railcat1 (672) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Excellant beer. If you are a hop lover you will love this reminds me of DREADNAUGHT another local great.I got a growler from MJ23 who happen to bail out matt and the guys with his help in restoring the glycol system that went down.MATT (brewmaster) andMJ23 stop by my store(GUSTAVE A. LARSON IN SOUTH HOLLAND IL.) and were in a bind and me and my mgr. got them out of it by providing the glycol and the rest is history.CHEERS to matt and mj23 and great beer.
believeinsteve (4) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A friend brought me this bottle back from his most recent trip to Chicago. When it was bottled, I dont know, but it was opened 10/13, about two months after I got it. Kept refrigerated and away from any kind of light since.
Also I clicked the category for the dark green wax, because thats what i have, but the picture shows red, so i dont know for sure if its the right one, let me know if its not.
aroma: very slight cereal, light caramel, wonderful hop bouquet, not as citrusy as I thought it would be, very nice damp pine forest smells, mixed with some overripe stone fruit. Very minor solventy sweet smell. Similar to hot alcohol esters but not quite. I think it blends well with the aroma
appearance: bright light copper color, thin white head
taste: delicious. great blend of hops, hitting me a slightly sweet aftertaste. This is a dry beer, and the sweetness, doesnt come off as malty but slightly tropical. Not much rough bitterness, but pure hop flavor.
palate: great on the palate. dry, somewhat puckering. seems like light to medium carbonation enhanced by hop bitterness. The hop flavor lingers, but not in an imposing way.
Overall: f-ing awesome. Im a west coast ipa fan, and this has that hopping, but still with a backbone to keep you in the seat. Would get it many more times if i could
urbeer (40) - Lo, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 thanks to Tyee for sending me this beatiful 1 pint, 6 Fl oz bottled IPA with a bordeau (burgundy) waxed top. I guess abv is around 7 to 8%, on the bottle there was marked "OG : Does it matter?" Poured a copper amber ale with a big off white head on top. Hoppy citrus and piney aroma, notes of earthy hops with an interesting light to medium malty presence. Smooth & sweet malty taste up front, with this wonderful crescendo of noble citrussy hops in the back end with an undertone of grapefruit. Aftertaste is sweet bitter, full bodied, and light carbonation. Overall a perfect balanced IPA, I was stunned about its quality, many congrats to Matt Van Wijk. And to Tyee, thx for letting me taste this incredible Gem.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks joe1510 for this one
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a good two fingers worth of white head that last’s a long time then turns to a thick lace that slides down the glass . The body on this is a wonderful hazy orange color
Big hop aromas from this one right of the bat you get the citrus grapefruit and tropical fruit. The pine and grass smell are not far behind, so far I am really impressed with this one
Flavors are first rate for an IPA I know I waited a month after I got this one but I will say that this is extremely well balanced. The bitterness is there but not over the top, good grapefruit flavors, but malt sweetness keeps it from being overly bitter. Quite enjoyable on the taste buds one of the best balanced IPA I have had. Medium mouthfeel a little sticky but with enough carbonation to keep it interesting
A great brew could have drunk more than this bomber by myself, but at almost 8% I would stop at one even if I had more. Although I know it would have been a struggle if I had another one around. Thanks Joe for this treat
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest (9 times!)
The pours leaves a beautiful orange/gold liquid with a redder center and a fine layer of head.
The first woft is green hops and they just keep coming. SLight malt, and slight nut/toffee texture, but the beauty is in the hops.
The first tast is pure awesomeness (real word?). I havent had a IPA this good off the bat since Masala Mama, but, this is it, my new IPA king.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vishnu’s Vice occupies the clear growler and makes it glow orange. When poured into a pint glass there’s no difference. The body has a slight haze to it and the carbonation appears almost still with only a couple rising bubbles here and there. The off white head grew to two fingers on the pour and left some solid lacing on its way down the glass. This is a good looking IPA.
The nose on this IPA is outstanding! It’s loaded with tropical fruitiness including bitter grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and papaya all in that order from most to least. The malt profile is sugary cake like with a drizzle of caramel. My description of the malt doesn’t matter a whole lot though because this IPA is 100% hop driven and those hops are magical. There’s an alcohol so clean in the aroma the only way I know it’s there is the drying sensation in my nose when I take a whiff.
The flavor follows the aroma very closely. A tropical fruitiness drips over every taste bud while the bitter pink grapefruit takes center stage. All the complex hoppiness fits into its own special little niche and contributes to the grapefruit bitterness perfectly. The malt has just enough presence to keep the hops from running roughshod, but the hops are in charge without a doubt. The depth of flavor in this IPA really is something else.
The body of Vishnu’s Vice is right down the center of the spectrum. The carbonation that doesn’t look present is there enough to add a smooth creaminess to the body but keep it moving fast enough to not get stale. The bitterness grows and grows the more I drink until my entire mouth is numb with hoppy goodness.
This IPA is toeing the line of being an IIPA. An argument could go either way as to what it really is but whatever it may be it is going down incredibly easy. These couple glasses are a sheer joy to drink.
I’ve had quite a few of the offerings from Flossmoor including most of the IPAs they’ve had on tap and Vishnu’s Vice is one of their best IPAs and one of their best overall beers period. I actually tried this side by side against Surly Furious at the brewpub today and this was the better IPA hands down; and I love me some Furious. This is a must try if you’re in the area.
LilBeerDoctor (3210) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of inkubus27 (thanks Tim!). Pours a dirty brown with a foamy white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of awesome citrus hops and tropical fruits. Wow. Flavor is quite awesome: citrus, apple skins, mango and other tropical fruits, with a bitter hoppy finish. Mostly malty but reserved so that it’s not heavy or too sweet. Such a well balanced hops/malt ratio. This is a superb IPA and I need more of this...
ilovedarkbeer (2136) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an orange color with a small fo white soapy head. Nose: is pine, catty hops, and delicious butterscotch that I suspect is from the Indian Palm sugar. Mouthfeel is thick and spicy. Taste is the same as the nose with some caramel and sugar and a faint hint of peanut shells. I really like it.
holdenn (2060) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2008 8/21/06 Growler from the pub: Pours a beautiful dark gold with a creamy head. The aroma and flavor like Vishnus with his many arms, is strong. The grapefruit, grassy, and floral nose, suddenly brings me back to this tall grassy wildflower field from childhood. The flavor starts out citrussy on the front of the tongue and quickly moves to the back with bitter grassy piney hops. The bitterness is intense, but its not wholly unbalanced either. Save this one for last b/c your palate will be gone and you will thank the mighty Vishnus for it. 9/4/9/4/17 is equal to 4.3
After riding 35 miles or more on my bike I couldn’t pass this tasty IPA up. I figured I had really overrated this beer in my early rating days, but I love this hop combination and still think this is a phenomenal beer. Extremely fresh spicy, piney, grapefruit, hops that are abundant with malt undertones. Smooth body. Floral, pine, and grapefruit hops with caramel malts and a long bitter finish. Really fresh and tasty IPA. 9/4/9/4/16 is equal to 4.2
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Copper body, off-white head, PNW hop nose. Nicely hopped but balanced example of the style.