JMerritt (1867) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the Peoria International Beer Festival. I think this was my favorite of the night. Everything I expect in an IPA, and a must-have for hop heads.
GearHead (32) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy goodness. Great hop smell and flavor. A good body slam for the tongue. Sweet yet bitter. Another great Victory beer.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color; hoppy aroma; little head; grapefruit taste tempers spiciness Pleasing maltiness, long hoppy finish.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange/amber colour. Excellent aroma with plenty of hops (Cascade etc.) and citrus (grapefruit). Based on a pleasant maltiness the flavour develops into a devilishly long hoppy and acidic finish. I also find lightly spicy notes in aroma as well as flavour. All in all a wonderful IPA!
Aurelius (4570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice buttery aroma featuring toffee, caramel and hops. Minor grumbles about the label, but the beer itself is a nice orange, with good pour appearance. Dry-ish but still malty, woody and hoppy. You can tell from the start that this beer is extremely well-crafted. Good mothfeel. Hoppy, but still very mellow. Excellent, excellent.
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Deep amber color, pleasant citrus and floral aroma, short head. Starts with a bit of sweet malt, but finishes with a great hoppy bitterness. This is an excellent IPA, and may be a less expensive alternative for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale lovers like myself.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong hops bitterness in the aroma...sour apple, pine, floral. The flavor was hoppy as well, but sweet...caramel, tobacco, and pine. Wonderful IPA.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
- cloudy amber color with a short creamy head, aroma is straight hops; flavor is hoppy though not excessive, bitter as one would expect from a well-hopped ale, dry as well as a bit of malty sweetness, smooth with a rich texture
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid, smooth IPA. It seems like most beers of this style are extremely similar, with little variation between (most) brewers. For a "Hop Devil," this one has decent, but not great, bite. It seems to me Bells Two-Hearted ale has more hops bite. Not as complex as Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, either, but still not a bad choice.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tend not to be a huge IPA fan, but this was a great beer. Pours with just a bit of white head, a cloudy yellowish color. Aroma is citrusy, and of course hoppy, but not overpowering. Flavor has citrus and floral notes, with hops throughout, but very well balanced, with a subtle but nice bitterness in the finish. I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and well balanced this IPA was.