Dorwart (2457) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin head but nice lacing. Decent carbonation. Color of medium/dark orange/red. Aroma of plentiful hops and mandarin oranges. Flavor is very hoppy with some malt overtones. Finish is hoppy (as you would expect) with a nice bitterness also. A top quality IPA that is very well balanced in flavor. The hops are very prominent but do not overwealm the flavor like some IPA's. Highly recommend to anyone who likes IPA's. You won't be dissapointed.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good IPA but I was not blown away like I was with the Horizontal. Teh beer pours a nice amber/red hue and the awoma is definately citrus and pine. The beer is balanced which is typically commendable, but I was looking for a scary hopped brewin this one. I was not dissatisfied, just looking for something more pronounced.
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Victory hit the nail on the head with this beer. Pours out a reddish color with a creamy white head. Upon opening the bottle, the
hops aroma almost knocked me over. It literally hits you upside the head with hops, hops, and more hops. It is a fine example
of an American IPA, I recommend searching out this beer & buying a case or two, just in case you have a hard time finding it,
like I did. This beer should be in the beer hall of fame, if there was such a place. It deserves the praise it gets.. It has a sweet
malty background, and a crisp, dry finish to it. A class act, if ever there was one. I highly recommend trying this beer if you
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2003 Poured out of bottle, bought at Hopleaf bar in Chicago, 5/3/03. Tight head dissipates to a thin whisp relatively quickly. Pours to a slightly murky amber hue; very nice to look at. Subtle aroma, barely there, and then the extremely bitter hops hit you with a zing almost immediately upon sipping. Medium-to-full body, silky smooth with strong flavor that opens up a bit on the aftertaste; hint of a grapefruit flavor, very long hoppy finish. Probably the hoppiest beer I've tried. Warm feeling, but only a slight taste of alcohol. Very nice alcohol masking considering the ABV % (6.7).
gsmitty80 (2072) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 One of a few victorys i have tried i like this one the best. It was just very smooth and deserves the victory name.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - APR 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet citrus/pine hop aroma backed by some caramel, yellow cake. Smells similar to a light barley wine. Sweet with a moderate bitter finish. Smooth.
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
nice thick hoppiness and heavy aroma. this beer is stupendous and well worth any purchase.
Braudog (6041) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Draft and cask and bottle, Iíve had it all ... Perfect amber color with a shiny dark orange sheen and a head that will last 30 minutes. Bready nose with a hop flower essence. Drinks with an intensely floral hop blast to the palate. May be a tad bit too sharp and cheesy for some, but I find this to be an excellent beer. Itís easily in my wifeís top 5 of all time, and I may have the hop devil tattooed to my calf I love it so much. (On cask, the beer was cloudier and smoother).
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is simply put by saying "well balance and enjoyable" Tasty brew that is so nice and smooth with a nice hop finish and almost a creamy carbonation to it.
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is it for me. My all-time favorite beer. I never get tired of it. Great color. Wonderful hop nose. Tremendous balance. Simply world class.