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 (4490) - 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 (1384) - Denver, Colorado, 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 (2400) - 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.
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Clear mango-tinged gold. Dense, pasty, dusty-white foam. Rich, tear inducing pine needle aroma with lemon oil and orange rind accents. Sweat, leather, cane sugar, peach, and glazed pale malt undertones. Biscuity malts surface as it nears room temperature. Extravagant mouthfeel. Extremely soft, chewy, and insanely creamy. Beautiful rich malt start with a boisterous mixture of grapefruity, passionfruity hops. Faint jellied fruit and peppery notes. Finishes with honey-covered malts and sweat as the hop bitterness thrusts and prickles the back of the tongue. Lingering chewy, leathery hop sensations along with honeysuckle, mango, and lemon rind bitterness. Overall, the hops are explosively juicy and the malts are immensely flavorsome; I’m definitely pegging one of these to be of the Noble lineage. This is my kind of IPA. No phenols to speak of, and it’s bursting with hop elegance and malt fullness. And it’s dangerously quaffable, on top of that. Just what you’d expect from these hop artists. Wow!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 Thanks GFB108: Clear copper beer. Medium head,lasting ring.Aroma is massive citrus,earthy,floral hops.I get the feeling there is some spicy German hops in the aroma as well,which is why I like it so much. Nice creamy,thick mouthfeel. Texture is firm. Lots of pale malt flavors,with tons of grapefruit,and fresh/resin hops. Finish is oarnge rind/citrus with a touch of toast. Very much hop-juice styled Ipa,extremly drinkable. Alcohol is hidden perfectly.