alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from bvc. Really dark brown/black with a billowing head that lingers a long time. Nose is resinous, wet earth, swiss cheese and piney hops. Forgive the poetic interpretation, but I imagine standing in a field of hops near Yakima would smell like this after a thunderstorm. Taste is surprisingly heavy on chocolate to start, then an assault of piney hoppy resin and bitterness finishes. The finish is slightly slick and a little much on the roof-of-the mouth lingering biterness, but this was an enoyable one. Thanks, B.
skoisirius (1200) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A surprise when this showed up at Full Throttle! Hoppy as fuck in a bottle at 9% can easily sum this beer up. Not quite sure what hop is so prevalent in this one, but they make sure you know. Makes me so proud to have Yakima in my backyard pretty much! Ha. Anyways, this guy is huge on the malt up front and gets swarmed by hops all over the place. Nice bitterness, nice and huge piney citrus, but dry overall. Lasting flavor for ten plus minutes, this is a great addition to the Victory lineup!
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
6 pack from North End Market. Poured into shaker. Pours a clear orange/amber with a deceptively aggressive tan head that holds and laces nicely to the finish. Pretty uncomplex with alcohol upfront in both aroma and flavor. Some background notes of light malts and a bit of dry finish with bitter hop aftertaste. A great 6 pack for sure.
rajendra82 (872) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2011 The clear and deep burnt umber body, and a dense three finger thick head, gave this beer a dignified appearance. The aroma was quite mild for a beer featuring a hop cone on the artwork so prominently. The hops that were present were earthy and spicy, and backed by caramel malts. The taste was toasty with a large helping of spicy and herbal hops. Some pine and citric hop presence, but not as much as most others of the style. Somewhat sticky in the mouth, although the body was not as thick as most other DIPAs. Aftertaste was mouth tingling but short. Enjoyable DIPA, but there are many others that are more remarkable.
aracauna (2855) - Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I didn’t have the slightest clue what kind of beer this was when I bought it, so I was a little surprised when it came out so dark. The head is thick and sticky and the body is a perfectly clear dark mahogany. The aroma smells sharply of hops and the flavor has a nice burst of cocoa and toast. The bitterness in the finish is perhaps a little bit unbalanced, but overall a very nice beer.
curly (2395) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark ruby with a thick beige head. Aroma is plum and fresh hop resin, very dank. Taste is bitter grapefruit, pine and balanced well by thick sweet malt. Medium body and smooth carbonation.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz draft served in a clear pint glass at The Brass Rail. Pour was a dark ruddy brown with two fingers of light beige head. Nose was powerful citrusy hops, floral bouquet, malt, and a bit of pine. Taste was strong hops, but the malt and citrus mellowed the burst from flaring, to slow and steady; it also hid the respectable ABV very nicely. Not my favorite double IPA out there, but still a pretty good offering.
oOJUXEOo (188) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tony’s Place in Ivyland. Color is a deep rich red / brown. Head is not strong. Smells of hops hit your nose. Maybe Crystal hops? I would say this beer is more hop heavy than malt. Alcohol is well hidden under hop kick.
crackedmachine (412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, ruddy brown with a foamy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of malt and spicy hops. Flavor is heavy on the spicy hops, but the dark malts balance it out very nicely. Lively palate with a bitter, lasting finish, and some warming alcohol. This is indeed a very hoppy beer, and a nice change of pace from the fruitier hop profile of some of the West Coast IPAs I typically drink.
Strykzone (3816) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An inviting pour, this beer is dark brown with plenty of red highlights and a big tan head that has excellent retention. The aroma is also welcoming with chocolate and toffee malt and hop notes of pine and citrus. My impression is of an old world feel but with West Coast American hops. Those hops assert nicely. The chocolate flavor doesn’t so much compliment as attack different taste buds providing a multi sensory drinking experience. It is almost like drinking two very different beer styles at the same time. With warmer temps the hops became more assertive. This is a bold beer, as bold as many impys and a bit too much for my taste. Interesting, flavorful, and unique, though.