joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting. A harvest ale with earthy, mineral and bushy hop flavors. I like the lackof thick carmels that most brewers employ to counter or "balance" hop flavors. Full but not extreme bitter. Strange malt aroma thatís reminescent only of Coors. Packs a wallop for certain. Very nice beer.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like a typical pilsner; nice golden color, minimal head, better lacing than usual... Not much special going on here.
Aroma is quite hoppy to say the least. Damn it seems like a pils other than the extra hops. You sure this is an ImpIPA? Smells great, but not what Iíd expect from an IIPA.
Flavor is good. Very hoppy, indeed. But damn, itís not an IIPA. I donít know where Iíd put this, to be honest, but not here. Itís a great beer, but damit, I try to rate to style and if Iím doing that this is lacking. So, itís very well balanced with malt sweetness, (unlike most IIPAs). A bit of sharp fruits although I canít put my finger on it (apricots?). Itís not quite citric but damn near.
Palate is thicker than a Pils for sure; more like an IPA. Very crisp and cleansing like an IPA and very thick, but not to the IIPA style. Nice, but no cigar. Overall this is an awesome beer and should be sought out, but, you know, itís not an IIPA.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Enjoy by April 28, 05. Today is November 30, 04. I have been waiting to get some of this stuff on the clean side of PA and was told by a Pittsburgh distributor that it was coming in. Picked up a case at MIllvale (post flood) and could not wait to try. This one pours a piss-colored dark gold that is completely clear... Hmmm.... I expected it to be more of an IPA.... Pretty big bubbled, airy head that leaves quickly, but leaves most of itself on the sides of the glass.... Hmmm.... Nose is a hoppy (not Cascade or Chinook like I expected, but more like the German or Czech PIls hops) and also a little sour smelling... Hmmm.... How did they call this an IPA, let alone a Double? Taste is bitter immediately but not a citrus hoppy bitter, rather, a Pils bitter (still great) and nice and hoppy, but not what I expected. Nice malty sweetness that arises after the tongue gets good and furry from the bitterness. It fades back to a nice hoppy flavor. Good mouthfeel and nice medium to heavy body. This is completely different than any beer Iíve had before, but another success for Victory. Good earthy, autumn leafy, dirty taste at the end. It doesnít look like a great beer, but it is. Yahoo for Horace!!!
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
not much to the aroma. medium bodied. becomes smoother as it warms revealing some hints of fruit. finish is very bitter(of course). glad i could find this in central illinois of all places
Hazeman (2) - Bronx NY, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2004 does not count
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Nice gold color.Great hop flavor.Not alot of carbonation.Not as strong as i would have thought.This taste a lil but like hop devil.I love the picture on the bottle.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle fron 74th street,orange gold , color decent head, aroma is citrius hopps,clean hop taste lil sweet,meidumbody not syurpy like some other IIpas.very nice at 8% gimme another
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2008 Crystal Clear gold with a nice lasting head. Good solid lacing. Smell was not what I expected, was that of old hops and malt with some fresh hops coming through deeper. Taste is exclusively hops at first with malt coming through later, unlike some I2PAs that demonstrate tastes of malt throughout. This isnít to say that itís unbalanced, just leaves something to be desired? Substantial mouthfeel. Not the smoothest of beers, but not too bad. A decent I2PA, though Iím not sure why itís in 6packs, but whatever.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
had it on tap at DBA, beautifully clear and golden, witha great white head. Instant and strong aroma of hops. The depth of the hop flavor was more interesting than most "overhopped" styles Ive had. Really enjoyable, really well balanced. Could definately have a couple in a sitting.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Comparing this brew out of the bottle and on tap, not much difference and I actually prefer the bottled version due to a bigger hop presence. Pours a golden transparent yellow with a nice white head. Tons of citrus hops dominate the aroma on this brew, very clean and crisp. This brew has a quick buttery smooth malt start that quickly fades into a nice hopped/bitter/grapefruit finish. Very well balanced, smooth and crisp, with a dry finish.
guzzler67 (1653) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden appearance with nice lacing. Hops are clearly the star of the show here, if anyone has any doubts, from start to finish. There was a hint of malts early on in the aroma, but after that, well--use all the adjectives you have for heavily hopped, domestic ales: pine, resinous, grapefruit, lemon, etc. Taste was a little sweeter than the Hop Devil.