Natai (102) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís been a couple of hours since I had a 10oz pour at the Russian River Brewpub on Valentineís Day, last day of the Younger. Iím going to compare this to the Elder, because if youíve had the Younger, youíve probably had the Elder.
Thereís no doubt that the Younger beats the bottled Elder hands down, but Elder on tap is a different story. The bouquets are very similar, but the Younger is a little more hoppy and a little drier in the finish.
Personally, I think I prefer the Elder (just barely). It strikes me as more balanced and a little more drinkable (which could be a bad thing). Either way, itís a damn fine beer you should not hesitate to try if given the chance.
andrew_drinks (196) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at DIPA Festival 2015, Hayward CA. Vibrant orange and super-bright, like it came with its own backlight. No head though - aroma seemed slightly subdued, but still hitting the tropical fruit juice points you would expect, some mango and a bit of dankness. Very oily, almost unique mouthfeel, both thick and dryingly thin at the same time. The obvious flavour is pineapple juice, with some tangerine thrown in, along with peach and some grapefruit in the finish. Finishes dry but right in balance with the hop bitterness. Itís super-hyped, it was the first keg to kick, but it was very good.
sandygoonie (48) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Waited hours for this. Was it worth it NO. But was it one of best IPAs YES. Awesome pine, grass hop oil aroma ever. Fresh hop flavor lupine jump on palate all over place. Some alcohol and decidedly dry finish. Perfect!
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 on draught at apex- pours crisp clear copper with medium head. Nose of hop and pine. Taste is of hop, citrus, sticky pine syrup. Tasty!
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RobertDale (3849) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver. No need to try and describe this legend. I believe that it lives up to the hype. So very glad I got to try it.
to14go (32) - ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Tiger! Tiger! San Diego. Really nice holy aroma. Nice balance Taste and short buttery finish. Nice one!
pdx77 (1461) - Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Apex. Crystal clear golden color. Aroma is grapefruit, passionfruit, herb, and a sweet note. Taste is first sticky tropical candy with some tart grapefruit, segues into intense tropical and pine hop bitterness, and finishes with a hoppy smoothness.
SG111 (300) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 On tap at the brewery. Pale golden color, thin white head. Aroma is lots of hops and citrus, very tropical fruit Aroma, pineapple, mango, orange peach, biscuit malt. Flavor is hop forward, but with a brilliantly balanced honey malt backbone. Long bitter finish. Full bodied. What else can you say? Itís Pliny the Younger. One of the best IPAs out there.
craftbeerdesign (2197) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at The Mayor in Fort Collins on 2/16. Arrived at the table a deep orange with a small white head. Wonderful citrus and pine hop aromas. Med to full body with layers of citrus hop flavors (Amarillo / Simcoe) and some caramel malt sweetness. Nice bitter finish. Very well crafted beer that is well balanced, while accentuating the hop flavor and aromas. The alcohol is well hidden and PtY is extremely drinkable. Had a PtE side by side and the Elder has never tasted so light.
frankieg (5) - la jolla, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
10oz pour at Obrienís San Diego. 10min wait (score). Beautiful tangerine orange with only the slightest remnants of a thin white head. Slight oily sheen on top. Carbonation is low. Taste is very bright and fresh, piney resin coats the palate followed by moderately aggressive bitterness and then prominent floral notes and a bit of passion fruit. Was expecting more citrus and pineapple, but it didnít really come though. Very dry, but hides the ABV extraordinarily well. Malt is far in the background, just my kind of triple IPA, dry, resinous, and very fresh. Glad I got my hands on this one.
badhack (358) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very pleasant IPA to drink. Aroma of fresh hops, citrus and stone fruit. Some pine. Flavor is similar. The malt is a bit recessed but not weak. I thought the fruity flavors really come forth and there is a LONG bitter finish. That 10.2% is completely masked. Not very sticky or oily for a triple IPA. This is a bit hyped but it is also very good and up there with the best.