jwest (10) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful color with a strong hop aroma. Very assertive, but remains very drinkable. One of my favorite daily drinkers. I also recommend Tupper's Hop Pocket (Ale of Pils), if you can get it.
desurfer (1246) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2004 This beer has little to no head and a deep amber body. Nose is heavy on piney hops, and flavor is more of the same. Obviously the hops is the dominant characteristic; big, sticky, spicy hops. It reminds me of DFH 90 min IPA. I love this beer!
EKGoldings (610) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best American style IPAs that I have ever had. The malt is there but has to push itself forward with the hop bitterness and aromas. Amazingly, they kept this one in great balance. An IPA with american hops that you will enjoy if you like IPAs.
tmhst30 (10) - Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice aroma and a sexy red body. This is the beer that made me start drinking beer. It's hoppiness is extreme but perfectly balanced. Drink this beer.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice flowery aroma for a bottled IPA, brownish red body, and a quick dissapating head. Very well balanced American IPA, in other words far hoppier that the English equivalant. Nice bitey hop finish. My first Victory product, very good stuff.
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice orange color, well established creamy head which lasts. lots of lace - oh the hops and flavor even served cold
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2006 July 2006 - Best before of Aug 06. Finally a bottle in decent shape! Orange amber body with a decent creamy off white/beige head. (3+) Resiny aroma, very light citrus notes. Resiny lightly citrusy flavour, caramel malt that is lightly astringent at times, lingering resiny hop bitterness. Medium palate is just enough more than average to be lovely. Not as citrusy as some, this has a suprising balance to it and is quite nice. 8/3+/8/3+/17 - 4.0<P>
Jan 2006 - Best before Dec 05 05. Was excited to get this one in a trade, but its another bottle that is showing its age. I have had a couple other bottles that I didn’t rate. It seems to be hard to find bottles of this that aren’t past due. Anyways, Dark amber body with a big fluffy beige head. Muted aroma, mild resiny hops, muted caramel and slight metallic note. Moderate caramel flavour, mild resiny bitterness, fairly muted over all. Pleasant but lacks the gusto of a fresh bottle. Average palate. 6-7/4/6/3/12-13<P>
March 2004 - This bottle from the Beer Bistro was probably not as fresh as it could be but it was lacking the big in your face bitterness and hoppy aromas of the first. Dropped 1 point off aroma and 1 from overall. <P>
Nov 2000 - Like an amplified Anchor Liberty which I had just before. More hops, more citrusy undertones. Piney? Yummm 10/4/8/3/17
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
surprisingly good, beautiful sweet aroma, nice malty crisp flavor, very easily drinkable, and great balance to it definitely a beer you could sit around and pound down or sit and savor!
raymow (985) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, high quality IPA. Great rich, dark color and nice foamy head. One of the best IPA's I've had!
TerryDick (5) - ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled, found in Safeways in the UK) Lovely bright clear beer, very hoppy as the name suggests, initially too bitter for my tastes but the flavo(u)r grew on me, a nice beer for drinking by the fire in the winter reading the paper