Darkmagus82 (1940) - - 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 (758) - 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 (3190) - Clevelandish, 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 (159) - North Branch, Minnesota, 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.
rumproasts (3576) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Golden with one finger head. Medium body. Big citrus hops, grapefruit especially. Solid big IPA.
jmagnus87 (2825) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. Bottle from a local store. Loads of hoppy fruit flavors. Citrus, pine and caramel. Pretty good.
BobGuts (22) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I just did my 2nd sampling of this brew, it wasn’t any better then first a few months ago. I like many of the Victory line up, but this iPA doesn’t do it for me. Maybe to hoppy?
CpyNPrnT (474) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. A decent DIPA, but very sweet. Definitely hoppy, very sweet with some floral notes, grass. Retired now, indifferent on the beer.
Beerhunter111 (9661) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein orangegoldenes Bier mit geringer aber schönen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig herb, fruchtig, tropische Früchte. Geschmack stark malzig bitter, fruchtig herb, minimal würzig.