21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one had quite a rep, and it lived up to it, it had alot of balls. Rock solid taste, with a delightfully understated aftertaste. If your gonna use the devil in the name, ya gotta bring it, and it does just that.
Ernest (6151) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 Best before Jan 17, 07. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Nice appearance and mouthfeel, but...it just doesnít have a very interesting or enticing aroma and whatís there is somewhat tainted by the vitamin B yeast smell (similar to Prima Pils, but not as bad here). Fairly good balance for the style, but as with a lot of American examples, itís too citric for my tastes.
radiomgb (2220) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have been saving this one for a while and I am glad to say that I was not dissapointed. Creamy head that didnít last all that long. Amber in colour. Dry and bitter with an aftertaste that lingers in the back of your mouth. Fantastic.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This just might be my favorite IPA. Nicely bitter. Incredibly full bodied. Iíd love to give this beer extra credit for itís great palate. Strong biscuity malt aroma and flavor. A great balance of hops and malt. If I was stranded on a desert island with unlimited cases of just one beer, this might be it.
Greybeerd99 (2) - Bristol, Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A hopheadís delight, a welcoming pungent hop aroma, a clean, amber tone, with a firm, durable head, there is no denying the dominance of the hop flavor from start to finish. A glorious example of an American style IPA. Along with some of Dave Wollnerís IPAís at Willimantic Brewing in CT, the best IPA Iíve tasted. Just as excellent on cask.
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appealing citrusy and complex hop aroma, with a bit of malt sweetness. Clear medium amber color. Appropriate carbonation and head for this style, decently effervescent. Flavor profile has some nice Pale malt sweetness to provide balance to the hop flavors, which are quite nice. Finish is hoppy, too, but not particularly dry, due to the malt sticking around until the bitter end, as well. Love the label art, too, heh. Great mouthfeel and flavor, and just a great American IPA all around. Zesty!
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Had it from a bottle, but still want to try the cask-conditioned draught. Great hoppy aroma with a bit of citrus. Foamy head that sticks around for awhile and provides light lacing. Copper brown color. Medium carbed but smooth palate. Nice finish. Refreshing. CASK-CONDITIONED: Like it better from regular tap or bottle. This was served at room temp. Huge head, nice color. OK aroma but more citrusy than hoppy. Had an off 'lemon cleaner' flavor. Give this a 3.8
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, there werenít kidding about the hops. While the entire brew is dominated by the hops presence, it dosenít overdo it. Typical grapefruity-hop aroma, but not all that strong. I really didnít notice the malts much, and the hops left a lingering dry taste. But thatís exactly what itís supposed to do. My taste buds may have grown accostomed to the hops over the course of the drink because by the end, te beer seemed tame. OF course it may have just been too warmed up. Still, this exemplifies what I take to be the defining characteristics of an IPA
ludi (32) - Reston, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vibrant floral/citrus nose. Expected hoppy bitterness. If you know what youíre in for this is great. Iím not looking for smoothness here, but I think the Tupperís Hop Pocket by Dominion has the hoppy boldness this has but with a smoother, more complete taste.
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 An excellent IPA; itís beers like this that make me so partial to this style. Iíve heard all these good things about Victory and had this recommended by a local beer seller. Its serious competition (among those Iíve tried) is the Stone IPA and after a few tries Iíve decided I like this better. [Well, as of 6/16/02, anyway.] Mild aroma hides robust, hoppy flavor (which you would expect in a good IPA) and goes down crisp yet smooth. Iíd definitely have it again.