frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper color topped by a small off-white head. Hoppy aroma full of pine and spruce with some underlying toasted malts. Faint malt sweetness leads to a pleasant hoppy bitterness with lingering orange and grapefruit flavors. Very nice.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Transparent dark copper amber pour has a well-lacing creamy froth of light tan head. Very resiny piny citrus hop nose has some toasty sweet dark caramel malty undertones. Starts with good viscosity and malty sweetness with lots of fresh grapefruity and piny flavor hops with good bitter balance before a drier, fairly crisp bittersweet finish. Nice complexity and assertive hoppiness throughout. An enjoyable dark double IPA.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a 24 oz glass--4/5 dense head; half the bottled poured. Very rocky recession with some excellent chunk lace on the glass. Dark amber (light brown) color; clear.
Floral but relatively light hop nose.
Nice crystal malt flavor initially. Dry. Strong bittering hop takes over quickly. Rich body with a good balancing carbonation. The aftertaste is loooong lasting, like sucking a hop pellet. A hop head’s beer.
pineypower (2528) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Stateline. Pours out brown with a small tan off white head. Very nice aroma of fresh hops, floral and citrus dominate the hop profile and there is also some roasted malt notes in there too. Taste is fresh resiny hops, with some citrus and floral hop notes in there, with some roasted malts and a slight sweetness. Rather solid brew.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine & More in Cherry Hill, NJ. Hazy mahogany pour supporting a medium and creamy dark tan head. Aroma of fresh cut grass and pine resin that hints at a straightforward West Coast style IPA. Flavor has West Coast IPA throughout - hoppy, citrusy, spicy - but also has a rich, malty backbone with molasses and milk chocolate. Silky, inviting texture and a snappy bitter finish. The best Victory brew I’ve had in a long while.
bvc (1160) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from M&V. Deep coffee brown with a big ol’ white head that settles, but never goes away and leaves behind fair lacing. Aroma is very big in earthy floral piney hops, with some sweet roasted malt, slight citrus...but just really piney and resiny. Very creamy with tight prickly carbonation up front. Roasty and nutty malt, caramel, in the mid palate and then big oily pine hops to finish out and coat you tongue. Well made but a bit unbalanced; you must like big earthy hops to enjoy this one. As I work my way through the glass, it is growing on me.
keepersj12 (2743) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good one for the hop heads out there. Dark brown with a big fluffy off white head. Flavor is nice and malty sweet at the front followed by an intense hop hit after. Great after taste. Very bitter clean finish. Excellent.
acearl (392) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear mahogany pour with light tan head, dark and hoppy, nice balance between hops and malt with light carmel and bitterness, very nice combo
cheap (4174) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
So when I pop the lid, wew big double IPA aroma, so I thought that’s what would come out of the bottle. But no, this is a very dark beer, darker than dark iced tea and it has a half inch creamy head that does not fade. Strong and rude (for a lager lover) initial flavor. Bitter resin from spruce trees. Beautiful lacing on the glass. very strong, yes it does have a high alky taste bud impact but i would say it is not like a 9 percenter. It does have some detectable carbonation, but just barely. There are some dark beer attributes hidden deep down inside this brew but for the most part, just plain in yer face. Finish is long bitter lasting rude rotto-tilling across your tongue impact that seems to last ferever. Double IPA fans better seek this out. Me? I don’t like hops and I bought this on a whim.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz - The Wine Source. Dark crimson, light tan creamy head. Heavy citric spruce aromas warm to soft swirls of melon and roasty chocolate molasses. Deep fresh spicy citric-pine hop blast rounds with a hints of chocolate roast and nutty toffee. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. A great hop fix...