NikkTwist (1346) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Monks (now 3 years running, and the line keeps getting longer.) Usually the place is too crowded for the event to even attempt a live rating. So pulling a bit from memory here. I think what makes the Younger extraordinary is that it is both amazingly high hopped and very high in alcohol yet the finished product is so smooth and delicious that it feels impossibly drinkable. Simply like a very exact and refined sweet gentle IPA. Yet wait 10 minutes and the alcohol kicks in. Like a magic trick. On top of that it has a perfect looking gold pour. Clearly a lot of time and work went into making this beer appear effortless.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. So really, where do I begin??? I was in line on February first for about 5 and a half hours. Met some absolutely amazing people in line. First on that list would be Corey Reich and his mom Wendy - Amazing people. Both had the opportunity to skip the (very long) PtY line, and go in the back door. They refused to do so, and hung out with me and my friend Barry for quite some time. Eventually, the hot sun and very, very long line wore on them, and they went in a bit earlier than Barry and I. Fast forward a couple of hours - Barry and I got in - Wendy and Corey got us seated with them - and with Vinnie and Nat. Dear sweet Lord what an amazing day. One of the greatest experiences of my life. The beer was incredible too - If PtE is a bigger version of Blind Pig, then PtY is a bigger version of Happy Hops - and I REALLY love Happy Hops. In Brief: Big Passionfruit, white peach, nectarine, guava, and white tea - no bitterness, limited pine notes. The flavour was more of the same, but with unicorns and rainbows. Not really, but if you read my rating of Happy Hops, you’ll understand. This was delicate, fruity, fascinating, complex, and lovely. For the first time in a long time, a beer actually was worth the hype! Vinnie, Natalie, Corey, and Wendy are among my favorite people on earth! It was an amazing PtY day! and was shared with amazing people. And oh yes, the beer lived up to the hype and then some. Special.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 On tap at Caponeâ€™s and Blue Dog in southeast PA. Looks like I accidentally overwrote my Younger rating with my Elder. It mostly lives up to the hype, although I wouldnâ€™t consider it the second best beer in the world. Side by side with Heady Topper, it doesnâ€™t even come close.
Dansrc51 (43) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is smack full of pine, grapefruit and other citrus.
Appearance is amazing for a triple IPA. Crystal clear and golden amber in color
Taste. Grapefruit is intense. Pine and resin follow with a slightest hint if malt
Palate. It is a palate wrecker, but not as bad as you'd think. Fruit and citrus up front with a dry bitter finish.
Overall, damn fine beer. Best in the world? That's subjective. Having tried it I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again. But if it was on tap....
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
devman171 (685) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Pacific Coast Brewing, Pours clear golden with huge cirtus, pine, resin HOP aroma. Taste is bitter but very smooth, very drinkable for a DIPA.
BLuke01 (32) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Monk’s. Waited 2 hours in line for a 6oz pour and I would do it again. Crystal clear golden with lively carbonation. Smells of grapefruit pine and other tropical fruits. Intense hops up front that remains incredibly smooth and balanced.
CuriousMonk (1) - Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
After such a long quest for some PtY, I was finally able to imbibe on some of this goodness at the Bishop’s Collar in Philadelphia a couple weeks ago. Poured into a 4oz sampler glass (had two thanks to my wife who doesn’t drink beer) - Poured beautiful clear golden with an one-finger super white head with beautiful lacing that lasted very well throughout. The intense aroma was full of citrus and floral hops along with pine. PtY had the perfect blend of hops in the nose that work very well with each other. The taste sweeter and maltier than I expected, possibly to better balance out the loads of hops this beer has. This was by far better than Pliny the Elder - by a mile. Full of grapefruit and sweet like honey. The finish has a nice citrus and resiny note on the end as well. Mouthfeel had a perfect balance with lively carbonation lasting throughout the (obviously very short) drinking session. It really brought out the smoothness and balance between the malts and hops on the tongue without the bringing out the bitterness like I thought it would have due to the Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder, so this was a pleasant surprise! This beer was perfectly balanced all-around. It is truly such a shame that this beer is "very expensive and difficult to make under tight space limits" according to Russian River because this would have been the go-to IPA in many beer circles. Would love to try this again in the near future!
Syzzer (570) - Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an excellent IPA. On tap from coastal Oregon (Twist). Rich clear orange color with sticky frothy white head. Moderate carbonation. Flavor is of somewhat piney and citrusy hops with elements of orange. Bitterness well controlled and balanced. Smell is of sweet corn cereal with hops. 9.8 BD
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pliny the Younger is a definite favorite. I first tried it years ago from a growler my brother brought back from the brewery (when they still did that), and I went for the release this year. Longer lines each year, but it’s great stuff.
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Monk’s Monday Madness. Dark gold and orange pour with a sizable off-white head, leaving sticky blebs of lacing. Aroma is strong grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Also very sweet, biscuity, doughy, and sugary pine. Mmm. Flavor is huge citrus, grapefruit, and pine, with lovely malt sweetness to balance. Really easy-drinking; smooth, low carbonation, thick, creamy. A top-notch beer, certainly worth the wait. Glad to have had the opportunity to have this and meet some great people in the process.