BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2003 Beautiful amber hue; this IPA is all about hops - suprise! Great balanced taste; this is at the very top of my list of IPA's; now that I'm in PA I plan on sampling all of Victory's wares. To use another beer's tag line in an appropriate place "it just doesn't get any better than this".
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2015 Poured dark golden color, with an almost yellow head. Citrus, hop aroma. Smooth hop taste, very well balanced!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This IPA moves in the direction of a strong ale rather than the direction of an imperial IPA, which is OK. Good head with great copper/amber color. Great hop presence with minimal bitterness. Probably not enough hops for you average hop head, though still a great beer. Now available in Oregon!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not one of the best IPA's I've had and certainly nothing compared to some of the California IPA's. Poured a amber/copper color with very small head. Head dissipates quickly to almost nothing. Aroma is nice but more like an APA than an IPA. Smooth on the palate and slightly crisp. Flavor is a good balance but in my opinion just an average IPA. Also bottle could use a make-over.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A deep copper color. A slightly off white head; that faded fast in the middle, but cliung to the sides of the glass. smooth and hoppy. One of the most hoppist beers i have ever had. A real sharp but pleasant aftertaste that last for several minutes after the first few sips.
guzzler67 (1665) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2015 Deep copper color; good sized headand nice lacing. Citrus aroma with a distinct grapefruit quality. Spicy hops dominate the flavor , but there is balance in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with an average length finish. This has been consistently well made over many years and remains a personal favorite.
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber hue with frothy white head. Potent hoppy, floral smell. Exhibits a strong citrus bitterness(but not overwelming).
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great looking deep amber body. Floral, hoppy nose. Fruity taste that is balanced very well with hoppy bitterness. A very well-rounded I.P.A.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 Great amber w/a nice(orange tinted) head/good lace.Smells of Victory.Balanced east coast IPA.Unique, delicious.The Taste is stellar, balanced with a great(german like) malt-backbone.Grateful for these hops.Nice candy sweet hops and malt.Nice tingle on the tongue.Dry finish.I have been seeing served more places too which is a very good thing.Though this is more of an India amber ale,isn't it?
judge (8) - New Cumberland, USA - MAY 30, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hoppy in nose, flavor and finish. Good citrus tones and rather refreshing. Rather smooth and combined flavors.