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RATINGS: 2812   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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Draft. Poured amber with elephantine head comprised of large bubbles & the lacing was gorgeous. Aroma of freshly cut pine. Medium prickliness, as expected. Flavor is lightly sweetened pine boughs, embittering through the long finish. Similar to Arrogant Bastard Ale in flavor. Absolutely no alcohol flavors, so the fact that this comes to 8% surprises me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2008
From growler shipped to me (6 days old when opened): Golden in color with a touch of amber. This still poured a great 3/4" head that dissipated slowly. Strong scents of pure hops, pine and grapeftuit. The palate shows the hops more than the "Blind Pig" and is drier but not necessarily any more bitter. Again, this is a very well balanced beer that has a bit more of everything than the "Blind Pig".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Upon my first sip of this, I had a huge smile on my face. The hops are perfect. It’s not some "masochistic feel the pain of the hops" types of beers. It’s not aggressive. It is there, and it is deliciously drinkable. Not much could be better than this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2007
On tap at San Diego Brewing. A more golden pour with hints of read with a white lace. Aroma is pure heavenly hops with light hints of malt in there. Flavor is grapefruity with hints of fruitiness and light malt. Mouthfeel and carbonation were fine as well. The second time I’ve had a chance to enjoy this beer. This is the first time I’ve had it fresh on tap. (1st time was hand bottled). As good as I expected

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MxPx1484 (17) - USA - DEC 24, 2007
On tap at Teresa’s Next Door in Wayne, PA. Been looking forward to this beer for a long time and it was worth the wait. Alcohol content is not perceivable in the finish. You will be burping up delicious hops for the next hour after just one of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a surprisingly golden color for a DIPA with lively carbonation and a sizable head that laces throughout the entire pint. Smells like bready sweet malt and fresh juicy hops. Taste is as it smells, big juicy hops with a huge rush of balancing malt. Medium at most in the mouth with good carbonation. Rediculously drinkable for a DIPA!! No abv apparant, just some hop juice to brighten my day.

   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 (1072) - 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 (7020) - 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

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