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RATINGS: 823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the ‘twilight’ for the bright and brassy hops!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1230) - Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3045) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
acearl (469) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Clear mahogany pour with light tan head, dark and hoppy, nice balance between hops and malt with light carmel and bitterness, very nice combo

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (5111) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2009
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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1566) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10799) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
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.

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