igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hop damn!! This is one great beer. Iím a bit of a hophead myself, so it is only fitting that this floats my boat. highly carbonated with a creamy off-white head that leaves behind some good lacing. The oft-mentioned grapefruit quality is apparent in the aroma, but DEFINITELY makes itself known in the flavor. Excellent bitterness in this brew that lingers on and on, which is a very good thing!!! This is one of the top 5 iíve tried.
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A little bit too hoppy for my tastes... lingering taste of hops, hence the low rating for palate
tartz99 (10) - USA - MAY 23, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Full-bodied, rich, and unmistakably hoppy. Thereís a good amount of citrus, but the brewers eschewed the overly floral Northwestern approach to high-hopped beers. This is to their credit. The bitterness is apparent throughout, in a very pleasant way. The beer itself is copper-colored, and the head is just off-white. Thereís good lace on the glass, too. All around, one of the best beers Iíve had in a while, if not the best.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
IPA isnt my favorite stype, but this is the best one I have ever had. The aroma is absolutly amazing, the taste is hoppy and rich, but still very quenching, the strength adds a great touch. It leaves a great mouth feel. If I were a gay man, I would like to kiss the wizards at Victory Brewing.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 I have made this my íregular beerí lately, as it really delivers a beautifully balanced mouthful of hop and malt flavors. This deserves a place on any desert island list. RERATE 3/08: Did not compare well to my homebrewed IPA. How the mighty have fallen.
Davhgbrew (729) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy,dark red and a little thicker than the other IPAís Iíve had, but very smooth. When I have an IPA I want crisp and refreshing and this was more of chill and sip brew, and not your typical IPA. But for what it was I liked it. Re-Rate 5/14/02 This brew is damn hoppy, thus coining the name íHop Devil,í though I donít know where I came up with the thick idea from.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
As my beer knowledge grows, I have found that I have gone from a newbie a few years ago who would cringe at the taste of hops to a seasoned pro, who craves a hoppy beer. I compared this to my beloved Bellís Bellís Two Hearted and found it to be just as good, excellent even. Pours out to a beautiful copper, with a slight head. Taste and smell is that of grapefruit and other citrus. The hop taste is fantastic, but doesnít overwhelm the beer. I believe this is due to my palate digging hops, someone who is new to beer would probably make a face. I believe this could be a nice session quaffer. It went down that easy. I still give Bellís a slight nod over Victory ONLY because Victory isnít available in Michigan and Bellís cloudy, golden give it just a slight appearance grade higher. But, if this beer were available here...itíd be a tie.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Easily my favorite IPA, I wish I could get it in Austin, TX. Nice aroma, spiciness, maybe a hint of dull woodiness that I found downright classy. Hoppy taste but not overpowering. Nice mouthfeel and one of those lasting finishes that makes you wish you had another. Excellent!!
esomara (4) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not for the malt lover, this beer is uniquely hopped and has a satisfactory body. The aroma is second to none in strength. Suprisingly, the high alcohol content is not over-bearing.