Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2007
on-tap at Pizza Port Carlesblad. The more aggressive version of the elder in a side-by-side tasting. Hop attack of the palate, and a lot of malt. The elder is much smoother, and now my favorite. White head. You don’t detect the alcohol, bit it’s there. mvisser (2) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 2, 2007 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2008 Hops forward and throughout. Sweet but surprisingly light mouthfeel. Malt balances heavy hops and hides alcohol. Watch out! 10 oz. pour perfect for closing out a day. realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JAN 30, 2007
On tap poured a hazed golden/orange color with a small fading head. The aroma was over the top hoppiness, with pine, citrus, grapefruit you name it. And like the other IPA’s from RR this had that sweet sugar aroma and dry finish. Taste was very easy to drink with a smooth hop bitterness and nice sweet malt balance. The Elder is my fav. IIPA so it’s not a shock to taste another great one from RR. duffmanyeah (16) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Had this bear on tap at Stone brewery. Lots of hops full flavored beer. Nice finish with a smooth aftertaste. I would highly recommend it. Cannot taste the alcohol which is suprising for such a high ABV. Cheers! brstp (201) - - JAN 24, 2007
On tap at Toronado. Slightly hazy orange color, looks unassuming. Not a very strong aroma, citrus hopes. When cold tastes just like the Elder -- lots and lots and lots of hops, as it warms becomes more oily and creamy. How do they cram 11% into this?
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2009 Tap again, its better less cold
RR Tap O’briens 1/30/09.
On tap at O’Brien’s in San Diego, on 1/19/07. This was a special batch of the Younger for the 13th anniversary of the pub. Poured pale yellow with no head just little islands of foam circling around. There was basically no aroma for this brew which surprised me. The taste is essentially pure hops. The brew has a very fresh tasting sweet and strong hop flavor. There is also a lot of citrus and a deep throat burn connected to the potentcy of the brew. This is certainly a great beer, I’m glad I made the trip out early to the pub to get my mouth on it. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 On tap at Obrien’s. Big mouth feel. Hop presence is well ballanced but there. Tastes of mild unripened grapefruit, sweet creamy taste. Smooth finish. Wow what a beer. hops4thebest (11) - USA - JAN 17, 2007
On tap at Monk’s cafe at beginning of September. Went back to my notes, but didn’t really need to: this one’s really stuck with me, since it’s pretty much the best beer I’ve had. The balance of citrus, bitter hops and sweetness is extraordinary. I’ve not had the Dreadnaught, but it is hard for me to imagine a better DIPA. Can’t get this in my home state, and it’s going to be a problem--I’ve sampled a lot of fine beers since having this one, and nothing else has lived up to it. luvcasks (178) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
At the B3 learning session in Concord
Poured a light burnished hazy gold with a nice ivory head
Aroma: The treat begins.... hoppy aromas ranging from resiny, citrus, floral, mango and some apricot... with a little malt peeking thru
Flavor: Definitely lots of hop bitters but the hop flavors are immense and complex ... everything. The malt background is big enough to make the hop flavors juicy and explosive. Yum!!!
Mouthfeel: For a big beer, this is incredibly light on the palate finishing clean allowing the juicy hop flavors dance.
Overall: An incredible treat, it is a treasure worth seeking out. Does make sense to use the word Balance here... but it is undeniable, the mouthfeel, the hop flavors and malt in supporting role and clean fermentation. Hop ecstasy in a glass :)
This is a unexpected double treat... what a great beer to be my 100th. I was planning on it being something else CheesedMan (572) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2007
On draft at Toronado. Wow. Hops, hops and more hops. Great beer. Intense citrus hop flavor.