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...
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful mahogany with some suspended particles and a thick manilla head which lasts the duration of the beer. The aroma is strong, yet balanced blend of pine, grapefruit, earthiness and toasted malts (reminds me of what SN Celebration Ale used to smell like) - very nice. Flavor has a huge malt backbone to support the hops - notes of toffee, munich malt (I think), woodiness and then a blast of pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is ample but balanced-out nicely by the malt. Thankfully, it doesn’t come across as too sweet, definitely a hop heavy beer. Palate-wise, you can’t ask for anything more - medium to full bodied, creamy texture and the carbonation level is just right; not too dull, not too prickly. Well done, Victory.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and resin hops. Taste is very hoppy with big sticky resinous notes along with some wood notes. Berry-like notes in the finish. Medium bodied.
daknole (10041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a big tan head. Aroma is citrus/spicy hops. I also detect some notes of caramel and honey. Flavor is hoppy, but not overly bitter. Light yeast, resin and some bready notes.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark copper with off white head. aroma is big resiny pine hops, a bit of grapefruit. mouthful is a pleasant assault of bitter hops. the roasted barley tries to make a showing but is lost in the bitter finish.
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brass rail, the beer poured dark amber. This beer was exceptionally fresh and tasty, with a piney hop character that wasn’t overly bitter. This is an awesome and very drinkable IPA where the alcohol is hardly noticable. Very well balanced.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up today at Hawthornes after hearing good thing about this beer.
Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown color with dark golden orange/ruby edged when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger yellowish light beige head that quickly dissipaes into a thin lasting ring that coats the glass with lacing.
Fresh earthy and floral hop aroma with subtle citrus notes and a prominent toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of dry piney notes as well as some citrus peel an grapefruit but there is a very prominent hazelnut/biscuit malt aroma that kind of takes away from the more pleasing aromas. I haven’t tasted it yet but it seems like another east coast IPA that has way too much balance and not enough dry citrus piney hops.
Medium bodied and very hop forward with a lot of earthy, dry piney hop bitterness that is countered by a strong malt back bone with hints of sweet caramel and biscuit. Slightly toasty with hints of hazlenut. The bitterness and dry palate remain prominent throughout even though the malt character is a bit too strong. All of the pleasant dry bitter hops are half cut down halfway through. This beer started off amazing but like most IPAs from around here the malt backbon balances things out a bit too much for me. Still, this is a pretty comex and the high ABV is excellently masked, making this very easy to drink.
reggiedunlop (3396) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a deep ruby color with a huge foamy light tan head...great retention and lacing. aroma has a sweet roastiness and very floral hops that exhibit earthiness and subtle spice. very nice! flavor has some roastiness but is quickly dominated by loads of earthy, spicy hops! mouthfeel is slightly oily and lively with a dry lingering spicy hoppy finish. outstanding beer.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Mac’s on West Peachtree. Nice looking beer; huge fluffy head that doesn’t fade away quickly. Reddish brown color; this beer looks pretty damn good. Very aromatic pine and citrus hop aroma. Ah...this beer has a very nice and refreshing aroma. Not a great palate, but a nice pine hop flavor. Wish it were creamier, but you can’t always get what you want. Slight malt sweetness. I like the pine hops, and I love the ABV, but the flavor isn’t exactly nuanced. A nice A.S.A. but I wish it had more malts and more hops to kick it up a notch.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2010 Rerate from an undated bottle. Actually, I feel the exact same way. Nevermind. Old rating follows. On tap @ Father’s Office. Clear ruby with a one finger light beige head, good retention. Lots of scorched toffee and earthy notes dominate, with some sweaty lemony herbal hops behind. Flavor has some stronger lemon sweat, but still plenty of the scorched toffee. Dry finish with bitterness peaking @ a 4-5, with some alcohol. Medium prickly carbonation with a medium-full body. OK. 7-4-6-3-13--3.3