elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to jcalabre for this. Light gold, small head that laces nicely, very little initial aroma. Tasted this alongside some other *very* premium examples of the style and while it was quite good and has a subtle character that sets it apart from the others, it held onto last place on mine and others lists.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 clear yellow, hoppy, mild musty nose. Defintely need to let this one sit out to open up. This is far more a big APA than an Imperial IPA. Tasting this side by side w/ yulesmith, dreadnaught, 90 minute, ruination, I2IPA & white knuckle, it was the odd one out, style wise. It didn't have the look or flavor of what I'd expect of an imperial IPA, especially when the others did
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly citrus, good hop aroma. Slight citrus note carries throughout with a great bitterness balanced with just enough malt. Finishes drier with every drink. A great IPA.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one reminded me of Ruination. Light amber color, moderate head. Aroma was floral and citrusy. Not overly bitter. Balanced for an IPA, slighly dry finish.
jgb9348 (4296) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear light amber colour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, light floral scents with a nice malt background. Medium to Full-bodied; Sweet taste with floral flavours and a grapefruit/citrus taste. Aftertaste clean, some alcohol showing, with a clean malt presence. Overall, REALLY nice to try...definately worth trying to find, and by far the best Imperial IPA i've had to date! This is an Imperial IPA for haters of the style! Many thanks to egajdzis for the twelve ounce bottle which we sampled it at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on 27-December-2003. Thanks again Eric!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 Thanks to BrianO for this treat. Pours a clear golden color with a thick white head. Retention is good. Aroma is all hops, piney citrusy and fruity with notes of peaches in heavy syrup. Also has a grassy note in there as well. Malt is there but way underneath the hops. Has a nice full Imperial like body that is slightly syrupy with hop resin. Flavor is sweet and with a lasting bitterness that really lingers with each mouthfull. Again as with the aroma, the flavors are mostly from the hops and are a blend of citrus and pine with an emphasis on peaches in my opinion. Malt is there to give it a some balance and finish is just the right amount of bitterness. Overall a top Imperial IPA which I hope will become a regular at Victory.
haddon90 (1350) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks egajdzis for bringing this rare find to Delaware for us! Nice hoppy aroma from the pour. Deep golden/amber pour. Frothy white head. Chewy. Very refreshing and quite good. Great beer to try if you can find it!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 a big whiff of east coast hops, like very christmas tree-like but with a solid tangy backing..smells similiar to DFH 60 min, and Dreadnaught..the color is completely transparent amber and the head is small but still manages to find the energy to climb the sides of the glass...big hop bite...but the hops arent the same as im used to, being on the west coast as i am, so im not yet used to these types of flavors and bitterness..the mouthfeel starts creamy and turns a tangy bitter near the end...big resiny, grapefruit rind feel...actually, the more i drink, the more these hop flavors grow on me...they’re juicy, tangy, citrusy, and fresh...not especially grassy like the west coast IPAs...but still quite refreshing. re-rate newer vintage was too syrupy and strangely bitter and not "quite refreshing" as I wrote in my initial rating.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large white head, good hang time, great freakin lace. Pretty, clear, gold/light amber color. Sweet, spicey hop nose, floral, piney with some inkiness also. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Lots-o-hops with a real laid back malt backup, but the malt is there in the end. Finish is dry and fruity with a good hop(wallop?) bite to cap it off. Freakin nice! I think a month or two of aging and it,ll be even better.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(on tap @ Fatheads) Hop Wallop pours a suprisingly pale yellow, with a firm white head. The nose is all hops, sort of a noble/American smelling blend-much more complex than the usual C-hop dominated IPA. The flavor is all hops, with minimal malt and, nicely, minimal alcohol. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is somewhat lingering and astringent. Overall a good Imp. IPA, but lacks the malt complexity to make it superb.