slowrunner77 (8990) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"no doubt i had a bad one, even though the date on the label had not passed...but the spoiled version is all i have to go on. too bad...Storm King was really good, and I just finished an Alesmith IPA & wanted to compare. This one smelled spoiled & skunky, although there was still a hint of the choice hops that were there, it actually looked good on the pour...even if the head was a little much. Body was nice too, but since it was bad, the flavor made it so i only wanted one swig. not available anywhere near Reno, so I’ll rerate if i ever find it again. Man...i’d planned on sampling Green Flash IPA, but this spoiled crap ruined my palate for the night! rerate from a spoiled 2.3... got a good batch this time. got a touch of skunk in the nose before the hops, but maybe it was in my head. it disappeared when i poured. thinner but smoother than i was expecting. quite hoppy and complex, but not a huge 2ipa, which i guess is both good and bad. solid, grapefruit hops. very very smooth. 9/09 same on tap."
GreatDane1632 (1152) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 25, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated based on notes taken 18 Jul 2011 -- A nice IPA. Hops are slightly underwhelming, mostly bittering. Not much flavor and aroma hops.
eManu (521) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from a 33cl poured a hazy golden body with a nice creamy off-white head that staid some time. Aroma is wonderful, hops, candy, spices and flowers. Flavors of malts, floral, sweet and herbal hops, slightly spicy, peppery. Alcohol, bitterness, nice strong body. Nice strong complex flavors, long lasting bitter taste in mouth, very enjoyable. Great Brew.
vikingguy (1021) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold with big foamy head and lots of sediment. Resinous hop aroma. Taste- first thing noticed is the sweet fruity malt. Tropical fruit. Hops hit you next...piney and resinous. Just a tad soapy. Overall, very nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Bosco (277) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some burnt toast bitterness up front with a quick bitter finish.
Sharp carbonation, thin palate, no complexability.
$1.66/12oz bottle at Publix
Darkmagus82 (2180) - - JUN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-29-12 -
I had had this beer long ago in bottle form, and then recently had it on tap. I was quite disappointed with the tap tasting as I was remembering something much better. I have decided to give it another go, this time in the bottle form I remembered liking well.
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance - Pours a medium golden color with a huge white head. This was very different from the tap serving I had which had almost no head at all. The white billowy head sat with persistence for some time before fading to give a fair amount of lacing.
Smell – The nose is a bit on the lighter side with a base of caramel sweetness, buiscuit , and a medium citrus hop aroma. A very light pine is also present.
Taste – Up front there is a biscuit base that is mixed with some citrus hop flavors and a caramel sweetness. These flavors create a base for the brew as they are present throughout. More toward the middle the caramel intensifies and is mixed with a lighter bit of pine hop flavor. The caramel flavor then begins to lose ground and the citrus and pine surge at the end, leaving a pleasant bitter on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body is on the creamier side with a moderate level of carbonation. Pretty good and pleasurable on both fronts with the carbonation exciting and the creaminess soothing the tongue thus allowing the hop flavors to bath the tongue a bit more.
Overall – Now this was what I remembered!! It was vastly better then my previous encounter on tap, which when looking back at the lack of carbonation may have been an end of the keg pour. This time I was much more pleased with my drinking experience as this brew is quite tasty and does have some very nice characteristics.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at NWAF Manchester 2012. Sparkling slightly hazy golden colour with a brght white head. Fresh hoppy aroma and flavour, peach, pineapple, fruity stuff, bit of spice. Fine work.
arnold931 (1178) - Iowa, USA - APR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a nice white head. Slightly cloudy. Nose is grapefruit with some sweetness. Well balanced. Citrus hop with some sweetness. Dry finish.
Brigadier (3470) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Bloomington (IN)
I was not expecting to see this on draft but when the opportunity presented itself last fall I did not hesitate. A very nice release definite packs a Wallop that hits you multiple times with flavor and depth. Typical of Victory, this is a prototypical Eastern IPA.
Aroma / Appearance - A creamy orange base glimmers with light below lazy legs and stiff white head. Citrus, grapefruit, and bright hops warm the air. This is not meek about trying to compete with the other imperial IPAs.
Flavor / Palate - Smooth despite the high gravity, this mixes malts with hoppy mangoes. The warm finish flows and sticks to the throat. A solid release is worth drinking fresh although it will probably morph into a nice barleywine with due time.
vandc01 (292) - North Branch, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - not an overwhelming aroma, but definately something there. Sweet Piney smell.
Appearance - Cloudy orange hazy color.
Taste - Nice balance between hops and malt. Nice mouth feel. Orange peel
Palate - Very nice. Lingers in the mouth nicely
Overall - Very good beer. I would have it again. Not as "hoppy" as the name suggests though.