OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WCCII Thanks to who ever brought it along. Poured a glorious looking medium gold clear under a large medium lasting head. Awesome fruity cantaloupe and stone fruit (peach) aroma and flavours. Nicely balanced woody hops and light malt sweetness. Finish is medium dry and very pleasant. I was expecting nothing really special and very pleasantly surprised by this one.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 Rerate comments now that this is more readily available and has a larger distribution/production. The looks looks, aroma and feel are the same, but the flavor is still amiss, more pine pitch and perfume flavors that distract significantly. I unfortunately need to drop the flavors a couple notches as well as overall. Golden color with a tall off white head that forms a lasting cm lid of bubbles. PNW hops running amok( understand that noble hops were used, but even Mt. Hood can create interesting aromas). Lots of pine and a small amount of rudy red grapefruit. Hints of malt, but a touch light for my nose. Actually a very nice feel on the tongue, effortlessly glides over the palate. Hints of malt in the start, that are taken back by light pine sap. Malt flavors really do not return, the sweetness is there, but the flavor is amiss. I really like the smoothness of this brew. The name does say it all and I can’t fault them for that. Add a little more malt backbone and this would be great. Thanks gbf108.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is all hops. Flavor is an amazing mix of hops. Citrus, slight pine, slight spice, and a malty cotton candy backing. Very nice.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 WCC2-Poured a light gold color with a sticky white head that wouldn't let go for anything. Swet citrusy hop aroma. Refreshing citrus fruit taste with a smooth malt finish. Great IIPA! I had one of these at the brewery when they first came out. Not knowing the small size of the batch at the time, I didn't rate it right away and was really sorry I didn't. Thanks egajdzis for a beer I've been looking for ever since.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(WCC2) Cloudy golden with medium-large off-white head. Aroma is pine, crisp, mild lemon. Taste is mild sweet, pine/grapefruit, light lemon. Medium body, chewy. A delightful one-dimensional beer.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely hoppy aroma. I've gotten away from my hophead roots lately, but this reminds me of why I like hoppy beers. Golden color with a head that dissipates quickly, but the bubbles float on top for a while. Lovely hoppy flavor, as well. Not too bitter, rich, citrusy (a little orange, a little lemon). Well balanced and clean finish. A very very nice beer.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Finally a good hoppy none west coast beer. Nice flowerly smell to it. Nice hope bite and bitternes
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just cracked the crown on this eagerly anticipated bottle of ale, bottled 12-11-03, and already the sweet, citric aroma wafts out to please the senses, a promising sign.
Fantastically hazy, thrillingly golden, with a mammoth head, pearly-white, bubbly, fluffy-as-a-cloud, very slowly drifting down in size.
Now to check this aroma out, up close: OW-Weee!! there's pine up there, floral a bit, and fruity aplenty, spruce, herbs, this is primeval stuff, potently herbaceous, brilliantly bristling, beyond "bitter". Citrus fruit notes, too, a touch of grapefruit, a faint suggestion of pineapple, peach, but the sharp pine-tar factor looms largest.
Past the lips and onto the tongue, it's surprisingly smooth. Huge hoppiness swims all about the senses, but is, incredibly, never too bitter, and lays on the palate just long enough. I'd call the body medium, and finsh is fruity, tangy, and lastly dry, and of perfect length, for it fades off just as it's time to raise the glass anew. Malt is in excellent supply here, and provides one perfect backdrop, just thick and sweet enough to make the bitter hop bouquet so wonderfully palatable. Hop taste hangs in the mouth happily and long, and the sweetness from the ample malt makes a well-balanced, utterly drinkable, Super IPA.
Sure wish I had me a case of this stuff, or 2 or 3, instead of just a few bottles. Where I don't think it's the most incredible Double IPA (3 Floyds, Rogue, Midnight Sun and more vie for that spot), or most delicious IPA of any kind (Town Hall's Masala Mama is still my sweetie, and Bell's TwoHearted can't be beat, especially on tap), it's really a seducer, with a quality that can surely become addicting. Who knows, maybe someday they'll send it out beyond Pennsylvania and I won't have that problem. As it is, not quite done with it, and I wish I had a few more to keep this hoppy happiness happening.
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Bottle. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, grass), moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Pretty disappointing. Soapy, yeasty nose detracts from the other elements, and it’s somewhat crude and rough in the mouth as well. It’s becoming pretty clear that Victory is not what it once was.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma, to me, is pure pine. No earth, no citrus - this is as flat out pine as I've ever experienced. Highly carbonated, deep golden orange with lots of floating sediment. Some slight sweet fruitiness in the flavor, but very bitter. Not over the top on the sweetness, which I personally like a lot. Malt is subdued, not all that detectable. Damn drinkable, and yes, unbalanced. In this case, though, I like it very much. I owe a huge debt of graitude to pabobcat.