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RATINGS: 2361   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5740) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2005
Handbottled Bomber: Crystal clear coppery hue topped by a soft frothy head and very good lace. The aroma is both floral and piney with a healthy dose for both pineapple and grapefruit, smells very fresh. A hint of bready malt and dusty yeast esters as well. The initial taste is straight bitter hops, booyah. Crisp and citric with a metallic finish. A little malt does show as it warms, but a touch unbalanced, but not overpowering. The feel is lively, sharp, and dry. Overall it is good but I would like a hint of more malt. I would try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2005
There was a time when I would have give one of my nuts for this(left or right you pick). It is a very good double IPA. I think that after having Titan, Dreadnaught, etc it would be one of the better ones. Full bodied, piney, citrus, etc, but now it is just one of a group of beers that I like. I will someday revisit the rest and re-rate them, but for now this seem to be on the same turf with the rest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
On tap at O’Briens in San Diego. Lots of pine in the nose of this guy. Transparent light copper color with a whitish head. Very piney with a good dose of grapefruit in this one. Notes of hemp are also present. Nice maltiness to back up some of the bitterness. Quite hoppy, but not overly extreme. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
billk (352) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2005
Tap @ O’Brien’s. No notes on appearance or aroma but I definately remember this one’s taste. An excellent, somewhat unusual medium "toasted" creamy malt flavor perfectly balanced with the potent hops, rather dry and tart overall, just right bitterness. Well into medium bodied but also possesing a delicate ability to show some complexity with the flavors. Quality stuff. Thanks dasilky for another winner recomendation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1399) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2005
On tap at the 3rd Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest, Beer #5: Pours medim golden with well retained egg white head. Aroma is another big hop BOMB. Flavor is likewise hoppy/piney but with some maltiness as well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2005
golden pour. strong hop tart aroma that has some orange citrus in it. taste is strong bitter like licking a hop cone. finish is more hop but somehow not too far onesided. alcohol is well hidden in this

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 An instant classic very nice upfront hop nose very much a Simcoe tour de force. resinous an floral hopalicious delight that makes you want more with each gorgeous sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Draught @ Lupulin Slam: Pale yellow with a small white head. Huge crisp citrus and pine hops in the nose with a light bread note as well. Taste is all about the hops, Vinnie will even tell you he doesn’t use the word "balanced" when talking about this beer. Clean and crisp all the way through, light bodied. I get notes of pine, citrus, and a little pale malt. Vinnie sure knows a lot about brewing with hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Hazy bright copper. Pine, citrus, and sweeet malts in the nose. Flavor is hugely hoppy, some citrus, but lots of upfront pure bitterness. Some real balance here (whether or not they want to admit it), sweetly balances things out but the bitterness sticks around. Phenomenal palate, very full and creamy. Yum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Draught tonight at Toronado in San Francisco, California. Light orange in color with attractive lacing, and I rarely say that anymore. Flavor and aroma is all about the hops and after being in California for two weeks straight, I’m sorry, but I want something more. Double IPA’S like Pizza Port Lou P Lin and Hoptown DUIPA have a signifnicant amount of malt flavor to balance the insane hop additions. This just doesn’t have any malt contibution whatsoever. Extremely hoppy with hints of dry, burned pine, juicy grapefruit along with big tangerine and orange flavors. An average DIPA, and I am surprised this is held in such high regard.

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