Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent IPA. Amber color, good off-white head, slight haze. Flowery, citrusy aroma of American hops. Flavor balance a little on the bitter side (as it should be for the style), but you can definitely taste some supporting malt sweetness. Medium-full mouthfeel. One of the best IPAs I’ve had, perfectly balanced for the style.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out of the botlle with a head that will rise a 1/2 inch out of the glass if you let it. Great copper color and very clear. Very, very fine steams of bubbles that spin like a tornado and rise from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is hoppy and very flowery, violets I think. Taste is big chewy hops, and again quite flowery. The aftertaste is acidic and sticky pine sap. Excellent, I have not rated a Victory beer below a 4 except for the Prima Pilsner, (still my highest rated pilsner)
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
The hops are awesome. This tastes awful out of the bottle and wonderful in a glass.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 Maybe there should be a category beyond IPA to encompass beers like this (and Alpha King). Very full bodied mouthfeel to offset aggressive yet refined hops. Great deep color with a light head. Quite an experience.
Addendum: Had this at the Real Ale Festival in Chicago. Firkin temperature magnified the complexity and this beer held up very well.
freekyp (1569) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 Wow, that is IPA as it should be. Hoppy as all hell. Great with spicy foods. hop Devil pours an angry cloudy amber and sports a fluffy off white head that clings to the glass with abandon. The great thing about this devilish brew is that it does not leave its malt character behind in place of hops, but carries the hops on its nutty backbone. This brew has one demon of a finish with the hops rising to a clanging crescendo, then slowly receding. These days, Hope Devilís ample hop profile is not that extreme, but this brew still schools the over the top double IPAs with superior character.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great balance with the malt and the hops with a strong hop flavor and aroma. Beautiful color with nice dry finish that keeps me coming back for more.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great blend of malt and hop. Was thinking it would be a lot more hoppy, but was ever so suprised to find a great blend of the two.
magruffltd (10) - USA - DEC 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I agree with the last review. It was one of the best IPAs I ever had, but the quality has seemed to dropped on the last few batches.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a strongly hopped yet most pleasantly blended IPA. Have to admit that it has slid down my list the last few months. But the beautiful mix of malts with aggressive hopping still makes this a classic.
nlanza (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honestly, I was prepared for a much hoppier and more aggressive beer. Iím glad I didnít get that, though -- instead I got a very nice and drinkable IPA with enough malt to make it interesting.