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 (6014) - 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 (2360) - 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.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 Medium creamy head with good lacing, head mostly lasting. Beautiful shiny and clear golden/amber body. Nice full aroma of fresh grapefruit and banana. Taste has some peppery sweet grapefruit. Feel was ok. Overall it was a really good beer.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
What's the fuss about this? Granted, I tried some of the top beers in the world on the same night, so it was up against some strong competition, but this struck me as an extremely regular, though obviously heavily-hopped beer. The underlying flavors don't produce much complexity or excitement.
3fourths (7771) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Clear dark yellow. Big time hop aroma with some pine and butter. Flavor is hoppy and dry, without much complexity. Butter, pecans, and bread in the finish, but this one lets me down as just a super-hopped, marginally-flavored IPA. Beat out easily by Bert Grants Hopzilla when tasted side by side.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely hops in the aroma. Flavor is all hops, but the palate is nice and silky, not harsh like I was expecting. For all you hop lovers out there...
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This poured a cloudy yellow-gold with a medium sized white head. The flavor was super hoppy and really outstanding. I really enjoyed this beer.
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nose literally smells like grapefruit rind. so fresh. nice yeast bits in the bottom. very warming alcohol in the stomach rather than in the mouth. intense hop character. have been lucky enough to find it in bottles as well as on draft, when it is super good. hope they make it a continual product so people can taste it and so the price goes down.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a hazy golden with a decent fluffy white head.   Visible bits float about, lacing seems adequate.   Delicious hop aroma, Cascade perhaps.   Initial taste is of minor pine and light hops.   Mouthfeel is very smooth.   This one isnt overtly hoppy.   Lacks the cloying bitter aftertaste of other IIPAs.   Yes, very smooth to drink, and quite easy to not put down.   Full bodied, slight bitterness on the exit.   I dig it!   Thanks goes out to Pabobcat for the trade!