strong citrus and tropical fruit – there is no doubt that there is a hop party going on in that bottle. The taste is truly outstanding – you are hit immediately by delicious mango, pineapple, and orange hop flavors backed by grapefruit hops; the grapefruit flavor comes more into focus as you swallow. There is excellent hop bitterness throughout the sip that curls your tongue, although it certainly is not the most extreme experience of bitterness I have had. In addition to the unbelievable flavor the thing that stands out to me here is how the hop flavors and bitterness are maintained on your palate. Two minutes after you swallow it still feels like you have just swallowed. It is a mesmerizing experience that always exceeds my expectations. Now that I have had a few bottles I just have to figure out how to find a sample on tap…

 

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EDITOR'S RATING (OVERALL SCORE: 100)
Appearance
100/100
Smell
100/100
Taste
100/100
Mouthfeel
100/100
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5 Reviews On Pliny the Elder

  1. 100
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    Appearance - 100
    Smell - 100
    Taste - 100
    Mouthfeel - 100

    Steve
    1 total reviews
    Member Level: (New Reviewer )

    When it is fresh, this is the very best IPA around.
    Sweet blueberry and canibas smell. perfect flavor.. And a wonderful buzz from this ale

  2. 100
    overall
    Appearance - 100
    Smell - 100
    Taste - 100
    Mouthfeel - 100

    Michael Wright
    20 total reviews
    Member Level: (Hophead )

    The double IPA by which all others should be judged. Pliny in a bottle is a wonderful experience from the first sweet, citrusy smell to the last drop of wonderfully grapefruity goodness. Some doubles are a little over the top, but Russian River provides us with a wonderfully balanced beer with strong hop notes. Pliny on tap is the IPA that I have always been waiting for. I have the lucky fortune of living a two hour drive from the brewery and make the pilgrimage regularly to pick up a growler or two.

  3. 100
    overall
    Appearance - 100
    Smell - 100
    Taste - 100
    Mouthfeel - 100

    Bruce
    7 total reviews
    Member Level: (New Reviewer )

    Besides Younger, my all time favorite ipa. Clean, well-balanced, yet very light and smooth for a double ipa. Taste a hint of lemon. Awesome! Must try for all hopheads.

  4. 99
    overall
    Appearance - 99
    Smell - 99
    Taste - 99
    Mouthfeel - 100

    Tony Tedeschi
    21 total reviews
    Member Level: (Hophead )

    exceptional by any standard , not quite as good as the younger though

  5. 100
    overall
    Appearance - 100
    Smell - 100
    Taste - 100
    Mouthfeel - 100

    Mick
    1 total reviews
    Member Level: (New Reviewer )

    Awesome DIPA. Fortunately for me, I normally can get this by bottle or tap everyday since I live in Hayward where this beer has its roots.
    -mick
    PS Not sure why reviewers are comparing this DIPA against a TIPA (younger) but hey, that’s me.

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