superspak (3173) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/7/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good hop complexity and moderate malt balance; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, wheat, bread, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light caramel, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of citrus/floral hop flavors; with a fairly balanced malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
$2.19 single bottled 5/17/13. Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 6/17/13.
Appearance: First of all, I love the bottle -- it has that stubby, Red Stripe-like bottle, if you didnít know already. The beer pours a very slightly hazy orange color with about two fingers of head. Great lacing at the start, but none after the first few sips.
Smell: Very, very sweet to my nose. Candy-like sweetness. Thereís also some citrus aromas in there, and the sweetness almost makes this smell like clementine candy, or something like that. Pleasant, but I donít get the bursting hops that I was expecting.
Taste: At first I didnít think this drank like an IPA, but then I wondered what other style it tastes like ... I GUESS itís an IPA. A lot of sweetness up front with some sorts of non-descript citrus flavors... maybe some banana or something as well. The bitterness comes in on the aftertaste, and itís the perfect amount for this beer. I donít get much wheat flavors at all outside of the first few sips... if it wasnít on the label, Iíd probably not realize it was there at all. The feel is medium through and through... the beer has a solid body to it, and thereís a slight prickly carbonation. This sentence here is a bit out of place, but I wanted to mention that Vicious changes in taste quite a bit as it warms. I tend to find that a beer gets sweeter when it warms up (especially if it was initially sweet when it was just out of the fridge), but this one gets a bit of a stronger bitter bite. The wheat character also comes out slightly, but itís still not *obviously* there -- but maybe thatís for the better. It probably is.
Basically, Iíd like another. Itís slightly more expensive than some IPAs out there, but this is yet another tasty Michigan brew. I give Vicious an overall of 4 simply because, as good as it is, it may be a bit too sweet for my tastes when craving an IPA. At the same time, this beer is just balanced enough that itíd be an easy beer to drink a lot of. Thatís a pretty inconsistent statement, but my point is made: Vicious is a good beer.
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor. Pours a clear yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is wheat bread with some light lemon, citrus, and yeast. Flavor is similar with lemon, citrus, yeast, and some light wheat. Light to medium in body and nice overall.
kaser (3697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very cloudy orange pour from bottle at home. No head. Fruity wheat aroma. Weird grapefruit wheat bitter and apart watery like taste. Sweet and candy like flavor. Not bad
Mittenator (1523) - Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Carmel color with a cream head. Hop and skunk aromas. Sweet, sugar, and hops with a astringent finish.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very sweet aroma dominated by wheat, stale bubblegum, a dearth of hops, and the least bit of nutmeg. A very cloudy, expansive head & excellent lacing retention. Herbal, and batch to batch it varies in harshness, but always the presence of hops undermined by a ridiculous amount of wheat that makes the beer border on nauseatingly sweet. Very low viscosity on the palate, but pleasant hopspice effect. Overall, itís lacking in feel and complexity, though it may very much impress a wheat lover getting into hops.
joshwoodward (572) - - APR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice! Iíd written off North peak, but this is tasty. Not a lot of wheat flavor, but a solid aromatic IPA.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. 3/24/13. Pours hazy amber with fluffy off-white head. Aroma is citrus, grass, caramel, dry; not a whole lot going on in the aroma. Taste is dry, citrus, sort of plastic-like; bitter fruit peel finish. Nice lacing. Low carbonation. Slick mouth feel. I really didnít get a "smooth kiss of sweet death" anywhere here. Thereís somethign sort of musty throughout that Iím not a fan of. Not a favorite of mine.
njager246 (483) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Vicious in a bottle. Hop and citrus aroma! Good taste and finish! A good wheat IPA!!!!
partchapol (58) - Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral sweet great smell; cloudy red amber color; taste rather bland yet bitter, turning slightly sour when warm; right texture; yep I would drink it again