spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from VBM in Buffalo. Pours a beautiful deep, cloudy auburn, ruby body with a large long lasting biege head. Good lacing. Aroma is toasted malts, hops, fruits and sweet caramel with some faint booze. Flavor is well hopped, grapefruit, nice bitterness and sweet malts. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Easy drinking, thorough beer.
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear ruby, with a thick, lasting off-white head - strong, resinous, earthy hops hit the nose first, followed by toasted malts, roasted nuts, sticky caramel, a slight woody quality - strong bitterness, bordering on astringency - hops gradually melt into fairly sweet, toasty maltiness, a touch of caramel and toffee - a touch of spruce compliments the warming finish, as the hops swell up for one last blast of bitterness - a fairly solid beer.
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Single bottle buy from the Orland Park, IL, Binny’s Beverage Depot: A very refreshing Brown DIPA. This poured a clear reddish brown body with a sustained, spongy ecru head. The aroma was filled with a fresh hoppiness - yellow grapefruit and lemon zest with a touch of pine. Beneath were traces of a dark caramel sweetness. The flavor began with a lightly toasted dark malt sweetness, but that was soon buried under a surge of hoppy tastes and a serious bitterness. The finish was dry with a prolonged citric bitterness. Nice.
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark brown pour, minimal carbonation and a nice caramelly, nutty and malty aroma. Flavor was big syrupy herbal hops right of the bat, then earthy malt, pepper and finished with a little (but good) alcohol warmth. Good beer for a cold MN night.
gsmitty80 (1741) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another sensational beer from Victory. Had this on tap at the Pittsburgh Bottleshop. Pour very dark and very thick with a strong aroma of hops. The taste was smooth and crisp with a nice balance of malts, hops and alcohol. When i was finished i had a nice warm and fuzzy feeling.
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 (1466) - 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 (933) - 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 (2994) - 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.