lamas (1548) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Best before: 07/15/11. A crystal clear amber pour with a two finger-thick beige head. A pleasantly pungent aroma of pine trees, grapefruits, citrus rinds, and plenty of spiciness. Goes down relatively thin, crisp, and refreshing. Some semi-sweet caramel upfront in the taste along with a little biscuity maltiness. Lots of grapefruity and grassy hoppiness in the mildly drying finish. Some light spiciness throughout. Very nice. Very sessionable.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange color with a small white head. Aroma of grass and resinous hops. Taste is light sweetness, medium bitterness, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter finish.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grapefruit-caramel aroma. The citrus aspect is the dominant flavor. Almost an India pale in that regard. Nice orange color. Smooth body with just enough kick. Looks like they are right to talk up the brewing water.
kassner (1524) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mad mex. Nice golden color, nice head not much lacing. Comes across more like a german hopped lager, just a tad thin and a bit too much carbonation. Balanced for malts and hops.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is balanced citric and piney hops with a very sweet honey and biscuity and caramel malt backbone. Flavor starts with the same sweet caramel and bready notes, picking up some light pine and citric hop notes before a smooth clean lightly bitter finish. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. A good pale ale, balanced and fresh, smooth and quaffable.
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy orange color with a low, white head. Aroma has a strong citrus and pine nose with a mild amount of light sweet malt. Flavor has a pine/grassy start but moves into a tangerine citrus flavor later, followed by a light malty sweetness. The body is light with a low amount of carbonation and thin feeling. Overall an nice, simple beer.
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, what a pleasant surprise! Pours gold with a white head. BIG citrusy nose. Taste is sweet, bitter, and dry. There’s a nice tropical fruit flavor on the back of the tongue that sticks around for a bit. I would say this rivals Zombie Dust for big, flavorful APAs.
jmohno (1505) - Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear gold very light copper.Short head qwickly diminished to a ring with spitty lacing.
Aroma is nice with toasty malt -slight sweet cereal grain,fresh dankish hops kinda floral and spicey herbal and or earthy.Slightly buttery.
Taste hits you with a toasty bready somewhat foamy mouthfeel,a spicy sting of hops with smooth light carmel toasted malt some mildly grassy hops finishing clean somewhat citrusy with rhindyness gingery pepper.Fairly sessionable with some maltiness and medium/full bodied but clean with hop astringency making it seem somewhat dry at the end. Pretty nice kindof wheaty or bready/toasty malt taste but hoppy with slight fruit tones mainly citrusy.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Well put together. Nothing super unique, but would make a nice session beer. If this stays on as a year round beer it might be my beer of choice for hockey and baseball playoffs. It may not be great on paper, but it is great in the mouth. (Note: Three months have passed since I took these notes and I am halfway through my second case)
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light, orangey gold with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished but kept a nice sheet. The aroma had moderate caramel malts; moderate to heavy tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime hops; lighter pine hops; and light slightly funky yeast. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and moderate to almost rather bitter with an average to long duration. There was citrus hops, tropical fruit, some caramel malt, fruit cocktail, shortcake, some pine and citrus rind. The light to medium body was like watery syrup with lightly fizzy carbonation and an ever so slightly metallic and ever so slightly chalky finish.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dry and slightly bitter. A very good pale ale. Full bodied and utterly refreshing. Another winner from Victory.