muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Philadelphia gathering, July 10. Cloudy, bright golden, big sweet fruity nose, orangy-citrusy in the body, could be fuller...seems a bit dry and dessicated at the end. Not bad, but either not at its best or significantly overrated, to my mind.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orangey-amber with a creamy head that diminished leisurely and left some lacing. Aroma and flavor are both dominated by hops. This developed much more of a malt richness as it warmed, turning a pretty one-dimensional flavor into a much more complex and enjoyable beer experience. I found it best at about 60 degrees. Lots of piney and citrus hopiness with a lingering grapefruit rind finish. Medium to full body and mild carbonation.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, it’s like chewing pine cones and hops while swilling back Hop Wallop. I kept looking in the bottle for fragments of hops.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This IIPA pours with an amber-orange body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, grapefruity and slightly piney with a slight maltiness and a touch of other tropical fruits. The flavor is slightly sweet but very bitter, piney and hoppy with notes of citrus and a touch of malt. Meduim to full bodied and very dry.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy, light copper color. The aroma is grassy, citrusy, with notes of bergamot. The taste is lightly sweet with an underlying toasted biscuit malt flavor. Of course this beer is hop dominated, but I like that I was able to get some maltiness up front. There is an astringent grassy note to the bitterness, as well as a resinous citrus/ pine hop note. This finishes with a solid slightly mouth-puckering bitterness. The key to to this beer is to drink it on the warm side of cool, so that the malt notes come out. Overall this is quite good, I just wish it was slightly more integrated, it needs a bit of smoothing out of the astringent notes. Still this is definitely a hop monster, and is a must try for hop heads.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a fine looking ale with a golden color tinged with a bit of brown. The head is off-white and fluffy.
Nose is pure hops, as expected. A grainy, sharpness and a good amount of citrus sting the nostrils, and these hops smell fresh. Taste is full flavored, big hops riding on firm, yet yielding malt backbone. This is more than I expected, and I have to hand it to Victory on the quality of this brew in what is becoming a common style. Piney like a christmas tree, these hops offer some grapefruit notes and are followed by a strength of alcohol. NIcely done.
PisskyNight (13) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
ahhh....finally ... I can’t say much more or even well enough in summary as well as rich has said but here goes
Appearance: Nice bright gold hue....the body has a good 1/3 inch white frothy head....the head is near a sappyness in that it clings to the glass walls pretty nicely....
Smell: Great sweet apple/star-fruit/mellon aroma...hints of floral pine but a great overall nose satisfication
Taste: Great sweet delicate grapefruit taste without any bitterness....not sure how they did that...jolly rancher apple bursts...pears and mellons seem to be the underlying additive....great balance and depth...no malty backbone as rich has stated...nice hop punch... not as overwhelming as I was prepared for....but I like it that way
Notes: I am amazed with this limited release...there were only 32 cases I blieve that night and I am happy to say I have one of them...great stuff
: Reviewed this one again...I realised that my score was too low after drinking many of these for different reasons...possably a fealing of awe while scribbling on a hopdevil coaster
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer after excavating itself from the 12 ounce brown bottle sets in my room temperature Stone India Pale glass a slightly beclouded deep amber color, the head is Brobdingnagian in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color an off white with the lace a fine sheet to conceal the glass. The aroma of hops greets you first, then nice malt sweetness with a citrus like crispness to end it all. Start is sweet with a brilliant malt profile and the top is middling in its feel with the finish iron-willed in its acidity. The hops sumptuous in their spiciness with the aftertaste continuing the hop bite till the very dry end. A magnificent beer that all we “Hop Heads” will love and I thank Bennybrew for this sample.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - 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.