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RATINGS: 2546   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2007
On tap @ O’Briens San diego. This double IPA poured a deep gold with a rusty hue. Head was thin and off white. Had a big aroma of citrus fruits, floral hops and a dash of maltyness. A great one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Pours a pale golden color with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, resiny citrus hops. Flavor is some caramel and an oily, resiny, bitter citrus hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 The smell of fresh Elder literally makes me horny: strawberry, elderflower, resiny, piney and dank hops. Great golden color whether fresh or not. The flavor is layered, fruity, dank, spicy and always refreshing. People talk about the quality of Expedition despite its production volume; this beer shames whatever bullshit plateau people think Larry Bell has reached.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
On tap @ O’Briens San Diego. Piney, citrusy hop aroma. Amber colored IPA. Malts tend to mellow the hops a tad. still a wonderously hopped beer. some grapefruit but doesnt dominate as it does in some DIPA’s. Enjoyed

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
As per the beer advocate suggestions, I poured this beer into a snifter. It pours a reddish amber color with a white head. The aroma is very pungent with piney and citrusy aromas, but also has a subtle sweet aroma. It reminds me of DFH 90 or 120 minute. The taste makes the distinction between this beer and DFH though. There isn’t the high residual sweetness with this beer as there is with the DFH varieties. Also, it isn’t as bitter as I expected. It is actually a very balanced beer. I detect a bit of grapefruit in the flavor and a bunch of pine. I am not generally a fan of DIPA’s, but this is really good because of the balance. My girlfriend is going to CA later this month, so I’m going to have her bring a growler back. I don’t know how long it will take me to finish, because it might hard to drink several pints in a row.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MMMBEERLS (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Aroma comes off fruity peach/orange not really the best aroma for what I was expecting. Amber color is reminiscent of every other out there. Flavor was right in the middle for me, perhaps a bit to ordinary? I picked up some acidity in the flavor with slight diacetyl. Heavy on the hops but more earthy than fruity. I would definitely drink again!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
deline7 (13) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Ahhhhhh.....mmmmmm...good. (Inserrt Homer voice) Amazingly clear, aroma of Americana hops, IPA color. Nice medium body with a dry finish. A little clingy bitter finish, I bet they use pellet hops. The hops are great. A nice mix of stuff that does not remind me of just cascade. Very good, very homebrewy. The double iPA is well hidden, like all great double IPA’s. Why do west coasters call this a double? This is like a regular Michigan IPA. Being from Michigan I must thank the unknown rate beer person who delivered this to Mike. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Hand-bottled by Richard, aka, Irishboy. Thank you VERY much for this heavenly libation!
Pours a beautiful cheddar amber with an aroma of stark peach picked from a tree that grew amidst a forest of pines. I poured this 20 minutes ago and the aroma is still as strong as it was 20 seconds out of the bottle. Notes of strawberry in there as well. Flavors of pine, grapefruit, orange, cedar, rose, strawberry- all the choice ingredients of a great IIPA. Average mouthfeel, but let’s not dwell on small details... This is an OUTSTANDING beer. Utterly, fantastically, and (almost) completely perfect. I feel sorry for anyone who isn’t fortunate enough to enjoy this beer. Richard: Send more!!! : )

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MadIndian (2465) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 On draft at capones. GOD DAMN THIS WAS GOOD !!!!! Good hop presence smooth and blended well. I hear the younger is better but this was great. Re-rated in 2014. The best IPA

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
agl108 (806) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 On draft at Capone’s (originally) and several times since including 16.9 oz. bottles. Poured hazy orange with fluffy white head that left wonderful rings of lace. Aroma of freshly cut citrus fruits. Flavor chalked full of fresh citrus fruit: orange, tangerine, grapefruit and peach. None of that tongue stripping bitterness that would detract from such a glorious hop profile. Dangerously easy to drink and sessionable as fuck. This beer is perfection.

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